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Manila's 10 Best Libraries
Places that will get you turning pages
By: Mikee O. Garcia  |   Published on: Aug 10, 2012 - 9:00am

( The dawn of the Internet age has made information accessible with just a click of a button. A whole tome of adventures and travels await us online, and we can have it all without even moving from our seats! But then again, there’s nothing like the feeling of sitting in a cozy spot with a book in your hands.

Thankfully, libraries still exist in Manila. Here are 10 that are more than willing to take you in as their guest. At the end of the day, we believe that nothing beats the smell of a good book, old or new.

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  • Tarsius
    The Filipinas Heritage Library is closing this month. It will reopen at the Ayala Museum next year.
    Nov 15 2012 @ 10:08am     Reply  
  • Darla
    UUH, GUYS? Maybe the writer is giving us more options other than the obvious and typical go-to's for reading. This would have been a worthless article if it tells us what we already know.
    Aug 13 2012 @ 02:20am     Reply  
  • Kidzd
    @prof liza... maybe because rizal library is for the exclusive use of Ateneans and staff just like the other schools' library like ue, up etc.
    Aug 12 2012 @ 10:15pm     Reply  
  • prof liza
    why is Ateneo - Rizal Libraries not included? it is the local library that houses the most extensive collection of printed materials in microforms, the most functional OPAC, and the ONLY earthquake-proof designed building in quezon city.
    Aug 12 2012 @ 09:01pm     Reply  
  • Jesuswasablackman
    No mention of The British Council's library????
    Aug 12 2012 @ 07:16pm     Reply  
  • urbanroamer
    can't believe the National Library is not included here.
    Aug 12 2012 @ 09:36am     Reply  
  • bibliotecist
    mahirap ba pumasok sa abd library?
    Aug 10 2012 @ 08:30pm     Reply  
  • sapphire
    really>?!!! you the best would be ADB library!
    Aug 10 2012 @ 07:46pm     Reply  
  • madz
    Bakit hindi kasama ang UP Diliman Library?
    Aug 10 2012 @ 06:05pm     Reply  
  • rosan
    My favorite library is Lopez Museum in Ortigas. The librarians are very friendly and helpful. Did you know that the 'De Moluccis Insulis' by Maximilianus Transylvanus, (1524) is found in the library. The book has the first printed account of Magellan's voyage to the Philippines.
    Aug 10 2012 @ 05:18pm     Reply  
  • Bona
    My most memorable reads/finds at the Lopez Museum and library: Urbana at Felisa, a lovely photo of Dolphy and Panchito from the Manila Chronicles photo archive, and the WW2 Japanese propaganda materials. One should check out the Luna, Hidalgo and Amorsolo paintings there.
    Aug 10 2012 @ 04:00pm     Reply  
  • lulu
    @library rat: wala na. matagal nang wala, pero tama ka; masaya dun! sana ibalik, ano?
    Aug 10 2012 @ 01:01pm     Reply  
  • Library Rat
    Mi Thomas Jefferson pa ba ngayon? I use to hang around there in the 60s & 70s...Free Jazz Concerts, you can borrow Jazz LPs, mi Subscription sa Sports Illustrated, New York Times, Rolling Stone, etc...
    Aug 10 2012 @ 12:45pm     Reply  
  • hailtree
    Hooray for libraries (and librarians)!
    We're nowhere near the level of public library service in, say, Singapore, but I'm so glad we're becoming more and more aware of institutions like these.
    In the QC, Pasig and Marikina Public libraries, people actually flock there to use the resources and avail of their services. Things are looking up for the reading public.:)

    “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
    ― Harry S. Truman
    Aug 10 2012 @ 12:32pm     Reply  
  • cypher
    ue manila... (P.O Domingo Center for Information and Technology)
    Aug 10 2012 @ 11:13am     Reply  
  • unkabogabol
    May libraries sa Manila?!?!? I kenat bilibit!!!
    Aug 10 2012 @ 09:22am     Reply  
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