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Provincial Library

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Short History

Laguna Provincial Library has been serving the province for over 55 years. It all began in 1955. It was created under the leadership of Honorable Governor Dominador E. Chipeco Sr. Its first house is just a corner of the lobby  of Santa Cruz, Laguna Municipal Hall. Later it was transferred to the annex of the Rural Health Center and again to Puericulture Center. In 1980, the Provincial Library was again transferred to the Regional Trial Court Building occupying the room at the right wing of the ground floor. But due to unavoidable circumstances wherein the Regional Trial Court was in need of expansion, on March 16, 1987, it was transferred one more to building vacated by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Laguna Chapter. Until now, the library is still housed in this one storey building and improvement were made gradually since then. Many things have changed since the library's conception back in 1955. Aside from transferring from one building or from one room of a building to another, building and services have been renovated and expanded, staff and volunteers have come and gone and technology has been upgraded with the times. Still the library plays a vital role in the lives and education of Laguna residents.

Vision

The Laguna Provincial Library as the repository of the printed and recorded cultural heritage of the province and other intellectual literacy and information resources for our people's intellectual growth, citizenship building, life long learning and enlightement.

Mission

To promote and support reading, research and learning among library users particularly in the Province of Laguna and the development and utilization of library information technologies for research needs and linkages of individual public users both inside and outside the country. To fulfill this mission, the Provincial Library provides facilities, resources and a system of public libraries and information centers throughout the province.

Values

  • Equal access for all
  • Quality service
  • Intellectual freedom
  • The right of individuals to learn and grow
  • Teamwork and staff development
  • Wise use of resources
  • Innovation and responsiveness to community needs

Role of Public Library

The public library is one of the catalysts in planning for community development and in the continuous education of the people. it serves as an impartial, non-partisan, and non-sectarian agency of information. Public libraries in the Philippines are categorized as regional, provincial, congressional, city and municipality and barangay reading center.

Objectives

  • To support the educational program of the government
  • To improve the mental, spiritual, cultural and physical development of the community
  • To provide opportunity and encouragement for children, young people, men and women, to read and educate themselves
  • To help scholars and researchers to conduct in depth studies, and investigative specific areas of knowledge
  • To seek to serve the community as a general center of reliable information
  • To serve people of all ages regardless of sex, race and religion in the community
  • To accelerate the cultural and intellectual growth of the people.

Functions

  • It is an essential repository not only of our national culture but also of the culture of other people and nations
  • It is involved in the program of history and culture
  • It is a resource center. It organized and housed different forms of communications and their accompanying technology for easy accessibility and use
  • it is a learning center. It providess materials that enrich and help implement the school curriculum, government projects, encourages individual exploration and inquiry, and facilitate research and self-directed learning.