If you are starting to get eye strains, and back pains, and all the other strains and pains from being in front of your computer all day long, it’s time to take a break. Turn your gadgets off, leave them at home, and get out the door.
So, where to go? In case you have a thesis to finish, a deadline to beat, a research project to fulfill, a girlfriend-swamped-with-work in need, or just want to learn new things through reading, go to the National Library of the Philippines (NLP).
Yes, we heard your millennial gasping. We do have a national library. And the NLP is still alive and kicking. In fact, they just celebrated their 129th anniversary this month.
And in case you've forgotten what a library looks like, here are some pictures:
With more than 210,000 books; 880,000 manuscripts, all part of the Filipiniana Division; 170,000 newspaper issues from Metro Manila and across the Philippines; 66,000 theses and dissertations; 104,000 government publications; and 3,800 maps and 53,000 photographs, NLP is truly a bookworm and research paradise.
Not much into print? The library also has other multimedia digital collections stored on various forms of non-print media. And although we told you to leave your gadgets behind, you should know that they have free Wi-Fi.
How to access this massive collection? Well, you just have to present a valid ID, and that’s it! No more entrance fee nor library card needed. You can get inside this booklovers’ haven without spending even P1. You may still avail of the NLP ID, though, at P100 if you want.
The National Library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Fridays. It's located at T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. Check out their Facebook page for more updates.