Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista will lead the inauguration of the new QC Public Library today at the QC Hall Complex.
The three-storey building features state-of-the-art data storage, retrieval and archival systems, making it globally competitive. The new library also incorporates eco-friendly infrastructure in its design and construction.
“Before, our vision was only to provide the use of latest technology to our clients, but now, we want to be recognized as an open and world-class leading library that promotes advanced learning and literacy,” said City Librarian Emelita Villanueva.
The fully automated QCPL will soon be adopting an Integrated Library System to be connected to the security gate, a High Frequency RFID Library Management System, and an e-book system.
According to Villanueva, the new QCPL building can serve up to 1,000 clients a day, including those availing of e-government services.
“Before, we serve about 500 clients daily, mostly high school students,” Villanueva said.
QCPL’s first floor houses the reference section, periodicals, Filipiniana section, local history and archives, children’s corner and the puppeteer’s room. The second floor houses law research, technical services, extension library services, district libraries, and inventory and multi-media extension.
The QCPL was adjudged in 2016 as the second-highest-ranking public library with special programs on culture and the arts by the National Library of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
It was also recognized by the Department of Information and Communications Technology as one of the top performing “Tech4Ed” centers for 2016 in the National Capital Region.
The city government continues to improve the QCPL’s qualitative and quantitative collection development to provide updated books and other reading materials to poor Quezon City students who cannot afford to avail of these services.
To date, QCPL’s main library collection has more than 16,000 books and 76 computers distributed for research, Online Public Access Catalogue encoding, Braille/senior citizens corner, and other library services.
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