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The Antonio V. del Rosario Heritage Library
contains a collection of almost 30,000 volumes with a total of less than 5,000
titles covering a broad spectrum of knowledge like treatises on Philosophy,
Civil and Canon law, Theology, Sciences, History, Music and the Arts from
the 15th to the 19th century. Many of these books are written in Latin, while
some are written in vernacular languages like Italian, French, German and
Spanish. The collection came from the old University. Other books were donated
by Dominican priests, private individuals, and gifts of missionaries who worked
in the Philippines. Majority of the books were published and printed in Europe.
The Filipiniana rare collections are books, periodicals and other materials
about the Philippines printed as early as 1600s, 1700s, 1800s and 1900s regardless
of authorship, language used and the place of publication. Filipiniana materials
of limited edition published during the Spanish , American and Japanese occupations
until the year of the liberation, 1945.
The Spanish collections are housed in the Spanish
section located at the 4th floor of the Central Library building. Its main
objective is to preserve the collection in the Spanish language (mainly 20th
century). The collection includes books on the Arts, Humanities, Philosophy,
History, Literature, Law, Pharmacy and Medicine. Although students of Spanish
are the main users of this section, it also accommodates all bonafide students
of the University and other qualified researchers.