Explore Marikina City Library and learn more direct from hard bound book. Despite the fact that information is now available online, some people still enjoy reading and scanning books in library. This is why Marikina City Library strives to provide the best experience to their guests.
Marikina City Library was established as a municipal library on August 11, 1956 under then Mayor Gil Estanislao Fernando. Since its institution until the year 1961, it was only a small library that occupied a small space at the session hall of the municipal building.
The library started with just 300 volumes of books which were allocated by the Bureau of Public Libraries. It started with just book shelves, a table and four chairs that were donated by some citizens. Gradually, it grew because of the fund appropriation of the local government.
To enhance the Library’s services and facilities, the local government passed Resolution No. 18 which mandated that there will be ample space allocated for the library located in Lot No. 100-B, Sta. Elena, Marikina. The library then transferred to its new building on August 16, 1962 and it was inaugurated on November 25, 1962 coinciding the National Book Week.
In order to serve more of its constituents, there were Barrio Libraries opened at J. dela Peña, Concepcion, Parang, Barangka and Nangka. This project was spearheaded by the provincial librarian, Bureau of Public Libraries and the Barrio Council.
Because of the expanding population and a greater need for materials, a bigger library building was constructed on November 28, 1988 through the cooperation of the local government and the Philippine National Bank- Marikina.
Further expansion were also initiated that today, the library already occupies 700.62 square meters.
The library offers the following services:
Reader’s Service headed by the librarian who helps patrons, especially students, in finding the appropriate material for their specific needs.
Reference Service is when the librarian answers questions regarding the location and nature of the reading materials needed.
Library Lecture is when new patrons are given lecture and orientation on the rules and regulations of the library as well as the use of card catalogs.
Literacy Programs are initiated by the library in order to help promote reading through storytelling, basic computer, puppet shows, film showing, educational games, reading and comprehension, skills enhancement and the Marikina Children’s Fun Day and others.
Field Trips are also available for schools and institutions. There are also contests, seminars and workshops for students.
The library further reaches out to its constituents through the Library Extension Program and community and school visits they conduct.
Marikina City Library also has the Library Hour heard over Radio ng Marikina dzBF 1647 kHz where the librarian hosts the program Marikina First Library Hour featuring various segments on books, storytelling and an on-air library orientation.