Good news, students and bibliophiles in QC: We might have our own 24-hour public library soon.
The Quezon City Public Library (QCPL) is open to exploring the idea of operating the library 24/7.
Last March 8, the Cebu City Public Library has started operating 24 hours a day from the order made by Mayor Tomas Osmeña.
This was the mayor’s response to the viral comment of Mitch Roldan on his Facebook page requesting for the library to be open 24 hours so that students would have a safe area for studying.
The local chief executive announced his approval through a post on his Facebook page. The library was instantly enhanced to suit the new operational schedule.
Because of this, a lot of Metro Manila residents are wondering if local governments here can do the same.
The Quezon City Public Library is open to this idea. Branding itself as the “premier public library” of the country, QCPL administrators are studying the proposal of the 24-hour operation.
QCPL in a nutshell
The three-storey library, located beside the Quezon City Justice Hall, has been in operation since February last year.
QCPL can accommodate up to 300 readers in the air-conditioned library currently operating Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays 8 AM to 4 PM.
There are around 70 computer units the guests can use to access the online public access catalog for an hour at a time. But if you have your own laptop and gadgets, you can also connect to their free Wi-Fi.
The library has meeting rooms good for 10 people, conference halls good for 50 people, a children’s area, a lounge for periodicals and newspapers, and even its own cafe.
There is a baggage counter provided for those who want to stay in the library.
Insider tip: You can apply for a membership card for P60 to avail of other privileges. This card is valid for three years.
Road to 24/7 operations
All things considered, it’s still a long road for the QCPL to operating for 24 hours.
In a report from Rappler, QCPL Head of Readers Services Mary Ann Bernal narrated the process.
She cited that the final say will come from QC Mayor Herbert Bautista.
QCPL Heads would conduct a meeting for the projected budget, for the additional staff and equipment if there’s any. They would need to pass this to the local government.
The mayor shall review it, check adjustments, and he can act on it.
They are planning to conduct a test run this June to see if QC residents will back up the project. The library will be open until 8 PM to gauge the number of readers at night.
Students and readers from nearby schools and offices can drop by to enjoy the quiet and cozy ambiance of the library.
What are your thoughts about this possibility of a 24/7 public library in the Metro? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!