De La Salle University-Manila Library

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The façade of the DLSU Library

The De La Salle University-Manila Library or the DLSU Library was established in the 1950s when the collection of the combined high school and college libraries were transferred to the St. Joseph Hall. The library was located in the first two floors and started operations with barely 10,000 books and a reading area able to seat 100.

In 1985, the library was moved to a fully air-conditioned, four-storey building located behind the St. Joseph Hall, built through a donation from the Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the sponsorship of the Christian Brothers Conference of Illinois, and through donations from the University's alumni and benefactors. In 2006, the library opened an extension at the second floor of the Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall.

It has over 6,800 square meters accommodating its collection of approximately 290,000 books, 10,000 periodical titles, 1,000 CD-ROM volumes, 10,000 audio-visual materials, 1,200 units of media equipment, 30,000 theses and dissertations, 25,000 volumes of other print materials, 772 maps, and 161 pieces of artwork.

The University Library was named as the Outstanding Library of 2003 by the Philippine Academic and Research Libraries (PAARL), the first library to be such honored.<ref>De La Salle University Library Newsette, Vol. XXXI, No. 5</ref>

The library is under the Office of the Assistant Vice-President for Academic Services and is headed by a Director. It has a page on Facebook


Library Administrators

Listed below are the De La Salle University - Manila Library Administrators from 1949 to present:

  • Mr. Antonino P. Lazo
College Librarian, 1949
  • Mr. Roberto A. Bermudez
College Librarian, 1950-1962
  • Br. J. Cyril FSC
Director of Libraries, 1963-1967
  • Br. Vicente Vigilia FSC
Director of Libraries, 1968
  • Mrs. Narcissa V. Muñasque
Director of Libraries, 1969-1984
  • Dr. Priscilla Arguelles
Director of Libraries, 1985-1987
  • Ms. Perla T. Garcia
University Library Director, 1987-1994
University Library Director, 1994-1998
  • Ms. Perla T. Garcia
University Library Director, 1998-2006
  • Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido
University Library Director, September 2006-present


American Studies Resource Center

The American Studies Resource Center (ASRC) was established when the Embassy of the United States in Manila donated the library collection of the Thomas Jefferson Library to the University Library in May 2000.

The center was formally opened in a ceremony held on October 18, 2000 through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Deputy Chief of Mission Michael E. Malinowski and DLSU President Br. Rolando Dizon FSC, marking the continuous collaboration of the two institutions in furthering the development of the American Studies Resource Center.

The European Documentation and Research Centre

The European Documentation and Research Centre (EDRC) is currently located at the ground floor of the University Library and was conceived as a project of the European Commission in collaboration with the European Studies Consortium of the Philippines. The European Studies Consortium composed of De La Salle University-Manila, the Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of the Philippines, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Commission (EC) to promote European studies among a number of high level academic institutions in the Philippines, and to reach out to the Philippine business community in creating an improved awareness of the European Union (EU) as a business partner. It commenced its operations in June 1997 and formally inaugurated the following year on June 25, 1998.


The Filipiniana Collection includes all materials or publications about the Philippines, its peoples and culture, regardless of author, imprint and language. The Filipiniana Section collection is located at the 4th floor of the University Library although Filipiniana periodical materials are integrated with the periodical collection at the Periodical Section. In the same manner, duplicates of selected current Filipiniana reference titles that are sources of demographic and statistical data are kept at the Information-Reference Section.

The Filipiniana also includes the Ambeth Ocampo Collection, the Rizaliana Collection, and the Philippine English Data, a database of an extensive corpus of oral and written samples of Philippine English. The family memorabilia of Elsa Bitanga-Valeros is also displayed in the Filipinana Room, showcasing Philippine culture in the forms of antique furnishings and furniture.

Instructional Media Services

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The Instructional Media Services Unit

The Instructional Media Services (IMS) unit provides the De La Salle University academic community with multimedia and audiovisual resources and services to meet their instructional and research needs.

The IMS houses and circulates more than 2,000 video tapes and assorted resources such as audio tapes, slides, and multimedia sources in CD-ROMs and a wide array of audio-visual and projection equipment and devices.

The IMS also provides services such as the scanning of graphic materials, transparencies, slide production, and video and photo coverage. The IMS also issues referrals for users who wish to borrow films and other multimedia materials from external lending institutions.

Special Collections

A view of the Special Collections

The Special Collections include the Center for English for Specific Purposes Collection, the Philippine Oral and Local History Collection, the Japan Studies Collection, and the collections of Efren R. Abueg, Aurelio B. Calderon, Isagani R. Cruz, Clodualdo B. del Mundo, Jr., Br. Rafael Donato FSC, Marcelino A. Foronda, Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC, Alfredo E. Litiatco, Francisco Ortigas, Emerita S. Quito, Jose Javier Reyes, Robert Salazar, Lorenzo Tañada, Elsa Bitanga-Valeros, and Wilfrido V. Villacorta.

University Archives

The University Archives was formally organized in 1973 as the College Archives, and became a major unit of the Library in 1989. As the official memory of the University, its collections span the entire history of the University, from 1911 to the present. However because of the destructions brought by the Second World War on the old building, many of the early records and library holdings were lost. Its objectives are:

  • To serve as the "official memory" of the institution
  • To appraise, collect and organize all available records of permanent/enduring value
  • To preserve and make them available for use
  • To serve as a repository of Lasalliana, and other special collections
  • To provide records management services in the handling of current or active records


The purpose of the De La Salle University Archives is to preserve for research use every historically valuable material created or received by the University as evidence of its origin, growth, and development. To achieve this goal, the Archives will:

  • Appraise, collect, organize, arrange, describe, preserve and make available University official records of permanent administrative, legal, fiscal, historical and intrinsic value; and assist in the preservation of unofficial records, personal papers, and other materials relating to the history of the University;
  • Provide adequate facilities for storage and retention of such records;
  • Provide information and reference services that will assist the university administration and faculty in the operation of the University;
  • Facilitate efficient records management that will assist in the University’s administration of all active and current files;
  • Serve as a research center for the study of the University’s history and the role of DLSU in the growth and development of Catholic education in the Philippines;
  • Serve as a permanent repository of La Salliana materials and other special non-book collections of significant historical/research value, such as the personal papers of its faculty and alumni; their literary and art collections; gifts, mementos, memorabilia and other “realia” received by the University; and such other manuscript and non-book collections as the University may receive from time to time from its benefactors;
  • Promote historical research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collection by members of the academic community and patrons and friends of the University;
  • Enter into cooperative relationships with other archival institutions and historical societies to provide better services and pool resources for the common good of the academic public at large; and
  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the goals and programs of the Archives and increase awareness and appreciation of its activities through exhibitions, publications of its holdings and activities, seminars and workshops.

The collections of the DLSU Archives are classified according to the following categories:

Entrance to the Archives
  • Official University Records
  • Institutional and Historical Records
  • University Publications
  • Faculty/Student/Personnel/Alumni Files
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Visual and Multimedia Collections
  • La Salliana and Other Special Collections
  • Memorabilia, Artwork and Museum Collections

Official University Records

These pertain to official records created or received in pursuit of university business such as memos and correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, financial records, and the like, arranged in record groups according to the administrative unit that created the records. Access to these records vary. Student records are restricted for fifty years after graduation, or counting from the last year of severance of relations with the University. Faculty records are restricted for a period of twenty-five years from the time of separation from the University. As a general rule, use of university records require written permission from the current head of the administrative office or department/unit where the records originated.

Institutional and Historical Records

Here are found manuscripts and printed documents about De La Salle University from its founding in 1911 until early 1970s during the Connon Presidency, when archival documentation on the institution has not been formally established. Many of the documents on the Connon years may be found at the Provincialate Archives of the De La Brothers in the Philippines, which is located in the Provincial House, La Salle Greenhills, Mandaluyong City. Earlier records and printed documents (from 1911 until the late forties) are irretrievably lost due to the destruction wrought by World War II and its aftermath. Photocopies and microfilmed reproduction, however, have been made of some of these early records found in the Archives of the Mother House in Rome and in other archives of the Christian Brothers in the United States.

University Publications

These materials include catalogs, brochures, bulletins, handbooks, manuals, yearbooks, directories and annual reports issued regularly by the University. Also included are journals, newsletters, and campus newspapers published by the academic community (Administration, Faculty, Students, Non-Academic Personnel, and Alumni). The De La Salle University Press publications belong to this category. Access to the Press publications is restricted to room use. Photocopying “beyond fair use” is prohibited. Access to articles in these publications is available on line in CDS-ISIS via the Article Database. Information on university events is chronicled by the Archives and accessible online via the WebOPAC.

Faculty/Student/Personnel/Alumni Files

Mostly containing biographical material and published and unpublished writings by and about the individual faculty, student, academic and non-academic personnel, and alumni of De La Salle University, these files are arranged by sub-categories and thereunder alphabetically by name. Faculty papers may include extensive collections of correspondence, clippings, personal university files and memorabilia. Use of the faculty papers, including their unpublished materials, requires prior written permission from the concerned faculty. The Faculty Publications Database is available online.

Theses and Dissertations

Here are found extant copies of graduate and undergraduate theses and dissertations submitted to the University, the earliest of which dates back to 1951. They include research studies in the form of essay, case study, feasibility study, industry study, and project paper. Faculty theses and dissertations (donated to the Archives by faculty who graduated from other institutions) form a third group under this category. Use of graduate theses and dissertations is restricted to graduate students, faculty, and research scholars. All doctoral theses are available in full-text in cd-rom. The Theses Database for both graduate and undergraduate collections is likewise available online.

Visual and Multimedia Collections

The photograph collection of the Archives belongs to this category. Pictures are arranged by type and other sub-categories. Also included are audio and video tapes of events, activities, and other oral/visual documentaries on university life. Microforms and CD-ROMs also belong to this category. More than 400 blow-up reproductions of pictures taken on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebration are likewise included.

La Salliana and Other Special Collections

The La Salliana Collection is generally a basic reference collection of print, non-print, published and unpublished material pertaining to St. John Baptist de La Salle, his life and teachings, and those of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

Special Collections Reading Room

Under the administration of the Archives are special collections donated/deposited by some members of the faculty, to name a few, Aurelio B. Calderon, Isagani R. Cruz, Emerita S. Quito, Efren R. Abueg, Marcelino A. Foronda, Tereso S. Tullao, Wilfrido Villacorta, Robert Salazar and Brothers Rafael Donato, and Andrew B. Gonzalez, FSC. Also included in the Special Collections, but housed separately, are donations from two illustrious alumni of the school, namely, Lorenzo M. Tanada and Francisco Ortigas Jr. The Lorenzo M. Tanada Memorabilia Collection houses his personal library and manuscripts, while the Francisco Ortigas Jr. Conference Room, not only houses his library and selected personal papers, but also his own tektite collection. The Ortigas Room functions also as a small seminar room Books donated in the Special Collections are accessible in the WebOPAC.

Memorabilia, Artwork, and Museum Collections

The Archives houses a collection of gifts, mementos, and other realia, mostly documenting university activities and events. The Memorabilia Room on the fourth floor contains an Orientalia collection of official gifts given to the University President and other administration officials. Also found in this Room are religious articles donated by Bro. Thomas Cannon. Adjacent to the Room is a numismatic collection of rare Philippine currency donated by Mr. Felipe Liao in 1989. Also included in this category are the Artifact Museum Collections of Mr. Daniel R. Tantoco Jr., and the Pottery Collection of Mrs. Alicia Sandoval Laya, wife of former Central Bank Governor Jaime C. Laya. These beautiful collections are on permanent exhibit on the ground and fourth floors of the Library. Also in the Archives safekeeping are over 200 artworks in the permanent collection of the Library.


Cybernook, Ground Floor
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The Periodicals Section on the 2d Floor

Located on the ground floor of the University Library are some administrative offices of the library, the Instructional Media Services (IMS) unit, the European Documentations and Research Centre, and the American Studies Resource Center. The Cybernook, the Don Francisco Ortigas Seminar Room, and the Lorenzo Tañada Corner are also located on the ground floor.

The second floor is home to the Reference Section, the Periodicals Section, the Library Viewing Room, the Individual Viewing Room, a mini E-Classroom, a Graduate Students Corner, and the offices of the Director of the University Library.

The General Collections is located on the third floor as well as the Faculty Corner while located on the fourth floor are the University Archives, Filipiniana, and the Special Collections. The second to fourth floors of the Library are equipped with photocopying facilities. The Library also has its own art collection that is displayed prominently about the library building. The entire building is also Wi-Fi enabled.

In addition to the facilities located in the University Library Building, the University Library's Instructional Media Services unit is also responsible for the acquisition, operation and maintenance of all the technical requirements of the following viewing or multimedia rooms, theaters, and seminar rooms:

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  • Function Rooms
  • Seminar Rooms
    • Waldo Perfecto Seminar Room (Ground Floor, Br. Connon Hall)
    • Ariston Estrada Seminar Room (Ground Floor, St. La Salle Hall)
    • Pablo Nicolas Auditorium (3d Floor, St. La Salle Hall)
    • Tereso Lara Seminar Room (2d Floor, St. La Salle Hall)
    • Br. Hugh Wester Seminar Complex (Conference Rooms A-D, St. La Salle Hall)
  • Theaters
    • Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium(7th Floor, Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall)
    • William Shaw Little Theater (Ground Floor, William Hall)
    • Gonzalez Hall Theater
  • Viewing/Multimedia Rooms
    • Velasco Building Viewing Room (2d Floor, Velasco Hall)
    • Miguel Building Viewing Room (4th Floor, St. Br. Miguel Building)
    • PHINMA E-Classroom (3d Floor, St. Br. Miguel Building)


  1. De La Salle University Library Newsette, Vol. XXXI, No. 5

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