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Reference and Filipiniana Section (RFS)

The Reference Section houses a collection of extensive general reference materials that are intended to be consulted for a particular question or query rather than read thoroughly.

Materials found in this section are for inside use only. Books found in this section comprise different kinds of dictionaries, encyclopedias, indices, directories manuals, atlases, yearbooks, almanacs, bibliography, and non materials that include maps, globes, and vertical files of clippings. The section is located at the second floor.


1.) To provide answers to inquiries for specific information;

2.) To teach students the use of the section and its collection in connection with their research;

3.) To provide bibliographical and other reference assistance; and

4.) To organize ephemeral materials for effective use and easy access.

General reference sources include the following:

DICTIONARIES give information about the words, spelling, pronunciation, derivation, usage, meanings, syllabication, current status, synonyms and antonyms, historical information, etc.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS provide background information in all fields of knowledge.

GEOGRAPHICAL SOURCES are described as tools that provide information about geography, like the atlases, maps, gazetteers, and guide books.

YEARBOOKS are annual compendium of dates and statistics of a given year.

ALMANACS are annual publications of statistics and other information that will inevitably cover information of the previous year.

BIOGRAPHICAL SOURCES contain biographical sketches of factual information about the lives of persons, arranged alphabetically by their surnames.

HANDBOOKS are handy reference sources that provide miscellaneous information about a specific area of interest or topic.

MANUALS contain instructions on how to do any activity.

DIRECTORIES are lists of names of persons, or organizations, usually arranged in alphabetical order which provide information such as addresses, telephone numbers, etc.

INDEXES indicate where to look for information.

Other reference sources comprise books covering all major fields and divisions that are reference in nature for consultation and information purposes, rather than for circulation.

These books are arranged in the shelves according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. The section follows the “open-shelf” system. Photocopying of materials in this section is being discouraged due to irreplaceable losses and deterioration in binding and spine.


Reference/Information Service provides assistance to readers in connection with their research needs, from the simplest to the complex inquiries.

Research Advisory Service advises the users/clienteles on what and how to of materials to use in their researchers, term papers, reports, etc.

Users awareness Service informs the students about the sources and services available.

Displays, exhibits, etc. attract and encourage the use of the section.


Filipiniana Section

The Filipiniana Section has the same function as the Reference Section. Only, the Filipiniana Section consists of materials that are Filipiniana in nature, that is, materials about the Philippines, regardless of the author, imprint or format, except works written by Filipinos treating universally accepted ideas like statistics, mathematics, physics, etc.


1. To furnish needed information that can be supplied by Filipiniana materials;

2. To familiarize students with the various types of Filipiniana materials;

3. To develop among users the skills on the use of Filipiniana resources; and

4. To make users become aware and appreciate them as well as materials about the Philippines.