The Baguio City public library: A place of knowledge and support for learning

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THE LIBRARYS ORIGINS AND
OBJECTIVES
The Baguio City Public Library is located at Kisad Road, right across the childrens area of Burnham Park. It was originally formed before World War II, housed at the citys post office. Eventually, the library was transferred to various locations, from Harrison Road in 1946 to the City Hall in 1993, before being officially built and inaugurated at the former Mira Sol Complex on April 29, 1998, later having its annex of three floors added on September 1, 2001, as stated in the city government’s official website.
The public library aims to serve as a haven for gaining and relaying information; a beacon of learning and development devoted to helping citizens become well-informed and willing to contribute their best to society through the knowledge gathered from within its walls.
WHAT THE LIBRARY OFFERS
The Baguio City Public Library allows free access to a wide range of reading material that people can pick up and read anytime during opening hours. It would not be hard for someone to find a book covering a topic they need to look into, as there is something for everyone: students can utilize the librarys resources to their full advantage for studying; people can choose from a variety of scholarly topics such as law, history, gender, and foreign languages, not to mention the library also houses a section specifically for providing assistance with theses and dissertations. The library also has a children’s section should a child wish to stay occupied with a story, along with a fiction section for older clients to entertain themselves. In general, the library can be a place for avid readers to enjoy the opportunity of being able to sit down, relax, and read comfortably.
The librarys Internet section must also be mentioned as it allows users to gain further access to information through online resources, as well as access to other types of learning material such as video and audio that can better suit one’s preferred way of learning.
Furthermore, the public library’s services also extend beyond its premises through special programs held with the aim of taking a direct, hands-on approach to providing knowledge and entertainment to the community, such as storytelling at the children’s park, special contests and events coinciding with national holidays as well as local traditions, and even a live podcast called Lib Talk, which discusses various topics along with interviewing guests in order to further convey information to the public. Episodes of the podcast can be viewed on the librarys official Facebook page.
AN IDEAL PLACE OF STUDY AND LEISURE
The Baguio City Public Library is the ideal facility for studying and recreation; members of the community would be able to utilize the library’s resources in complete silence, allowing greater focus on their reading without any distractions. The library also houses numerous tables and chairs (with a number of them being cushioned) for people to comfortably settle down on with their chosen book. However, if that is not convincing enough, the library also allows the consumption of refreshments while reading (provided that users clean up after themselves), which can be chosen from a wide selection of tasty, yet affordable snacks and beverages at the first floor’s canteen. Clients are able to enjoy their books with a cup of coffee in hand (which is perfect for a morning visit) or perhaps an asado bun (which can be wholeheartedly recommended as it is quite tasty, based on personal experience), making the experience at the library more solid. Lastly, the library is open for most of the week, which means it can be accessible at any time even on weekends.
Overall, the Baguio City Public Library strives to provide services to the community through free access to its resources along with special activities that directly reach out to the general public, with the space within its walls providing an ideal environment for people to study and work in. There is more to the public library than meets the eye; it is not just a building full of books, but a source of information and communication that can enable us to learn something every day and hopefully inspire us to be better citizens through what we read.**EWP-BCPL


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