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Collection 1 - First University Collections

The University Library possesses ca. 500 books published before its foundation in 1611. This section contains the collections of the first three donors: Archbishop of Manila and University founder, Miguel de Benavides, O.P., Captain Hernando de los Rios Coronel, and Bishop of Nueva Segovia, Fr. Diego de Soria, O.P.

 

 

Collection 1 - First University Collections

Collection 2 - Collegiate Collections

The first courses offered in the University were the Arts (Philosophy) and Theology. Therefore, books on sciences, such as Theology, Sacred Scriptures, Morals, Dogmatic Theology, etc. have been included.

Collection 2 - Collegiate Collections

Collection 3 - Law Collections

The University was granted permission to offer degrees in Roman and Civil Law in the year 1733. This section comprises books pertaining to Civil Law and Canon Law, Jurisprudence, Government, etc.

Collection 3 - Law Collections

Collection 4 - Health Sciences

Though the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery were opened in the second half of the 19th century, there are in the Library a good number of books on these sciences which were printed much earlier.

Collection 4 - Health Sciences

Collection 5 - Filipiniana Materials

Wenceslao E. Retana, a famous Philippines bibliographer and Filipinologist, defined Filipiniana as follows : “books printed in the Philippines irrespective of the subject they treat of, because all of those are indispensable for the accurate study of the typography of the Archipelago;  those that are about the Philippines, no matter …

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Collection 5 - Filipiniana Materials

About the collections



     The UST Miguel de Benavides Library is engaged into a remarkable project called Lumina Pandit II which is being supported by the UnionBank of the Philippines. The project consists of three major components: conservation, digitization, and publication of the UST Heritage Library rare collections housed in the Library as well as the Archives collections.

 

     The digitization of rare, historical and fragile books and documents of the University of Santo Tomas, which have been gathered through its long history, is a brilliant endeavor of the two institutions

 

     The library converts its heritage collections to digital format and makes them available to a wider public through the World Wide Web. A digital repository is created not only for preservation but to provide its users a trusted digital library that help support information discovery. Digitizing the library’s valuable heritage collections has the following objectives: to increase the accessibility of the unique rare materials and historic records to meet the research and educational needs of the clientele; to provide access to materials that can no longer be accessed due to format obsolescence; and to protect original records by reducing frequent handling during use.

 

     The Library is  using the CONTENT digital management (CONTENTdm) software which supports the upload, description, management andaccess of digital collections. This is one of the best softwares available in themarket by Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Presently, we are uploading the digital copies and evaluating the possibility of a hosting service based in theAsia Pacific region to ensure speedy access and continuous availability of the collections.

 

     The initial public domain digitized rare book collections in this digital repository are listed at the left side of this Homepage. Moreover, digital copies of some archival materials are also included. Please click the Archives button to see its digital format.

 

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