Davao City Library and Information Center is a division under the Executive Department, Office of the Mayor. Under its general supervision, it is headed by a City Librarian, with 26 personnel under the Plantilla positions (7 licensed librarians, 19 support staff) and 14 Job Orders/Contract of Service Workers who manages the operations of the Main Library and its Extensions which includes the two (2) Mobile Libraries. On the technical side, it is being administered by the National Library. The Library develops its resources and facilities to conform with the needs and interest of the public it serves.
Davao City Library and Information Center envisions itself to be an excellent public library promoting literacy and fostering lifelong learning towards producing a more inspired, empowered and connected diverse community.
Our Mission and Goal
In consonance with its vision, Davao City Library and Information is committed to support the literacy program of the City Government and the National Library of the Philippines through innovative programs and services.
To make library services responsive to the needs of the 21st-century clients and innovate and excellent programs that will serve the Davao City community.
Library is our link to the past, a place of collection resources and services that contributes to the advancement of culture and development of its people. The greatest factor to its growth and improvement is the untiring support of the City Government, its City Officials, Non-government organizations, Groups and Individuals who together, looked into the interest of a better and effective public service as a vehicle for an enlightened citizenry.
It was in this premise that the Davao City Library was established in the year 1938. It was housed in a private building at Magallanes Street under an officer-in-charge, a clerk, and a janitor. Nobody knew much of its existence. After liberation, with 426 salvaged books, it was reopened in a private building at Claveria St., which also served as temporary City Hall. After the reconstruction of the old City Hall in 1947 under Mayor Leon A. Garcia, the library moved to an annex within the compound. It was manned by a librarian, assistant librarian, clerk and a janitor- messenger.
By 1948, more books were received from the Bureau of Public Libraries and with around 900 more books loaned out by USIS, the library’s collection has reached 3,606 volumes. In March 1949, in view of the opening of United States Information Services (USIS) center in Davao City and with the consent of the City Officials, the City Library was transferred to nearby Gino-o building occupied by the City Court and City Fiscals to accommodate both in a bigger area. In May 1951, the USIS officials in Manila petitioned for the separation of the two libraries because of their different objectives. The USIS Library continued on its own and the City Library was dumped in one of the rooms at the Davao City High School due to the resignation of the librarian.
On October 23, 1951, the City Mayor and the City Council were at the receiving end of petitions from the different local women’s organizations namely: the Women’s Club, the Davao Matrons, the Catholic Women’s League and the Inner Wheel Club to revived the Library. The petition was included in the deliberation of the City Council and was unanimously approved under Resolution 542. Immediately the re-organization started. A Librarian and a Janitor-Messenger were appointed and on January 2, 1952, the Davao City Library began the operation under Miss Emerita Adriasola – Rodriguez as Librarian.
The transfer of the Library from the Davao City High School to the second floor of the Fernandez Hermanos Building, corner San Pedro, and Legazpi Sts. took place. The one-room quarter is l6 ½ meters long and 9 meters wide and not really ideal but it served the purpose for a while. It was rented by the City Government at P400.00. It took three months to reorganize before the library was formally inaugurated and opened on April 1, 1952. On April 13, 1954, the library moved to another place, 2nd flr. of the Pineda Building just across the street. The area was more spacious and with a much better ventilation.
Again, in October 31, 1957, the USIS Library was closed. All the book collection and other related materials, pieces of furniture and some library equipment added were donated to the City Library. As one of the requirements, the City Library has to move to Valencia Building where the USIS library was housed. The donation doubled the collection and considerably increased and improved its services.
As early as 1955, the City Librarian has begun dropping feelers about constructing a library building with government officials. The usual answer or remarks she got was “we have more important projects than a library building”. Failing to get a positive response, she wrote all the senators for a share of their pork barrel. Finally, it was Senator’s Gil Puyat and Alejandro Almendras who answered her request and donated P5,000.00 each. Emboldened by their act, she wrote the City Mayor and City Council for a counterpart appropriation. The City Council approved the amount of P45, 000.00 on January 1965. After 13 years of patience, perseverance, and determination, with the amount which totaled to P55,000.00, a well-located library building was realized. It stands in the heart of the most populated part of the city, very near City Hall and surrounded on both sides by the Rizal and Osmeña Parks.
In July 13, 1965, the City Council thru Resolution No. 676, established the City Library as a separate office of the City Government of Davao under its supervision and management headed by a City Librarian. Yearly, there was a considerable increase in the budget for operation and increase of personnel complement proportionate to the growth of the city and the organization. It was on October 4, 1969, that the 4 District Libraries (Bunawan, Calinan, Tugbok, and Toril were organized. The National Library Director, Serafin P. Quiazon attended the inauguration with City Officials led by Mayor Elias B. Lopez, likewise attended by representatives of the various organization in the community.
The library organization did not stop its development on structures and facilities but also on services. What it had accomplished made a mark in the Library community and started receiving Honors and Awards from various Institutions for the City Government. Staff development was also in place to update librarians and other staff for their professional growth.
Early 1997, thru the recommendation of Councilor Antonio S. Castillo and with the approval of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, the City Library was transferred to the 3rd floor of the new Sangguniang Panlungsod Bldg. occupying the Bolton Side. It paved the way for the library to upgrade its furniture and fixtures in a centralized air-conditioning facility. It saw a new beginning for its operation and services. On September 21, 1997, the Information Tech. Section launched the Local Touch, Global Reach services together with the Children’s Nooks. City Officials and Sangguniang Panlungsod Members were in attendance during the formal opening.
With the growing population and increasing demand of needed services to the community, the City Librarian developed programs that were considered keys to promoting literacy. The “Share-a-Book” project launched in November 1999 was a success and thru this effort the Adopt-a-Library Program was conceived and three Reading Centers was organized. It has gained in maximizing library services in far-flung areas that received little of education facilities. Thanks to the outpouring support of the Rotary Club of Davao 2000, individuals, organizations and institutions.
All the effort made a difference for it received numerous awards for the Local Level namely: 1st Place in 5’s Contest in 1998 to 2001, Outstanding Employee Award-for the City Librarian-City Government- 2001 and Sustainability 6’s for the year 2002 to 2005, 6S /Hall of Fame in 2006, Service Award – City librarian from the Civil Service, Region XI. At the National Level, the City Government gained the recognition as Outstanding Public Library for 1999, Alab ng Haraya Award for Outstanding in Programs for 2002 – NCCA, and Most Outstanding City Library in the Philippines for 2009 undertaken by NCCA, National Library of the Philippines and Philippine Librarians Association Inc.
The City Library will not rest on its laurels, as it will strive to touch people’s lives especially the marginalized sector of the City. Unless librarians promote information resources and information skills thru users education programmes – the society will not be able to see the worth of the contribution to nation building. The Library is here to stay. Services and collections are being developed to conform to the needs of the times and preserved for the use of future generations. Its reorganization in 1952 has grown in size and is trying its best to give its utmost in library services.
Who We Are
What We Do
The City Librarian does the over-all supervision of the operation of the Main Library and its Extensions; Formulates policies and programs in line with the Literacy Program of the City government; Establishes linkages with Non-government and Government Organization for programs and projects related to library activities.
- Receives/releases and records incoming / outgoing Communications
- Encodes communications in the system, sorts and files documents.
- Prepares and controls office budget
- Generates/updates regular, back pay, special payrolls and vouchers.
- Prepares PR’s, PO’s vouchers, reimbursements, replenishments and liquidation of cash advances.
- Receives, records, controls office supplies and materials issued.
- Prepares supplemental and amendatory supplies Procurement plan.
- Monitors the daily attendance of the staff
- Files and updates leave cards of employees
- Computes and submits MRA (Monthly Report of Attendance)
- Prepares and submits reports required by Government Officials/offices
- Photocopies books and other reference materials
- Maintains service vehicles on minor repairs and ensures good running condition
- Maintains the cleanliness and orderliness of the whole library
- Receives and controls books
- Accessions newly acquired books
- Catalogs and classifies books
- Encodes catalog cards in the KOHA system and maintains the Library automation (On-line Public Access Catalog)
- Files card catalog and periodical index
- Does mechanical preparation of the library collection
- Discards obsolete library materials
- Preserves library materials through plastic covering, repair, bindery, reprinting
- Does inventory of library materials
- Trains students from different Universities and Designated Librarians for on-the-job training in all phases of library work, giving lectures on trainings and seminars.
- Pull-out index cards of condemned books
- Assists in the retrieval of loaned-out and borrowed books.
- Directs researchers to appropriate book & other sources of information in the Circulation, General Reference, Filipiniana, Periodical, Dabaweñana and Digital Collection of the Library
- Loans out library materials to clients
- Conducts library orientation to clients applying for borrowers card
- Processes library/ borrowers card
- Handles library tours and library awareness through lectures upon request
- Entertains queries on the phone
- Does tutoring and storytelling to elementary pupils
- Updates clippings and indexes significant articles including history materials
- Organizes information in the Vertical File to make it readily available to users
- Maintains thematic arrangement of books
- Gives assistance on the use of the Net, OPAC, E-Library
- Posts monthly exhibits and bulletin board displays
- Manages the district libraries and Reading Centers
- Assists clients in their research needs
- Conducts storytelling to children
- Adopt other services that are more responsive to the need of their clientele
- Actively participate in community activities that promote library services
- Compiles local history materials of their respective barangays
- Loans out and retrieves books to identified barangays through the Bookmobile Library
- Records daily statistics of Mobile Library Users
- Does custodial activities