College of Medicine Library, UP Manila

Welcome to Dr. F.B. Herrera Jr. Medical Library

The library boasts of its varied collections of books, journals, special collections, audiovisual materials, local and international databases of medical abstracts and bibliographies, and the Electronic Medical Research and Library Database System (EMERALDS ‘71). EMERALDS is a database software of information on medical and other related fields. It is a P6-million dream project of UPM Class 1971 realized through a P3.68-million class donation and a P2.6-million allocation from the CDF of Senator Franklin Drilon. The Medical Library currently subscribes to ClinicalKey, Access Medicine (McGrawHill e-book collections), Medical Teacher Journal, etc.

The library is a center for the study of medical and clinical sciences, and its collections are particularly strong in the subjects of basic and clinical biomedical subjects such as: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Family Medicine, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery, etc.

F. B. Herrera Jr. Medical Library is PAASCU Level III accredited.


Mission Statement

The library, being academic, aims to provide and meet the various needs of the four categories of its users namely: students, faculty, researchers and non-teaching staff. It also coordinates with the University Library and other Administrative Services of Unit Libraries.
Scope of the Collection

The library is a center for the study of medical and clinical sciences, and its collections are particularly strong in the subjects of basic and clinical biomedical subjects such as: Anatomy,Biochemistry, Family Medicine, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery, etc.

This web site introduces the basic activities and gateway to information, providing access to library catalogs, periodical indexes and abstracts, electronic journals and books, reference materials, and many more web-based resources.

Users can find helpful information for the University's system of libraries, including links to the home pages for the Main Libraries and each of the branch libraries, as well as links to Libraries-wide services.
The nucleus of the UP Manila University Library is the Medical Library. It originated from department libraries of the Philippine Medical School which was the first academic unit of UP established in 1907, a year before the UP was even established. The School was renamed UP College of Medicine and Surgery and given a new building in 1910. In same year, the Philippine General Hospital was opened and eventually became a teaching hospital for the College. In 1923, the name College of Medicine and Surgery was shortened to College of Medicine. Pharmacy, Dentistry and Public Health all started as departments of the College in 1914, 1915, and 1927 and became full-pleadged units in 1935, 1948 and 1932 respectively.

The Bureau of Science Library with books and journals from the departments served the needs of the medical students and hospital personnel from 1907 to 1931 when collections of both the College of Medicine and Institute of Hygiene were housed together in the Institute.

The first medical librarian was Aquilino Y. Argosino who pioneered the Philippine Index Medicus. He retired in 1961.

From 1922 the University Library was a highly centralized organization. The library positions and book funds of all unit libraries were all under the administration of the University Librarian (in Manila before 1948 and in Diliman after that). Technical processing which involves the ordering and processing of library materials, and preparation of all necessary records were done at the Main Library.

The Presidential Decree No. 58 in 1972 authorized the UP BOR to plan and established its system of autonomous units. The Health Science Center was created through Presidential Executive Order No. 519 on January 24, 1979, based on the recommendations of the Committee on Library and Textbooks chaired by Dr. Portilio M. Recio and instigated by Dean Florentino B. Herrera. The College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Allied and Medical Professions, and the College of Arts and Sciences comprised the Health Science Center.

After President Angara ordered the reorganization of the library system in December 22, 1981, the seven (7) Health Sciences libraries just mentioned as well as the School of Health Sciences Library in Palo, Leyte were transferred from the administrative supervision of the UP University Librarian Marina G. Dayrit to that of the the second medical librarian Clarissa Dimalanta on October 22, 1983. It was then that UP Manila was declared autonomous by virtue of the Presidential Executive Order no. 4. In the same year, the library was renamed UP Manila Library and placed under the first University Librarian of UP Manila, Clarissa Dimalanta.

Rosvida R. Rosal became the second University Librarian of UP Manila and the third Medical Librarian in 1984. The Medical Libary started to play the role as the temporary seat of UPM Library Administration, handling technical services for the eight Health Science libraries until the construction of a four-storey University Library building for UP Manila was initiated in 1987 by the the third UP Manila Chancellor Dr. Ernesto O. Domingo. Construction began in 1992 and the inauguration transpired on June 22, 1995 during the term of Dr. Perla D. Santos Ocampo, the fourth Chanlellor of UP Manila.


The College Librarian

Gina G. Canceran
Gina G. Canceran
College Librarian-in-Charge

F.B. Herrera Jr., Medical Library
University of the Philipppines Manila
547 Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila 1000
Phone: (632) 526-5851
Tele/Fax: (632) 526-5851
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