The Library Hub is a program by the Department of Education aiming to address the lack of public libraries across the countries by setting up the eponymous library hubs.
The hubs operate warehouse style, compared to the traditional public library setup--instead of books being individually placed on shelves, they are stored in plastic bins for storage. These bins would then be checked out and brought by teachers and administrators of public schools to their respective public schools, to be returned after twenty-five days. While at the school, these books can be borrowed--or even brought home--by the students until the books are to be returned to the hub.
Launched in 2003 by then undersecretary Juan Miguel Luz, the project has now set up library hubs in 32 school divisions all over the country, for a total of around 145 hubs built since 2004. The hubs are financed by both the public and private sector, with major donors having the option to name the hubs whichever way they like.
The hubs are currently home to 176 local titles and 98 foreign titles, with a total of 1,555,340 copies. Books include “The Boy who had Five Lolas” by Grace Chong, “May Pera sa Basura” by Lamberto Antonio, and “Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien.
Requirements for a library hub
Several steps need to be taken before the actual hub is set up.
First, the division superintendent or the sponsor will send a project proposal addressed to the office of the undersecretary for finance and administration of the DepEd at the DepEd main office in Pasig.
The DepEd Library Hub team will then conduct a site inspection for the location of the proposed facility. The location must be accessible to public schools and/or a government building, with a lot area of at least 250 square meters. Meetings with sponsors and recipients will then follow, along with an evaluation of other documentation.
If the requirements are met, the project will finally be approved by the education undersecretary or secretary, after which the actual construction of the hub may begin.
Success and Setbacks
The construction of the hubs are said to be instrumental in the improvement of student performance. In a press release dated September 3, 2009, 15 out of the 32 school divisions with hubs have registered a 50 Mean Percentage Score or higher in AY 2005-2006 and AY 2006-2007. Several school divisions with hubs, such as Pampanga, posted a more than 9% increase in their scores in AY 2007-2008.
Despite the initial success of the project, some hubs are still unable to operate full time due to lack of trained personnel to manage the hub. To augment this problem, hubs come with trainors from the National Library, the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University to train teachers, and later, full-time staff, to manage the hubs. Volunteers have also stepped in to help out, as in the case of the Raul S. Roco library in Naga City.
Some Library Hub Locations
A more complete list of Library Hub locations can be found here.
- Pasig/San Juan (2005)
- Industrial Valley Elementary School, Marikina (2007)
- Concepcion Elementary School, Marikina (2007)
- Malanday Elementary School, Marikina (2007)
- San Roque Elementary School, Marikina (2007)
- Baguio, Benguet, Mt. Province
- Doña Eva Macapagal Memorial Library Hub (DEMMLH), Juan Macaraeg National High School, Brgy. *Carnarvacanan, Pangasinan (2009)
- Cabanatuan City Library Hub, Nueva Ecija (2007)
- Macabebe Elementary School, Pampanga (2008)
- Pilmico Animal Nutrition Corp., Cristo Rey East Elementary School, Capas, Tarlac (2009)
- San Pablo, Laguna (2005)
- Lucena, Quezon (2005)
- Albay (2005)
- Camarines Sur (2005)
- Raul S. Roco Library - Naga City Public Library (2005)
- Bacolod, Sagay, Silay, Negros Occidental (2005)
- Petron Library Hub, Jordan, Guimaras (2007)
- Baker and Mackenzie - Negros Oriental Library Hub, Duamguete (2007)
- Leyte, Biliran, Tacloban (2005)
- Catarman, Northern Samar (2009)
- Misamis Oriental (2005)
- Bukidnon (2005)
- Iligan (2005)
- Cugman Elementary School, Cagayan de Oro City (2008)
- Department of Education (DepEd)-DOLE Asia Library Hub, Davao City (2005)
- Tagum City National High School, Tagum City (2009)
- DepEd-USAID/Brother's Brother Foundation Library Hub, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao (2009)
- Official DepEd Library Hub Community powered by Ning.com
- Library hub now operational - Sun.Star Pampanga
- Mother tongue-based education, Library Hub and Tagum City
- DepEd to put up 184 Library Hubs - Sun.Star Manila
- Non-readers benefit from library hub - Inquirer.net
- How to build a Library Hub - Inquirer.net
- Library hubs help student performance - DepEd
- DepEd-USAID Project: Shariff Aguak's first Library Hub opens
- Petron Library Hub, School open doors to Guimaras schoolchildren
- Pangasinan library hub featuring e-library inaugurated tomorrow
- DepEd library hubs serve distant schools - Inquirer.net
- Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation
- iReport - A Nation of Nonreaders - Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
- Dumaguete offering more than just 8-5 classes
- LGU Tagum and DepEd sign MOA for Library Hub Project