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Marietta M. Buela, MLS BSBA

College Librarian-in-Charge
College of Pharmacy Library
University of the Philippines Manila

Postal Address:

Valenzuela Hall
Taft Avenue cor. Pedro Gil St.
Ermita, Manila
Philippines 1000

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Phone: (632) 336-7343 / 302-5343

Website: http://library.upm.edu.ph/pharmlib

Brief History

The nucleus of the UP Manila University Library is the Medical Library. It originated from department libraries of the Philippine Medical School which was the first academic unit of UP established in 1907, a year before the UP was even established. The School was renamed UP College of Medicine and Surgery and given a new building in 1910. In the same year, the Philippine General Hospital was opened and eventually became a teaching hospital for the College. In 1923, the name College of Medicine and Surgery was shortened to College of Medicine. Pharmacy, Dentistry and Public Health all started as departments of the College in 1914, 1915, and 1927, respectively,  and became full-pledged units in 1935, 1948 and 1932 respectively.

The Bureau of Science Library with books and journals from the departments served the needs of the medical students and hospital personnel from 1907 to 1931 when collections of both the College of Medicine and Institute of Hygiene were housed together in the Institute.

The first medical librarian was Aquilino Y. Argosino who pioneered the Philippine Index Medicus. He retired in 1961.

From 1922 the University Library was a highly centralized organization. The library positions and book funds of all unit libraries were all under the administration of the University Librarian (in Manila before 1948 and in Diliman after that). Technical processing which involves the ordering and processing of library materials, and preparation of all necessary records were done at the Main Library.

Presidential Decree No. 58 in 1972 authorized the UP BOR to plan and establish its system of autonomous units. The Health Sciences Center was created through Presidential Executive Order No. 519 on January 24, 1979, based on the recomendations of the Committee on Library and Textbooks chaired by Dr. Portilio M. Recio and instigated by Dean Florentino B. Herrera. The College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Allied and Medical Professions, and the College of Arts and Sciences comprised the Health Sciences Center.

After President Angara ordered the reorganization of the library system in December 22, 1981, the seven (7) Health Sciences libraries just mentioned as well as the School of Health Sciences Library in Palo, Leyte were transferred from the administrative supervision of the UP University Librarian Marina G. Dayrit to that of the the second medical librarian Clarissa Dimalanta on October 22, 1983. It was then that UP Manila was declared autonomous by virtue of the Presidential Executive Order no. 4. In the same year, the library was renamed UP Manila Library and placed under the first University Librarian of UP Manila, Clarissa Dimalanta.

Rosvida R. Rosal became the second University Librarian of UP Manila and the third Medical Librarian in 1984. The Medical Libary started to play the role as the temporary seat of UPM Library Administration, handling technical services for the eight Health Science libraries.
The construction of a four-storey University Library building for UP Manila was initiated in 1987 by the the third UP Manila Chancellor Dr. Ernesto O. Domingo. Construction began in 1992 and the inauguration transpired on June 22, 1995 during the term of Dr. Perla D. Santos Ocampo, the fourth Chancellor of UP Manila.

College of Pharmacy Library Hours

Monday to Fridays - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays - Closed

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy Library

The Library, one of the busiest in UP, serves for relevance--EFFICIENCY in INFORMATION ACCESS and delivery to students, faculty and researchers in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.

The Library provides quality support to instruction, research & extension services of the UP College of Pharmacy and the University of the Philippines System.

Mission: Continually upgrade resources and access mechanisms to deliver quality & efficient service to its constituents--the faculty, students, staff & researchers.
This web site introduces the basic activities and gateway to information, providing access to library catalogs, periodical indexes and abstracts, electronic journals and books, reference materials, and many more web-based resources.

Users can find helpful information for the University's system of libraries, including links to the home pages for the Main Libraries and each of the branch libraries, as well as links

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