What is Public Library?A library of Library system thatprovides unrestrict access tolibrary resources and servicesfree of charge to all the residentsof a given community, district, orgeographic region, supportedwolly or in part of public finds.
MissionTo provide library andinformation servies to theneeds of the community.
GoalsTo build within each library aninformation center about itsrespective community itsresourceshistory, people, customs andtraditions.
ObjectivesTo develop nationality, anetwork and linkages amongpublic libraries with theNational Library as the centerto facilitate researchreference needs of patrons.
Collection DevelopmentThe collection must reflect theobjectives of the library andthe needs of the communityserved.
The collection shall includebooks, multi-media and othernon-book materials such asthose in the state-of-the-arttechnologies, periodicals, map, pamphets, and otheraudiovisual materials.
The library shall maintainthe local history collection. The size of the librarycolection is dependent in theallocation from the NationalLibrary and form the budgetfunds provided by the localgovernment unit in the annualappropriations.
A minimun of initialcollection of 3000 volumes ofbooks is deemed appropriatefor public libraries in theregions, provinces, cities andfirst class municipalitiesregardless of their population.
For libraries inmunicipalities lower than thefirst class, an initial bookcollection of 2000 isrecommended as startingcollection while for barangayreading centers 500 volumesid recommended.
Selection and aquisition ofbooks and other librarymaterials shall rest on thelibrarian with the assistanceof her professional staff.Materials for aquisitionrecommended by libraryclientele shall be considered.
A provision for atleast 10%annual increase of thecollection must be providedeach of any library category.
Enrollment Number of Periodical TitlesLess than 1,000 students 50 titles1C01 – 3000 students 75 titlesOver 3000 students 100 titles