6 Public Libraries in Metro Manila to Visit on Your Next Study Session

by Malcolm Angoya   |  4 days ago
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All students need  a quiet place where they can read or study in peace. Manila does not disappoint in this aspect—multiple public libraries in the metro offer wide spaces, a range of books spanning different fields and interests, as well as stunning views and architecture. So, if you’re on the hunt for that *perfect* study spot, consider the following libraries:

6 Public Libraries in Manila For Your Next Study Session:

  • National Library Of The Philippines

Address: 1000 Kalaw Avenue, Ermita, Manila

The National Library of the Philippines is any bibliophile’s dream. With a library catalog consisting of over two million books and records, this library continues to be the largest in the country. Their massive repertoire of texts, books, reading materials, and the like is sure to make your next study session a breeze.

  • CCP Library and Archives

Address: 3/F, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, CCP Complex, Pasay City


Did you know that there is a library hidden inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines? The CCP Library and Archives house a substantial collection of print and audio and visual materials. If you need a specific book or just a place to study, this place is your best bet.

  • Manila City Library

Address: 800 Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila

When you’re on your way to school in the busy streets of Manila, you might miss out on this goldmine in Ermita. The Manila City Library aims to provide people free and equitable access to their services in its historic halls, providing some of the finest books and reading materials you might need.

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  • Filipinas Heritage Library

Address: 6/F, Ayala Museum, Dela Rosa Street, Makati City

If you wish for some quiet me-time away from the bustling streets of Makati CBD, head over to the Filipinas Heritage Library at the Ayala Museum. This prestigious library prides itself as the Philippines’ one-stop digital research center—home to more than a thousand collections worth of publications dedicated to Philippine history, art, culture, religion, and much more. 

  • Ortigas Foundation Library

Address: 2/F, McKinley Parking Building, Service Road, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City

Another hidden gem for bibliophiles is located within Mandaluyong is the Ortigas Foundation Library. It's a space all about preserving and celebrating local history, art, and culture. This library has something for everyone and provides a peaceful environment for working, studying, or simply enjoying a good book.


  • Quezon City Public Library

Address: Gate 3, Quezon City Hall Complex, Diliman, Quezon City

Among the numerous public libraries in Manila, the Quezon City Public Library is definitely the one you shouldn’t miss out on. It prides itself as a high-technology institution due to its in-house automated systems so you won’t encounter any problems finding that book for your thesis. Pick a book from their catalog, grab a seat, and do your work in peace.

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