September 30, 2023

The Baguio City Public Library is looking for sources where it could access the city history.

Librarian Easter Pablo said the City Library lacks books and other resources for its local history collection.

“We are looking for other sources where we could access local history books. A lot of have been coming to the library to research about the history of Baguio and the Cordillera. There are some authors who donate their works, but our local history collection is still lacking,” Pablo said.

She said while the City Library is doing its best to stack up on books and other reading and reference materials to cater to the public, it is challenged by the lack of resources for local history collection.

Pablo cited the importance of having available reading materials on local history in a public library, as this is where reliable resources are gathered.

She said the City Library has contributed a lot in the city government’s cultural mapping initiative since it is one of the sources that were consulted by the cultural mappers in coming up with their write-ups about Baguio City.

As the City Library is now open from Monday to Saturday, Pablo also encouraged the public to visit the facility either for leisure reading and research.

“Use the public library as it is free and the information you get from the library is reliable, hindi galing (kay) Marites,” she said, adding the facility has also improved its online resources.

Pablo added the City Library now allows overnight borrowing of books, but the same must be returned the day after. Borrowers who return books beyond the allowed time are charged P20 per book a day.

For children, however, Pablo said parents can borrow story books for their kids for one week to help develop love for reading among the children.

The storytelling at the park every Saturday has also resumed.

The City Library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as the facility could not accommodate yet the request for it to extend its closing hours to 10 p.m. due to the lack of personnel. – Jane B. Cadalig