The library is a vital facility of every learning institution. It is a repository of knowledge and reference of learning.
How the library evolved into what it is now can be traced to the following events:
The Cebu Doctors’ College of Nursing was opened in 1973 under the deanship of Dean Filomena C. Flores. Its library was situated on the 5th floor of the present hospital building. Miss Elizabeth Muñez (nee Cagalawan) was the supervising Librarian. In 1976, the Arts and Sciences Library was opened with a separate library located on the 5th floor of the Dentistry Building under the supervision of Miss Choly Jumapao and later by Miss Emma Modequillo. In 1977, the College of Medicine also put up its own library on the 4th floor of the CDH Building.
In 1983-1987, Mrs. Virginia R. Ablanque was the College of Arts and Sciences Head Librarian. The necessity to consolidate and centralize all reading materials and references for students, faculty, and staff was felt in the CDC academic community with its growth, more so with the addition of allied medical disciplines and more departments.
In line with the institution’s objectives, additional colleges were opened which were the College of Optometry (CDCO) and the College of Dentistry (CDCD), both in 1980’s, College of Allied Medical Sciences (CDCAMS) in 1982 and College of Rehabilitative (CDCRS) in 1992.
In 1988, Mrs. Maria Lourdes N. Alegarbes was appointed as the Head of the Arts and Sciences Library, which was then called the CDCI Library. The library was then transferred from the Dentistry Building to the College of Nursing Building, fusing the Nursing Library and the Arts and Sciences Library. This was then headed by Mrs. Maria Lourdes N. Alegarbes with Mrs. Elizabeth C. Muñez as the Nursing Librarian. This effort was made in response to the recommendation of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) to have a centralized library.
To make the collection accessible to its users, a separate library was built for the College of Dentistry and Optometry in the area vacated by the Arts and Sciences Library. The Library was still under the supervision of Mrs. Maria Lourdes N. Alegarbes.
In June 1990, Mrs. Hannah V. Cannen was officially appointed as the Consultant/Director of Library Services. In March 1994, Mrs. Cannen’s unwavering pursuit of consolidating all libraries into one center was realized when the library found its permanent place on the 2nd floor of the new CDCI Main Building.
The library houses the collection of books and other reference materials of all colleges except for the College of Medicine, having its own library on the 4th floor of the hospital building. Within the Main library was a Graduate School Library provided to accommodate the needs of the graduate and postgraduate students.
With the retirement of Mrs. Cannen, in May 1999, Mrs. Emeline C. Baco became the head of the library services. Automated facilities such as the MICRO-CDS/ISIS Software for indexing periodical articles and online databases were made available for quick and easy retrieval of information. An Internet Room was put up to give students the chance to be updated with the current trends.
On February 8, 2005, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted the Cebu Doctors’ College a University status. Having been granted as RP’s first. Medical University, the Main Library conceptualized its new vision, mission, and objectives appropriate to a University Library. The library envisioned a fully automated library that could accommodate at least 20% of the population, equipped with modern facilities, sufficient quality materials, effective and efficient operating procedures for quick and easy retrieval of information.
Living up to the expectations of a University, in Summer 2007, the University moved to its new campus located in the North Reclamation Area with the library situated on the second floor. The Library floor area is three times the size of the library in the previous location. With a seating capacity of about 1000, the library is made more conducive to learning and research. It has several new salient features like the Discussion Rooms, Chat Rooms where students can make or answer calls, Conference Room which also serves as a Faculty Reading Area when there is no scheduled meeting or other activities, Laptop Charging Area and a Perk Corner where students can take a short break for a cup of coffee and light refreshments.
In November 24, 2007, during its National Book Week celebration, the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) was launched. Using the Follett Library Integrated Software, the library has come up with its computerized version of the card catalog. The provision of the OPAC gives easy and quick access to the materials in the library.
In Summer 2008, the Automated Library Circulation was also launched. With this development, library cards are no longer needed. Students only need to present their validated school IDS in borrowing any library material. A transaction receipt which replaces the date due slip is issued to a borrower. This receipt will guide the borrower as to when to return the borrowed materials.
In February 2016, the Library upgraded its automation software to Follett Destiny Library Manager- Version 13.0. One of the best features this version offers is allowing our patrons to do online renewal. This is very beneficial especially to our Graduate School students. Patrons can also place reserve request for themselves through the catalog by using one of the library search options to locate the title and clicking “Hold it” on title details. These are just some of the features that advantageous for our patrons.
Summer 2018 is a very remarkable date for the Library. It is during this time that the long awaited library renovation has finally come to reality.
With the support of the 2nd University President, Dr. Philip Anthony S.D. Larrazabal and the rest of the members of the administration, the once was dream is now realized.
The Cebu Doctors’ University Library is being redesigned to adapt to the diverse and changing need of students and faculty, especially the millennials, who prefer a more relaxed learning environment. It is purposely designed to bring students together not just to study but also to socialize.
Because of this, different types of learning spaces and seating options with comfortable furniture for both individual and group study are provided.
- The Quiet Area is designed for those who prefer to study alone and without any distractions especially from noise.
- There are also Collaborative Hubs that allow group collaboration and knowledge co-creation.
- Well-equipped Discussion Rooms for small group discussion.
- A cozy Chill-out Corner where students feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Chat Rooms are provided for those who wish to make and answer calls.
- Well-designed Open Hubs and a Multimedia hub, with electrical outlets are available for laptop users.
- And a self-serving and comfy café that offers well-selected food and drinks. The Coffee Shop is open to extended hours so that students need not go somewhere else to study.
Furnishings are also provided that allow users to customize the environment to suit their needs. Access to wireless networks that allow users to maximize the use of online resources like electronic books and online journal databases.
With these new facilities in place, students and faculty would surely love to come and maximize the use of it resources.
The Library, being part of every educational institution exists to aid the university in achieving its mission, vision, goals, and objectives. It is for this very important role that it has to be dynamic and has to change with time to make it relevant and useful.