My bucket list for the year includes getting a Philippine National Library ID cardand I’m proud to say that that I am now a proud owner of one. It was really a spur of the moment thing. After spending 6 hours in Wen Sha Spa in Pasay City, I persuaded my friend to accompany me to the nation’s flagship library and get an ID card. Here’s how to get yours, should you want it:
- Present one valid ID card and one 1×1 photo at the Cashier located on the ground floor of the library.
- Pay the P50 fee. The cashier will then give you a simple ID card with an RFID tag on the back indicating your ID number.
- Write your name in front of the card and paste your picture. There’s glue provided on the right side of the cashier’s window.
- Register through one of the computers located in the ground floor. You will be asked to supply your personal details.
I suggest that you have the card laminated as it can be easily torn and damaged. Lamination can cost around 15 to 30 pesos depending on where you have it made.
What to do now?
Once you have registered yourself, you can now proceed to the upper floors of the Philippine National Library start reading your favorite books. The General Reference and Multimedia sections are on the second floor of the building. You can also find the Children’s Library and Iranian section can be found at the General Reference section. The Filipiniana and Government Publications sections can be found on the Third Floor. You can search for books using the OPAC computers on the second floor. This allows you to search for books by title, author, and/or subject. The computers belong more to a museum than a library but it’s also a reflection of the “old” ambiance of the library.
It is worth noting that the library is quite up to date with the latest Young Adult Fiction best selllers. You can check out two books at once but you’re not really allowed to take them home; you can read the books in the numerous tables scattered around middle of each section you’re in. There are also photocopiers available should you wish to bring some reading material home.
For more information about the Philippine National Library, you can visit their web site at: http://web.nlp.gov.ph/