Thursday, November 3, 2011

The UPLB Main Library

The Main Library obviously houses the biggest number of books among the libraries in the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) campus.

The structure resembles the Cultural Center of the Phillippines (CCP) building as they are both designed by the same person Leandro Locsin, a proclaimed National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture.

I remember getting updated with free, offline news there during my undergraduate times as they are subscribed to a number of national newspapers and international magazines.

I believe many UPLB students share a lot of memories with this house of books as it is utilized both inside and out. Students read literatures inside and sometimes even use the calm surroundings to spend time sleeping at a library desk while waiting for their next class. Outside the library is another good ambience while reviewing undergrad notes, holding meeting with project team mates and conducting Bible studies.

The sculpture of the bold Pegaraw is located in front of the library. It was created by Napoleon Abueva, a Philippine National Artist for Sculpture. The term Pegaraw is a portmanteau of the two words "pegasus" and "tamaraw".

Not sure if it is still during Friday that they allow visitors to enter the building by just showing their identification card. Anyone who is currently not enrolled, even a UPLB alumnus is already considered a visitor. It was three years ago and I still wonder when can I enter my favorite building in UPLB again.

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