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Access to UP on the Web

How do I find the websites of UP units and departments?
You can find links to constituent universities and their respective colleges and departments by accessing the main website. You can also find a list of the UP’s research centers in the UP Links page.

How can I get a UP Webmail address?
Only UP students, faculty and staff are entitled to the free email service. Visit the UP Webmail site for instructions on how to activate your account.

Can I register for classes online?
Students can pre-enlist in available classes through the Computerized Registration System (CRS) sites of each constituent university.

Where can I get news and updates about UP on the internet?
News and features about UP can be found on the websites of the UP Forum and UP Newsletter, official system-wide publications of the UP.

Can I access the UP libraries online?
Yes. Some constituent universities have an online database where you can search the collections of their libraries.

Borrowing & Returning Items

Borrowing and Returning Library Materials

UP Manila constituents can borrow materials from any of the libraries in the UP system.

The number of items you can borrow depends on your status and the loan category of the item. A range of categories are used to facilitate the most effective use of our collections. Please refer to the tables below.

You must have your library validated University ID card with you to borrow items from the library.

If an item has been reserved for you, it will be held at the Issue Desk.

Items can be returned at the Issue Desk.

Loan entitlements

User Categories
No. of Items
Undergraduates 5
Postgraduates 10
Faculty 10
Administrative Staff 5

Loan periods

Types of Materials
Loan Periods*
General Circulation 14 days (renewable once)
Filipiniana 7 days (renewable)
Reserve Overnight
Reference for room use reading only


Special Collections

for room use reading only
Journals / Periodicals
for room use reading only

* Loan periods varied between libraries (Please check with your library)

Borrower's Responsibilities

  • You are responsible for ensuring items are returned or renewed on or before the due date.
  • Please note that there is no guarantee that it will be possible to renew items. If items have been reserved for another user, they must be returned by their due date. Fines will apply if items are not returned by the due date.
  • Any borrowed item may be recalled at any time. Fines will apply if items are not returned by the amended due date.
  • Please remember that you are responsible for all items borrowed on your account until they are returned and cleared off your record.

Overdue items

  • If items become overdue while issued to you we will send a courtesy reminder by email or post informing you of this.
  • If you fail to return them at this stage a second overdue message will be sent and your record will be blocked for borrowing and renewal.
  • If you still fail to return items you will be billed for their replacement cost.
  • Notices are a courtesy and non-receipt does not exempt the borrower from overdue fines or charges.

Brief History

The nucleus of the UP Manila University Library is the Medical Library. It originated from department libraries of the Philippine Medical School which was the first academic unit of UP established in 1907, a year before the UP was even established. The School was renamed UP College of Medicine and Surgery and given a new building in 1910. In the same year, the Philippine General Hospital was opened and eventually became a teaching hospital for the College. In 1923, the name College of Medicine and Surgery was shortened to College of Medicine. Pharmacy, Dentistry and Public Health all started as departments of the College in 1914, 1915, and 1927, respectively, and became full-pledged units in 1935, 1948 and 1932 respectively.

The Bureau of Science Library with books and journals from the departments served the needs of the medical students and hospital personnel from 1907 to 1931 when collections of both the College of Medicine and Institute of Hygiene were housed together in the Institute.

The first medical librarian was Aquilino Y. Argosino who pioneered the Philippine Index Medicus. He retired in 1961.

From 1922 the University Library was a highly centralized organization. The library positions and book funds of all unit libraries were all under the administration of the University Librarian (in Manila before 1948 and in Diliman after that). Technical processing which involves the ordering and processing of library materials, and preparation of all necessary records were done at the Main Library.

Presidential Decree No. 58 in 1972 authorized the UP BOR to plan and establish its system of autonomous units. The Health Sciences Center was created through Presidential Executive Order No. 519 on January 24, 1979, based on the recomendations of the Committee on Library and Textbooks chaired by Dr. Portilio M. Recio and instigated by Dean Florentino B. Herrera. The College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Allied and Medical Professions, and the College of Arts and Sciences comprised the Health Sciences Center.

After President Angara ordered the reorganization of the library system in December 22, 1981, the seven (7) Health Sciences libraries just mentioned as well as the School of Health Sciences Library in Palo, Leyte were transferred from the administrative supervision of the UP University Librarian Marina G. Dayrit to that of the the second medical librarian Clarissa Dimalanta on October 22, 1983. It was then that UP Manila was declared autonomous by virtue of the Presidential Executive Order no. 4. In the same year, the library was renamed UP Manila Library and placed under the first University Librarian of UP Manila, Clarissa Dimalanta.

Rosvida R. Rosal became the second University Librarian of UP Manila and the third Medical Librarian in 1984. The Medical Libary started to play the role as the temporary seat of UPM Library Administration, handling technical services for the eight Health Science libraries.
The construction of a four-storey University Library building for UP Manila was initiated in 1987 by the the third UP Manila Chancellor Dr. Ernesto O. Domingo. Construction began in 1992 and the inauguration transpired on June 22, 1995 during the term of Dr. Perla D. Santos Ocampo, the fourth Chancellor of UP Manila.

Contact Information

Office of the University Librarian

Theresa P. Dugenia, MLS
University Librarian
University of the Philippines Manila

University Library Building
University of the Philipppines Manila
650 Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila 1000
Phone: (632) 526-4253
Tele/Fax: (632) 526-5847
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Administrative Services

Ma. Corazon F. Brito
Supervising Administrative Officer
Phone: (632) 526-4253
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Technical Services

Acquisitions Section

Ma. Corazon F. Brito
Phone: (632) 526-42-63
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Julieta A. Santoloma
Phone: (632) 526-4263
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User & Reference Services

Maria Nimfa V. Castro
Phone: (632) 526-5850
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ITC Services

Edmundo C. Bon
Phone: (632)526-5848
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