Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Asian Center Library, established in 1956, provides bibliographic support to the teaching and research programs of the Center. Its primary functions include acquiring, organizing, and disseminating information materials needed by the students, faculty and staff.

  • Service and Schedule Advisory

    As a preventive and safety measure to the current situation on COVID-19, the Asian Center Library will be CLOSED to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. Only a skeleton workforce is working per day. Books may be returned, but please follow the procedures on the left (See "Borrowing/Returning" Tab). The AC Library waives all fines for overdue materials due beginning March 10, 2020 and until normal/onsite service resumes.

    List of Available Services During Quarantine

      • Book Returns (See Lending/Returning tab)
      • Remote access to eResources (See "Online Resources" tab)
      • Online Book Requests/eBook Lending
      • Online Research Support Services
      • Online Library Instructions
      • Document Delivery Services

    VIEW LIBRARY BROCHURE

    Watch: Library Orientation Video

    Watch a short video summing up the services and policies of the UP Asian Center Library. This was shown during the orientation held on 12 September 2020. Kindly note that the Library is closed during quarantine, so please ignore the inapplicable sections of the video.

  • EITHER A BORROWER OR A LENDER BE: A GUIDE

    Borrowing Guide

    The Asian Center Library is still closed to visitors. Students can use Library Appointment System to borrow books via pick-up or delivery service. Books may only be picked up Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between from 9 am to 4 pm. Some requests via email may require sending UP ID and Form 5. View Process and Protocols of Borrowing Books.

    Returning Guide

    Either way, kindly place the library materials on a package and indicate the following details for easy tracking:
    1. Borrower's Name
    2. Date Returned
    3. No. of items borrowed
    4. Book/s Title, Author, and Call No.
    Returned materials would be placed in isolation for a minimum of seventy-two (72) hours before it may be held or brought inside the library for clearance.

    Search Books via Tuklas

    You can check the books available in UP libraries and in the university's digital subscriptions. Use advanced search to see if the/a book is available in the Asian Center library. View this video on how to use Tuklas and acess other online resources.

    Start Search

    COVID-19 Protocols for Book Returns

    Students are also advised to read this PDF to acquaint themselves with the protocols prior to entering the building, the six-step procedure in returning the books, and things to bring, including face masks, and own pens).

    Returning Books to Other Libraries

    Please view the Facebook post of the UP Main Library to know how and which libraries are accepting book returns.

    Borrowing Limit and Return Deadlines

    It depends. View chart..

    Guidelines for Faculty and Students to Access Resources Across UP Diliman Libraries

    The guidelines contain the list of available physical and electronic resources, database and journal subscriptions, steps for off-campus access, as well as assistance on requesting permission to access/procure copyrighted works and other materials for remote learning. 

    The guidelines were implemented in light of the community quarantine and the shift to remote learning for the First Semester of AY 2020-2021. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the Asian Center Library via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Facebook (Asian Center Library).

  • Find Books via TUKLAS (formerly iLib)

    You can check the books available in UP libraries and in the university's digital subscriptions. Use advanced search to see if the/a book is available in the Asian Center library. View this video on how to use Tuklas and other online resources.

    Start Search

    View this video on how to use Tuklas and access other online resources from the UPD Main Library. You may also visit the "Remote Learning" tab in the Student Corner to see a list of such resources.
  • Online Resources

    UP Diliman offers resources for viewing and/or download such as journal articles and full-length theses and dissertations. A full list may be viewed in the Student Corner under "Remote Learning: eResources" tab. Some of these websites may only be available via OpenAthens.

    OpenAthens can be used to access (remotely and even outside UP Diliman campus) journal articles and other learning resources from various databases to which the University subscribes (see "Remote Learning: eResources" tab). Sign in to OpenAccess (via, say, a journal page you're viewing) using your UP Mail. You may also log in to  the OpenAthens website or via Google Apps. OpenAthens replaces the EZProxy service (EZProxy is still referred in many of the Library's old pubmats).

    Resource on Demand

     Students can email the library to request copies/excerpts of books, journal, articles, etc via the Resource on Demand service. View details and request procedures (PDF).

    JapanKnowledge

    The Asian Center library has obtained a subscription to JapanKnowledge, "an online web archive that boasts the largest corpus of encyclopedia, dictionaries, reference compilations, and periodical resources (approximately 50 different sources) in Japan. The basic search system that facilitates cross-referencing throughout all the sources in the collection is quite simple to use, but at the same time includes an original faceted navigation function for users to focus their particular searches in specific reference sources. This allows for greater detailed indexing" (About).

    Its database has the following: encyclopedia, Japanese, History and place names, English, European language, East Asian language, Terminology & Information, Person name, culture, religion, natural science, statistics & yearbook, articles & columns, journal of Japanese Literature and JKBooks.

    The site and its contents can only be accessed via an internet connection within the UP Asian Center (Library).

    Guidelines and Assistance for Faculty and Students to Access Library Resources in UP Diliman

    The guidelines contain the list of available physical and electronic resources, database and journal subscriptions, steps for off-campus access, as well as assistance on requesting permission to access/procure copyrighted works and other materials for remote learning.

  • What's New @ Asian Center Library (5 MB)

    Check in regularly to see the newest books on Asia and the Philippines.

    February 2020 (5 MB)

    View list


     

    January 2020 (18 MB)

    View list


     

    4Q 2019 (81 MB)

    View list


    The Dr. Peter Boomgaard Southeast Asia Collection

    The “Dr. Peter Boomgaard Southeast Asia Collection” holds approximately 1500-2000 books, monographs and edited volumes, including data materials from Indonesia's National Archive in Jakarta.
    Largely written in English and Dutch, the materials in the collection focus on disparate subjects ranging from economic, social, cultural, environmental, agricultural (forests, non-timber products, staple crops including rice and sugar), and scientific histories of Asia (mainland and southeast), particularly Indonesia. It also includes miscellaneous works on European history and politics.
    The collection also includes issues of reputable journals, the titles of which include Environmental History, Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, Environment, and History. The archive data sources culled from Indonesia's National Archive are organized by geographic region. These sources, covering the period from 1600 to 1950, are largely statistical, compiled from colonial government censuses relating to births, marriages, and deaths.

    A handwritten card reference catalog by Dr. Boomgaard is also a notable inclusion in the collection, which will be valuable for researchers working on topics concerning demographic, agricultural, and labor history of the Dutch East Indies. The collection was donated by his widow, Dr. Raquel A.G. Reyes, a historian and newspaper columnist.

    VIEW COLLECTION

    About Dr. Peter Boomgaard

    Dr. Boomgaard (1946 – 2017) was Professor of Economic and Environmental History of Southeast Asia, University of Amsterdam. He was also former Director and Senior Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies/Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV) in Leiden. He specialized in Indonesia, with a particular focus on Java, authoring many books, edited volumes, and journal articles on demographic, social, and environmental history.
    WATCH: COLLECTION'S HIGHLIGHTS

    How to Access the Collection

    A list of the collection can be requested from the Asian Center Library: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Students, faculty, or staff of UP Diliman who wish to borrow the materials books are advised to search the materials they need through the list. Once the resources desired to be borrowed are identified please allow about 3 to 5 working days for us to process the materials. Because we would still need to process/catalog them before release.
    Please fill out the Asian Center Appointment Form and library book request through this link: https://bit.ly/acappointment1. Indicating time and date of pick up and attach a copy of your ID and a Form5 / CRS Screenshot of enrolled status for us to process your request.
  • PAYMENTS: OVERDUE FINES, ETC

    Students with accountabilities to the Asian Center Library can now pay overdue fines through Landbank. Book fines are waived for books that are due on 10 March 2020 onwards.

    Payment Process: Library Accountabilities

    Please view flowchart of payment procedures: https://bit.ly/2X5iu6A
    Kindly send a request for a bill payment or statement of account from our Special Collecting Officer via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    After returning your overdue books, you may now choose either of the following modes of payment when paying for your library fines.

    Payment Options

    1. Payment using Landbank Linkbiz: https://bit.ly/3369lym
    2. Online Payment Transaction via PESONET: https://bit.ly/3jPbRiy
    3. Direct Bank Payment: https://bit.ly/3k34Evw
  • FINES/PENALTIES

    Waiving of Fines for Books with Due Date starting on March 10 onwards

    Students with accountabilities to the Asian Center Library can now pay overdue fines through Landbank. Book fines are waived for books that are due on 10 March 2020 onwards.

    Please see the "Book Returns, Payments" tab for the complete guidelines on book returns and payment of applicable fines in light of the community quarantine. 

    Failure to Return a Circulation Book On or Before the Due Date

    Php 2.00 a day, exclusive of Sundays and holidays.

    Failure to Return a Reserve Book On or Before the Due Date

    For the first hour or a fraction thereof after the hour appointed for return, one peso (Php1.00); for each hour after the first, five pesos (Php5.00); for each full day, fifty pesos (Php50.00). A second offense within a semester shall automatically suspend/curtail this privilege for the rest of the semester or summer.

    Failure to Return a General Reference Book and Other Restricted Materials Borrowed for Photocopying Purposes

    A person who fails to return a general reference book and other restricted materials borrowed for photocopying purposes shall pay a fine of Php50.00, on the second offense the person shall have his library privileges suspended for one week.

    Fines for books due during the enhanced community quarantine are waived. These books may be returned once onsite service resumes.


    FEES

    Electricity fees apply only when plugging your laptop, phone, etc.

  • How to Donate

    Thank you for your interest. This page will be updated to include
    • Steps on how to donate books and materials
    • UPD Libraries Donation Policy
    • Decree on Legal and Cultural Deposit, Presidential Decree No. 812, October 16, 19752
  • Overview

    The Asian Center Library, established in 1956, provides bibliographic support to the teaching and research programs of the Center. Its primary functions include acquiring, organizing, and disseminating information materials needed by the students, faculty and staff. 

    Mission and Vision

    To serve effectively and efficiently all library users by assisting them of their use of online and offline related materials on Asia and the Philippines. To be the University's primary hub of related materials on Asian and Philippine studies.

    Citizen's Charter

    View the list of external services (PDF), as stated in the Citizen's Charter of the Main Library, University of the Philippines Diliman.

  • Contact Information: Email, Social Media, Mailing List

    Call 8 981 8500 local 3579 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Like the Asian Center Library's Facebook page. Sign up to get updates on schedule changes, closures, new acquisitions, and other library-related news.

    Library Staff

    Eustaquia Landa, RL

    Ms. Landa has served in the UP library services for over 29 years. As head librarian, she is in charge of the Asian Center library's main activities and operations, including the management of the collection, and the acquisition and cataloguing of books. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Accounting in 1984 and her Master in Library Science in 1995.

    Alessandra Guimba

    Ms. Guimba is taking up her MA in Library Science at the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of the Philippines. She obtained her librarian's license in 2008.

    Miccah Frayna

    A BA Art Studies major, Ms. Frayna is helping in the general services of the Asian Center library.

    Mary Faith Rayel

    Ms. Rayel is an Administrative Assistant assigned to help in the technical and user eduation services of the Asian Center library. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education.

    Jonjon Katigbak

    Mr. Katigbak assists in various activities and projects of the Asian Center library.

    Rina Cossid

    Ms. Cossid is the newest staff member of the Asian Center library.

     

  • Service Advisory: Asian Center Library Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As a preventive and safety measure to the current situation on COVID-19, the Asian Center Library will be CLOSED effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. Please view available services in the "Service Advisory" tab

    Guidelines and Assistance for Faculty and Students to Access Library Resources in UP Diliman

    The guidelines contain the list of available physical and electronic resources, database and journal subscriptions, steps for off-campus access, as well as assistance on requesting permission to access/procure copyrighted works and other materials for remote learning. 

    Students are encouraged to use UPD Remote Access via OpenAthens to access electronic resources off-campus. See "Remote Learning" tab in the Student Corner to learn about OpenAthens.

    Get Updates

    Sign up to get updates on schedule changes, closures, new acquisitions, and other library-related news.  Should you have any questions or require any assistance, feel free to contact the Asian Center Library via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Facebook (Asian Center Library).

  • On-Site Borrowing/Returning Is Suspended While Asian Center Library Remains Closed

    Find Books via TUKLAS (formerly iLib)

    You can check the books available in UP libraries and in the university's digital subscriptions. Use advanced search to see if the/a book is available in the Asian Center library. View this video on how to use Tuklas and acess other online resources.

    Start Search

    How to Borrow Books (For UP Diliman employees)

    1. Please fill out the book card (s) found at the inside back cover.
    2. Present the book card (s) to the librarian for processing.
    3. Return the books on time to avoid the fines. Please see the “Fees and Fines” tabs on your left

    How Many Books Can I Borrow and How Long Till I Return Them?

    It depends. View chart..

    Guidelines and Assistance for Faculty and Students to Access Library Resources in UP Diliman

    The guidelines contain the list of available physical and electronic resources, database and journal subscriptions, steps for off-campus access, as well as assistance on requesting permission to access/procure copyrighted works and other materials for remote learning. 

    The guidelines were implemented in light of the community quarantine and the shift to remote learning for the First Semester of AY 2020-2021. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the Asian Center Library via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Facebook (Asian Center Library).

  • ONSITE COLLECTIONS

    The UP Asian Center hosts an Asian Studies Collection, which consists of extensive resource materials, both printed and non-printed, on Asian politics, society and culture, economis, and politics. Most of the materials are written in English, as well as in various local languages in Asia, such as Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Thai, among others. It is classified according to the four main geographic areas of concentration of the Asian Center’s academic and research programs: Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

    General Collection

    Includes resources on the social sciences, as well as country-specific studies outside, but relevant to, the Asian region.

    Circulation Books

    These are books published from 2006 to the present. They are placed in the reading area, and arranged alphabetically by call number or discipline. They have neon green stickers on their spine.

    Stacks

    These refer to books published 2005 and earlier. They are arranged according to regions and countries of Asia. You will be guided by the the labels on the shelves. Region and country codes are included in the call number as additional guide. 

    Note: Country codes are indicated only in the actual books, and are not reflected in the OPAC call number. To easily locate the book, bear in mind the country it is about (if applicable).  

    Know the Difference: Circulation Books vs Stacks

    Circulation

    Circulation books refer to books published from 2006 to the present. They are placed in the reading area, and arranged alphabetically by call number or discipline. They have neon green stickers on their spine.

    Stacks
    These refer to books published 2005 and earlier. They are arranged according to regions and countries of Asia. You will be guided by the the labels on the shelves. Region and country codes are included in the call number as additional guide. 
    Note: Country codes are indicated only in the actual books, and are not reflected in the OPAC call number. To easily locate the book, bear in mind the country it is about (if applicable).  

    Know the Codes and Floor Plan

    Books of the Asian Center have country codes. Please refer to this chart (pop-up). View floor plan (pop-up)

    Periodicals and Journals 

    These materials located in Hall of Wisdom, Room 209  include current and bound periodicals, arranged alphabetically by title. For more updated journals, refer to the online Electronic Databases. Issues of Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, published since 1963 by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines are available for download. 

    Reference Books, Maps, and Audio Materials

    Audiovisual materials include DVDs, CDs, VCDs, and VHSs of movies, documentaries, promotional videos, and language learning lessons, among others. A high-definition TV, projector, and DVD player may be used.  Library users may also consult maps of Southeast Asia, Philippines, East Asia, and other Asian regions. 

    Theses Section

    The Asian Center library also keeps the MA theses and PhD dissertations of its graduates. They are available only for room use. To access them, please consult the desk librarian. View list.

    Special Collections

    The library mantains the Saniel Collection, which refers to books owned and donated by the former dean of the Asian Center, Dr. Josefa Saniel, who is now Professor Emeritus of the college. The Asian Center also hosts the China Book Center, materials from which are room-use only. View list.

    Reserved Books

    Reserved books may be loaned for overnight use only. Please ask the Desk Assistant regarding the availability of the books or be guided by the list. Write your name and author/title of the book on a sheet of paper and give it to the Desk Assistant for your reservation. The overdue fine is 1 peso for the first hour; 5 pesos for succeeding hours and 50 pesos / day (inclusive, of Sundays and Holidays).

  • Asian Center Library Closed Covid2019

    Asian Center Library Closed Covid2019

    Library Staff Nov 2019

    Library Staff Nov 2019

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    New Library Layout 01

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    New Library Layout 02

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    New Library Layout 03

    New Library Layout 04

    New Library Layout 04

    Periodicals and Journals

    Periodicals and Journals

    Stacks Circulation Books

    Stacks Circulation Books

    Theses Dissertations

    Theses Dissertations

 


 

Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia

Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia

Musyawarah: The Official Newsletter of the UP Asian Center

Musyawarah: The Official Newsletter of the UP Asian Center

Theses and Dissertations: A List

Theses and Dissertations: A List

Free Publications: By Asian Center Faculty and Staff

Free Publications: By Asian Center Faculty and Staff

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

Learn: Lectures & Conferences

Learn: Lectures & Conferences

News & Announcements

News & Announcements

Video: Lectures and Conferences

Video: Lectures and Conferences