Verily, with the birth of the college also came about the organization of the library. San Beda University was established at the Arlegui in June 19, 1901. Within the confines of two storey building was a room set aside for the library. The private collections of the Fathers mostly in Spanish, and a few books purchased and donated to the College, resulted in the humble beginning of the library to cater to the needs of the graders, high schoolers and a few of college men. There was no permanent and formally trained librarian. The books were unclassified and uncataloged.

The need for a healthier surrounding and greater space for an ever increasing enrolment forced the Benedictine Fathers and students to transfer the school to its present site, Mendiola. The first two rooms adjacent to the church, southwing of the college, were assigned for the library. Records show that as of December 8, 1941 there were 6,593 volumes. From 1942-45, the college compound became some kind of a "quarter" for the Japanese. Taking advantage of the benevolence of the Japanese, the Fathers conducted a bit of schoolwork and catechism, the enrolment reaching a peak of 200 students. During this year, the library was kept intact.

The end of WW II brought spectacular changes not only in the annual increase of enrolment but also in buildings and facilities. To provide a more spacious place for the Bedans for their research, personal reading and lesson preparation, the whole first floor of the once auditorium was converted into library. Formally trained and professional librarians were employed and the collections were organized according to Dewey Decimal Classification System.

The collection increased by leaps and bounds through the unending purchase as the years gradually elapsed. A serious need was felt to decentralize the library. Thus, in 1963, the college library was transferred to the newly constructed St. Anselm Bldg. Located on the second floor is air-conditioned Concon Library named after its donor alumnus, Gregorio Concon, who partly financed its construction. It has a total floor area of 762 sq. m., more than half the second floor. The mezzanine (196 sq. m.) is set aside as the Periodical Section.

With the increased in enrolment, there was a need to extend the College Library. First, in 1984, the St. Anselm Extension Building was constructed. A 324 sq. m. floor area was alloted for the LAW Library. Then in June 1995, the College Library was transferred to the St. Maur’s Hall. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Library also known as the Gregorio Concon Library occupies the second floor while the LAW Library or the Dean Feliciano Jover Ledesma Memorial Library at the third floor.

In 2003, the Graduate School Library was established for the Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Liturgy and Graduate School of Law and was housed also at the third floor of the St. Maur’s Building. The Graduate School Library now has an extension at St. Maur’s Building and a satellite (mini) library for the Graduate School of Business at the Robert G. Coyiuto, Jr. Business Management Hall, at St. Bede’s Building.

The growth of the library was tremendous. In 2007 the administration of the Health Sciences Library was transferred to the College Library. The said library which primarily caters the College of Nursing and College of Medicine is located at the 2nd floor of St. Anselm’s Building.

The College Library facilities has grown as well as its resources and services. The information needs of the library clientele has evolved hence to be in sync with these changing information landscape, the library has introduced a hybrid collection of print and electronic resources. The onset of technology paved the way for the enhancement of the Reference Section which is now called as the Information Commons. The new section houses reference sources in print and electronic format. 


The College Library, as part of the academic community, is committed to provide materials and services that will help in the formation of fully human, wholly Christian, truly Filipino and globally competitive individuals.

Library Hours


(Monday to Friday)

(Monday to Friday)

(Monday to Friday)

(Monday to Friday)

(Saturday only)

(Monday to Friday)

(Monday to Friday)

(Monday to Friday)


CAS Library Extension

Law Library

Graduate School Library

GSB Library Extension

Health Sciences Library

Information Commons

Periodical Section

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


1. A bonafide student with valid identification card is entitled to borrow ten (10) books at a time subject to the following rules:

  • Nine (9) general circulation books and one (1) reserve book at the CAS Library.
  • Two (2) general circulation and one (1) reserve book at the Law, Graduate School and Health Sciences Libraries.

2. General circulation books are those that are found in the stack area. They may be borrowed for a period of one (1) week and may be renewed again if not in demand. However, general circulation books in Health Sciences Library may be borrowed for a period of two (2) days only.

3. Reserve books are shelved only at the circulation counter. They may be borrowed within the day for only a period of five (5) hours and for overnight use starting at 4:00 in the afternoon and due for return the following day at 1:00 p.m.

4. Students must return the books at specified time. Otherwise, a fine of One Peso (P1.00) per day will be charged for unreturned general circulation books, six pesos and fifty centavos (P6.50) per day and fifty centavos (P0.50) per hour for reserve books in CAS Library, Law Library and Graduate School Libraries.

A fine of ten pesos (P10.00) per day will be charged for unreturned general circulation books and thirty pesos (P30.00) per day or two pesos and fifty centavos (P2.50) per hour for reserve books at the Health Sciences Library.

5. In case of lost or damaged book, the student has to replace the book with the same title and edition. If replacement is not possible, the price of book plus processing fee and overdue fine must be paid.

6. The library offers wireless internet connection (wi-fi). In order to avail of this service, the student must register his/her laptop or tablet at Bedanet.

7. The library adheres to the Intellectual Property Right Law on photocopying. Reproduction of an entire book is not permissible. (R.A. no. 8293)

8. Clearance must be secured from the library when:

  • a student has an overdue book/fine during issuance of permit for examination by the Accounting office.
  • a student is applying for graduation and or/ exit clearance.

9. Theses/Dissertations are strictly for library use only. Photocopying and digital capturing using cameras, cellular phones and other electronic devices are not allowed.

10. Bedañana (a collection of materials about San Beda College), must be availed within the library only. Photocopying of these materials is not allowed.

Responsibility of Library Patrons

Personal belongings should not be left unattended. The library is not responsible for their losses/damages.Students are expected to observe proper decorum and conduct in the library. Sanctions for offenses are dealt with accordingly; implementation of sanction for a major offense is in coordination with the Prefect of Discipline of each academic department.

Library Heads and Personnel per College/ Department

Fr. Paul Ma. A. De Vera, OSB              -           Director, Institutional Learning Resources      

Rosalinda P. Robles                             -           Assistant Coordinator of Libraries                   

Jennifer P. Comabig                            -           Head of Libraries                                                        

CAS Library 

Jenny O. Guinsod                    -           CAS Librarian                         

Joeffrey del Rosario                -           Library Staff                           

Freddie Deraja                        -             Library Staff                           

Alfredo Melendez Jr.             -             Library Staff                             

Rogelio Meneses                    -            Library Staff                             

Virgilo Ramos                          -            Library Staff

Aldren Comeros                      -           Library Staff

John Dave Nabua                    -          Library Staff

Information Commons

Cynthia A. Moyano                 -           Reference Librarian

Periodical Section

Leonila A. Bustamante            -          OIC, Periodical Section

Florentino Abarabar               -           Library Staff

Law Library 

Joanna C. Camante                 -        Law Librarian

Lodovico Sison                        -           Library Staff

Json Pablo                               -            Library Staff

Paul Virgil V. Reside                -          EDP Staff

Lolita S. Peregrina                   -          Library Artist

Graduate School Library

Carolina G. Gozon                   -          OIC, Graduate School Library

Health Sciences Library

Tessie D. Barte                        -           Health Sciences Librarian

Karen Lagasca                         -         Library Staff

Oscarlito Armas                      -          Library Staff

Alfredo Panganoron Jr.           -        Library Staff

Acquisition and Technical Processing Office

Laura D. Aquino                      -           Acquisition Librarian

Irene F. Lambon                      -           Head, Cataloger

Rowena C. Glean                     -          Clerk, Typist

George J. Fernando                 -          Clerk

Resources of Unit Libraries

2nd floor St. Maur’s Bldg.

CAS Library (Gregorio Concon Library)

  • General Circulation Books
  • Reserve and Room use Books
  • Filipiniana and Coffee Table Books
  • Faculty Section
  • Harvard Business Review Collections
  • Special Collections: National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); Fidel Valdez Ramos (FVR) Collection; Bedan Publications; Benedictine Spirituality

Information Commons

  • Reference Books
  • Online Resources (EBSCOhost, ProQuest Research Library, Infotrac Custom 250, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Cengage Philippine Collection, Taylor and Francis, Britannica Academic Edition, Clinical Key, eSCRA, Lex Libris (CD-ROM networked version), Newsweek (digital), The Wall Street Journal Asia and Business World Online)
  • Bedañana collection

Periodical Section

  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Faculty Research Journals
  • Asian Development Bank and Philippine Stock Exchange Publications
  • Information File (Newspaper Clippings and pamphlets)
  • Newspapers in print and microfilm

4th Floor St. Bede’s Bldg.

CAS Library Extension

General Circulation books copyrighted 1999 and beyond

3rd Floor St. Maur’s Bldg.

Law Library (Dean Feliciano Jover Ledesma Memorial Library)

  • Law Books (General Circulation, Reserve, Room Use and Reference)
  • Philippine Laws (print and CD-ROM)
  • Philippine Cases (print, CD-ROM (Lex Libris) and online (e-SCRA) and Other Lex Libris CD-ROM Titles (e.g. Family Law, Labor & Social Legislation, Elections, etc.)
  • Foreign Law Books
  • Legal Periodicals
  • Special Collections
    • Dean Rodolfo Robles
    • Justice Roberto Concepcion
    • Senator Raul Roco

Graduate School Library

  • Business Books ( General Circulation, Reserve, Room Use and Reference)
  • Business Periodicals
  • Liturgy Books (General Circulation, Room Use, Reference)
  • Liturgy Periodicals
  • Rare Collection (Missalle Romanum)
  • Rare Book Collection

2nd Floor St. Bede’s Bldg.

Library Extension for Graduate School of Business (Robert G. Coyiuto, Jr. Business Management Hall)

  • Business Books copyrighted within the last 3 years and theses provided by GSB Department.

2nd Floor St. Anselm’s Bldg

Health Sciences Library

  • Nursing and Medical Books (General Circulation, Reserve, Room Use, Reference)
  • Periodicals
  • Information File (Newspaper Clippings)
  • Online Resources (Clinical Key, EBSCOhost, ProQuest Research Library, Infotrac Custom 250, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Britannica Online, Taylor and Francis)
  • Instructional Materials (CD-ROM’s,DVD’s)
Contact No.
Extension Nos.
Telefax : 735-60-11 loc. 6135
Administrative Office
CAS Library                
Information commons and Periodical Section
Law Library
Graduate School Library
Acquisition and Technical Processing Office
Health Sciences Library