About the Library

The CCP Library and Archives established in 1972 is a special library which serves as the national repository of Filipiniana and foreign books as well as non-book materials on arts and culture, history, and the humanities. Apart from its regular library services, the CCP Library and Archives had published several worthy publications namely, Lahi-a semi-annual literary journal; Pamana – a monthly cultural magazine; Gantimpala – a book on theater plays and the ten volume Union Catalog on Philippine Culture consisting of the seven art forms – architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theater and visual arts which became one of the most useful guides and highly regarded reference material in locating important source materials in the study of Philippine arts and culture.

Since it started its library build-up in July 1970, the CCP Library and Archives has acquired donations from embassies, book foundations, book organizations, university presses and general reference libraries and individuals.The substantial collection of print and non-print materials is further enhanced by significant acquisitions through purchases, gifts and exchanges, contributions authorized by Presidential Decree 812 (Cultural Legal Deposit Law) and donations from various artists, private collectors, cultural institutions, government agencies, international societies, and the like.


To become a leading national repository of books and non-book materials on Philippine and World arts and culture and the humanities, and an acknowledged source of information and services fundamental to learning arts and culture.


  • To select, acquire, organize, disseminate service and preserve book and non-book materials on the humanities with emphasis on Philippine arts and culture.
  • To provide research and reference materials and services to both foreign and local artists, professionals, college, high school and elementary students, CCP officials, employees, and the general public as well.
  • To establish linkages with schools, libraries, organizations, and other local and international cultural institutions through exchange of publications, resources and other library related activities.
  • To provide specific guidelines on the proper usage of book, audio-visual and iconographic materials.
  • To extend library services beyond the walls by providing on-site, off-site and on-line library services.
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