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Libraries in the Metro that are now open

Libraries in the Metro that are now open


Home to thousands of great reads and discoveries, I remembered how I used to hang out in the library and stumble to a good book. Aside from doing school works, I also got to have peace and focus.

Now that Metro Manila has been downgraded to Alert Level 3 as per the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), libraries are allowed to resume their operations. However, fully vaccinated individuals are the only ones permitted to enter the 30 percent indoor capacity. Institutions encourage people to book at least one day prior to the desired schedule.

For those who are finding a conducive learning environment or sanctuary, then check out this list!

National Library of the Philippines 

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Location: Kalaw St. in Ermita, Manila

Visiting Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

The National Library of the Philippines is the country’s “official repository of printed and cultural heritage.” Guests can access thousands of collections of books, periodicals, and journals. Not only that, rare books and valuable manuscripts including some of Dr. Jose Rizal’s works can also be found.

But before going, you might want to check some books you are looking for through the Philippine eLibrary and their digitized catalog system.

Admission is also free as NLP waived its Php 100-library card in 2016. Visitors can request an appointment here:

Just a few steps away, why don’t you stop by the National Museum of the Philippines? But, remember to book a slot first!

Ortigas Foundation, Inc. Library

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Location: Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City

Visiting Schedule:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Have you heard George Anson’s Voyage Round the World? It’s among the unique and expansive collections found in the Ortigas Foundation Library.

Formerly located in Ortigas Building in Pasig City, it holds over 23,000 materials, serials, images, and documents on Philippine history. Aside from their library feature, they also offer services such as paper conservation and painting restoration.

Visitors can request a reservation through email at

Quezon City Public Library

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Location: City Hall Compound, Diliman, Quezon City

Visiting Schedule: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Monday to Friday)


This is not your ordinary public library.

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With 21 branches within the city, the Quezon City Public Library consists of over 18,000 books and around 71 computer stations.

The three-story building doesn’t only captivate everyone with its sleek and state-of-the-art design, but also its cafe — the Cafe @ Lib! After a book or two, you can go upstairs and have a coffee or pastries.

QCPL is welcome for everyone, even for non-QC residents. However, visitors must pay Php 60 for the library card application fee. Book an appointment at

Manila City Library

Photo courtesy: Facebook | Manila City Library

Location: Garden Arroceros St. Ermita, Manila

Visiting Schedule: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday)

Lastly, aiming to provide “free and equitable access” to services and resources. The Manila City Library currently has 10 community-based branches in the different districts of Manila. With materials ranging from Filipiniana to Manilanian sections.

In addition, inquiries and consultations are accommodated through Manila Information Reference Online Service (MIROS). An online assistant that you can contact by sending a message on their Facebook page: @ManilaCityLib. Admission is also free to everyone.

Don’t forget to wear your masks and bring your valid I.D. and proof of vaccination as you visit them!

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