The Library

I. Introduction

The Library is defined as a “collection of printed materials and/or non-print media, or computerized information resources systematically organized for use, to serve humanity.  This definition encompasses the documentation Center, the data base, the information network and others.

It is a synergy of people, hardware or software whose purpose is to assist clients in using knowledge and technology to transform and improve their lives.  The well-administered university library directs its activities toward the fulfillment of these functions.  By accumulating and organizing books, manuscripts, journals, media materials and other materials, the university library serves as an invaluable aid in the conservation of knowledge and ideas and as an active force in the teaching, research,   extension, and production programs of the university.  Through its many bibliographical and other reference services the library aids the instructional and research staff who are engaged in the preparation of materials for production.

 II. Brief History of the University Library

In the early 60’s the library occupies three rooms and one laboratory room at the College of Agriculture.  The two rooms are for the reading hall with a sitting capacity of 156 persons.  The hall is too crowded, making it inconvenient for the readers to pass through.  It was later on transferred to the unfinished Bureau of Public Works Building which is now the CEC (Dinampo, 1984).  Finally, in March 1977, the library was transferred in a three storey permanent building, which was constructed with CMU World Bank Loan.  The new building can accommodate a sitting capacity of more than 500 persons.

The University Library resources are now occupying the three-storey building which is very conducive to learning.  It is managed by the following qualified professional librarians:

Ms. Salud Gultiano

  • Librarian, 1961-1962

Dr. Zenaida L. Caintic

  • Designated University Librarian, 1963-1982
  • A.B. Major in Library Science, 1960
  • University of the Philippines
  • Master in Library Science, 1972
  • University of San Carlos, Cebu City

Ms. Norah E. Lucas

  • License No. 0001181
  • Designated University Librarian, 1982-1986
  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Major in History
  • Lourdes College, Cagayan de Oro City
  • 2nd major: Library Science
  • University of San Carlos, Cebu City
  • Summer 1973

Ms. Esther E. Dinampo

  • License No. 0000261
  • Designated University Librarian 1986-2005
  • Master in Library Science (MSLS)
  • University of San Carlos, Cebu City
  • May 26, 1984
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE)
  • Major in Library Science
  • Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City
  • April 11, 1970

Ms. Guia T. Dispo

  • License No. 0000691
  • Designated Officer In-Charge: December 1, 2005- November 30, 2006
  • Designated University Librarian: December 1, 2006 –March 2008
  • Master in Library Science- 18 units
  • University of San Carlos, Cebu City
  • Master in Library Science -12 units
  • MSU-IIT, Iligan City
  • Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), Major in Library Science
  • Liceo de Cagayan (now University)
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • April 23, 1971

Ms. Marichu M. Bonalos

  • License No. 0004932
  • Designated University Librarian- April 1, 2008 to the     present
  • Master in Library Science
  • MSU-IIT, Iligan City
  • April 4, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Major in Animal Husbandry
  • Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon
  • October, 1983

III. Philosophy

The librarian is imbued with lofty ideals of service to people through books and other records of knowledge; a service they believed is their best way to serve humanity, and to enrich other people’s lives.

IV. Mission, Vision

The mission of the library is to provide a collection of information resources in order to support the curricular, informational and research needs of the college and community.  It is a dynamic center for learning and support the university in carrying out its functions: instruction, research, extension and production.

As a dynamic center for learning the University Library is not only a repository of knowledge that supports the fourfold mission of the University but also performs them.  In instruction, the University Library conducts the orientation program of its users; instructs its clients on the use of the library materials and tools.  In research, it promotes, encourages, and teaches the users the effective and efficient use of relevant library materials in their study and research.  In extension, it undertakes the information dissemination program through networking of libraries – sharing and disseminating information through book lending to other libraries, the promotion of scientific researches to various kinds of clienteles i.e., researchers, teachers, students, administrators, farmers and general users.  Finally, in production, it produces abstracts and other periodical tools and provides photocopying services for student user’s need in developing their research.

V.  Objectives / Goals

Goal: The library will continually strive to improve service to patrons by providing greater access to its various collections, higher quality reference assistance and other library services.

  • To provide standard and up-to date resources and information materials, print and non-print, in support of the curricular, research and recreational need of its clientele;
  • To acquire, organize, develop, maintain and make accessible these sources of  information for their effective and efficient use;
  • To extend professional assistance in the research and instructional needs of its users;
  • Maintain adequate levels of service and staffing during all hours the library is open.
  • To provide a space that is ideal and conducive to study and research.


It is the aim of the University Library to support its collections toward the realization of the University’s fourfold functions – instruction, research, extension and production.  It primarily serves the curricular programs and information needs of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the school by providing adequate relevant, up-to-date information sources, qualified personnel and properly maintained facilities.

Instructional Support

The Library will provide monographic, serial, audiovisual, and electronic materials in support of the instructional programs of the University.  The library will also offer and/or coordinate Library instruction to explain library resources and their use.

Research Support

The library will support scholarly inquiry and research by providing electronic access to off-site databases and alternative methods of materials acquisition, e.g. document delivery.

Information Technology

The library seeks to ensure proactive application of the information technologies required to create, integrate, organize, and customize online services and information resources in all formats.

Outreach and Public Relations

The library will regularly publicize its services as a user-friendly, independent learning center.