National Library of the Philippines reopens reading room with new normal rules

National Library of the Philippines
The 120-year-old National Library of the Philippines has reopened to the public after months of closure due to the pandemic. Photos from NLP FB.

The National Library of the Philippines (NLP) in Manila has reopened its reading room services to the public with a new reservation system and safety protocols following the new normal.

As a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, the library is observing minimum public health standards and following “new normal” operational procedures on February 22, 2021.

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  • The library’s reading room is now open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. only
  • The library will accommodate only 94 visitors per day
  • Walk-ins are not permitted. One is required to book an appointment in advance to access the many books and resources housed in the repository of the printed and recorded cultural heritage of the country.

Guests are advised to comply with the following steps before visiting the National Library of the Philippines:

  1. Book an appointment through this NLP Online Appointment Form.
  2. Fill out the NLP Health Declaration Form.
  3. Your Library User Reservation Code (LURC) will be issued by the NLP upon confirmation of the appointment.
  4. Browse the Online Public Access Catalog and identify the library materials you need before your scheduled visit.

Visitors need to observe the following precautionary measures inside the library:

  1. Wear your face masks and face shields.
  2. Disinfect your shoes at the entrance.
  3. Have your body temperature checked.
  4. Practice social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and respiratory etiquette within the premises.
  5. Library users can only use the toilet at the designated floor.
  6. Take note of the signage and floor markers.

More information and updates are available on NLP’s website.

The 120-year-old National Library of the Philippines is located on a portion of Rizal Park in T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila, neighboring the Museum of Philippine Political History and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Two popular bookshops have reopened in Manila. The Book Stop Project in Plaza Roma, Intramuros reopened to give Filipinos free access to books and exchange reading materials. The Books from Underground, considered a haven for hard-to-find book editions, is now open in the modernized Lagusnilad Underpass near the historic Manila City Hall.

The Philippines’ first digital science library, DOST-STARBOOKS, released a mobile application that can be used in the new mode of learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Margo is a voracious reader - some might even say she reads too much for her own good. She majored in BS Psychology and hopes to become a forensic psychologist one day. She’s also an aspiring writer, mental health advocate, and a staunch believer of equality.