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Brief History

The UP School of Economics (UPSE) Library started in 1965 when the School was established as a separate unit of the University of the Philippines. The Library collection of the former Institute of Economic Development and Research (IEDR) formed the nucleus of the School of Economics Library.

The present print collection of the Library consisted more than 80,000 volumes of books.

Over the years, the library has developed and expanded its collections of monographs, periodicals and other documents in support of the three functional programs of the School, namely: instruction, research and extension.

The Library Building as seen from the Library’s Reference Service Section.

The Library moved into its three-storey building, financed with a grant from the Japanese government in April 1978 and subsequently opened its doors to the public in June 1978.

The Library’s Main Reading Area can accommodate 150 users at a time.

Located on the second floor are the Circulation and Reserve Books section, the Reference Service section, the General Circulation section, the OPAC and Raw/Research Data Terminals, the Main Reading Area, the BSP Knowledge Center, Discussion Rooms, Head Librarian’s Office, and staff workrooms. 

The smaller reading area located on the third floor of the Library is suitable for users who prefer a more quiet space than the Main Reading Area.

The third floor houses the Filipiniana and Serial section, an Archives Room, Discussion Rooms, workrooms for the School’s publications, and a smaller reading area.


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