The construction of the 12-story UP Manila Main Library and Learning Commons officially started on November 26, 2019 with a ground-breaking ceremony led by UP System and UP Manila officials.
“We will change the image of the library. [It will be] not just a study place or rest place, but a place for collaborative work,” UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla said.
The 12-story building will centralize the campus libraries. It will feature longer hours of operation, an open ground floor, individualized thesis-dissertation rooms, small-group study and collaborative areas, a coffee shop, and free drinking water.
“It is the symbol of our commitment to higher learning,” Padilla added.
“Natutuwa ako sa pamunuan at samahan ninyo dito sa UP Manila. Mabilis ang galaw ng mga bagay-bagay dito. Dapat ninyo itong gamitin upang gumanda pa ang ating kampus [UP Manila’s leadership and interrelations hearten me. Things move fast in here. You should use this advantage to improve the campus],” UP President Danilo Concepcion said, assuring the constituent university of the UP System Administration’s priority of improving the physical plant of the campuses.
The upgrade of UP Manila’s library was one of the visions of Padilla when she ran for chancellor in 2014. Former UP President Alfredo Pascual secured funding for a seven-story building in the 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA). When presented to the succeeding UP president for project implementation, Concepcion secured additional GAA funding for a vertical expansion which would make the structure “future-ready” and provide the campus with vital open spaces.