nostalgic at the uplb main library

Pegaraw, that magical winged carabao, guards the University of the Philippines Los Baños Main Library and whatever majesty left of that building. What makes this library so special aside from its rich repository of agricultural resources? Memories, of course.

From freshman years to one’s final hours at the University, the library is a “must-visit” because of Eng 2 (College Writing in English) and thesis or manuscript. We may include leisure reading, writing, and e-browsing, too. Nocturnal meetings are held around this library as well. And with Maria Makiling’s breath of fresh air, one can easily find a reason to just sit outside, by the huge glass windows, and meditate. Other than these scholarly and extra-curricular activities, a lot of happenings surround this magisterial block, but I’m not going to tell. You share.

But before you, I found something mortifying about the elbi’s main lib lately: according to the University Librarian, they are vacating the third floor for the Chancellor to occupy it. Therefore, the serials section (periodicals and archives) has to be transferred to the second floor.

Therefore, the whole circulation section (yes, all those shelves that spread from end to end of the second floor) has to be moved to what used to be spacious and cozy first floor.

Therefore, squeezed in the first floor now are thousands of books plus the general references and the ones in reserve section.

Therefore, the computer section, which used to be in this floor, was brought down (along with the thesis and dissertation section) to the basement now painted white.

As a bibliophile, a claustrophobic, a researcher, a UPLB alumnae and an Eng 2 teacher, I’m not happy about these sudden changes, though I know, any iskolar ng bayan can survive insufficient resources and ineffectual space (but not insufficient education budget and ineffectual administrative plans).

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nelson
13 years ago

epekto ng recession yan. gagawin nang sari-sari store yung dating office niya.

nung 1st 2 years ko palagi akong nakatambay dun sa 3rd floor; Time, Newsweek, Asiaweek (nung nag-e-exist pa yun), etc — sila ang mga kaibigan ko noon.

aimac
13 years ago

i was really surprised. it’s darker than its former darkness and it’s warmer than its usual warmth. but students still go there because of eng2 and other research subjects. . .and because the batch who pays 20,000 pesos and more deserves to use the “expensive” library facilities.

aimac
13 years ago

precisely, zel.

JRS
JRS
13 years ago

uhm…. this gives me another reason not to enter the lib again. well, not until things get better inside…

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

matagal na nilang balak ilipat ‘yung office of the chancellor sa main lib. Even nung nasa [P] pa ako chika na yan sa campus and mga librarians, ayaw lang magsalita. So natuloy na rin pala. Hmmm… so may “expensive” facilities na sa lib? Talaga? Like what?! haha. Cynical pa rin daw ako. Pero I agree, enjoy tumambay sa Main Lib, loob man o labas. 😀

aimac
13 years ago

a talaga! so super huli ko na sa balita haha.
well, tuloy na rin ang paglipat ni oble mula sa tapat ng Humanities (na CAS building na ang tawag) papunta sa tapat ng main lib.

renan
renan
12 years ago

i miss the main lib!

Floro R. Francisco
Floro R. Francisco
10 years ago

I have vivid memories of the Main Library. But the one I will never forget is how I really maximized its use when I was a student. Being poor and having no money to buy nor to photocopy the books, I used to play games with the Library Assistants! On the first day of the semester right after I get the reading list from my professors, I go to the main library and search for the books listed. I then check their locations on the shelves and if there are several copies. Once I have established this. I then evaluate… Read more »

ai
ai
10 years ago

Hello Floro,
Wow, what you said is inspiring. Ideas are forming in my head. You made me nostalgic too, because that’s how I was when I was a student myself. The library has become my home! The never-ending search for knowledge with the aid of a library has somehow been side-stepped by the Internet, so I hope younger generations still value and love them shelves. 🙂


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