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. 

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  • BOOK RETURN PROTOCOLS: ASIAN CENTER LIBRARY

    Until further notice, the UP Asian Center Library will only accept book returns through the book drop located in the lobby of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.

    Visitors are advised to send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and set an appointment through this link.

    Fines collection will only be during Wednesdays; kindly contact us regarding your account. Any fines incurred during the ECQ period will be waived when the items are returned.

    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.

    OTHER REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS RETURNING BOOKS

    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 IN MAIN LIBRARY, OTHER LIBRARIES

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

  • Service Advisory

    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.

    Overdue books may be returned upon service resumption. The AC Library waives all fines for overdue materials due beginning March 10, 2020 and until normal/onsite service resumes. .

    Students are encouraged to use UPD Remote Access via EZPROXY to access electronic resources off-campus. Just visit: ezproxy.upd.edu.ph/login and login using your DILNET account. For those who need retrieve access to their DILNET accounts, you may visit: https://accounts.upd.edu.ph/ or email the University Computer Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    
Feel free to contact the Asian Center Library with any questions. You may send us a message on Facebook (Asian Center Library) or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

    Thank you and stay safe and healthy everyone.

  • 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).  

    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).

    Electronic Resources

    UP Diliman offers resources for viewing and/or download such as journal articles and full-length theses and dissertations. Please click here to view and search them.

    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).

  • Hours

    The Asian Center library is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m (No Lunch Break). The library is closed on holidays and during cancellations of government work (see Service Advisory Below).

    Service Advisory

    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.

    Overdue books may be returned upon service resumption. The AC Library waives all fines for overdue materials.

    Students are encouraged to use UPD Remote Access via EZPROXY to access electronic resources off-campus. Just visit: ezproxy.upd.edu.ph/login and login using your DILNET account. For those who need retrieve access to their DILNET accounts, you may visit: https://accounts.upd.edu.ph/ or email the University Computer Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    
Feel free to contact the Asian Center Library with any questions. You may send us a message on Facebook (Asian Center Library) or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

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  • 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)

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    January 2020 (18 MB)

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    4Q 2019 (81 MB)

    View list


     

  • Who Has Access and How?

    For UP Diliman employees

    1. Please present your validated ID upon entry.

    For UP Diliman students

    1. Have your ID validated by the librarian (once a sem)
    2. Please present your ID when entering.
    3. Kindly fill out the electronic registration sheet (on desktop)
    4. While waiting for their UP ID, new Asian Center students can get a temporary ID by submitting the following to the librarian:
      1. Form 5
      2. 1 x 1 photo
      3. Appointment slip for ID processing (issued by the University Registrar)

    For UP alumni/former employees

    1. Present a valid ID and proof of UP alumni status (UPAA Card)
    2. Free use for five (5) days per semester or mid-year. Beyond that, please pay the appropriate fee (PhP 20/day, PhP 450/semester, or PhP 300/midyear).

    For government employees

    1. Present your ID upon entry.
    2. Obtain a referral letter from your institution's librarian explaining and endorsing your purpose in accessing the Asian Center library.
    3. Free use for five (5) days per semester. Beyond that, please pay the appropriate fee (PhP 20/day, PhP 450/semester, or PhP 300/midyear).
    4. Additional PhP 50/hour to be charged for plugging laptop, phone, etc.
    5. Obtain the library permit
    6. All materials are for room-use only.

    For private/non-UP researchers

    1. Present your ID upon entry.
    2. Obtain a referral letter from your institution's librarian explaining and endorsing your purpose in accessing the Asian Center library.
    3. Pay the appropriate fee (PhP 50/day, PhP 450/semester, or PhP 300/midyear).
    4. Additional PhP 50/hour to be charged for plugging laptop, phone, etc.
    5. Obtain the library permit
    6. All materials are for room-use only.
  • Find Books via 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.

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  • The Asian Center Library is an open shelf service (students and UP Diliman employees can get the books themselves). Non-UP Diliman employees have only room-use access.

    Find Books via 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.

    Start Search

    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

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

    Know the Floor Plan

    View floor plan (pop-up)

    How to Borrow Books (only 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..

  • FINES/PENALTIES

    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.

  • Asian Center Library Closed Covid2019

    Asian Center Library Closed Covid2019

    Library Staff Nov 2019

    Library Staff Nov 2019

    New Library Layout 01

    New Library Layout 01

    New Library Layout 02

    New Library Layout 02

    New Library Layout 03

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

 


 

Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia

Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia

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

Watch: Lectures & Conferences

Watch: Lectures & Conferences

For the Media: Interview Requests

For the Media: Interview Requests

News & Announcements

News & Announcements