The Bantayog Library is housed at the Bantayog Memorial Center (BMC) – Sen. Jovito R. Salonga Building in Diliman, Quezon City. It serves as a repository of materials on the Philippine experience during the Martial Law period.
The library holds over 2,000 titles on Philippine history, politics, economics and other social sciences, rare materials published during the Martial Law period (in print and non-print format), and an extensive collection of posters, illustrations, and other graphic materials.
The library continues to solicit donations of books and reference materials on human rights, justice and democracy.
The Bantayog Library started out in June 2008. With the help of volunteers of BMC, it opened its doors to the public on February 24, 2009. The library began with donations of materials from several individuals and families, and its collection has grown considerably in its past few years of operation.
We aim to build collections for the study of the Martial Law period, the circumstances that produced the dictatorship, and the people’s responses to the repressive regime. The library shall provide the public access to the collections and other sources of information. It is our goal to continue networking with other libraries and institutions for the growth and development of the collections. We shall uphold the highest professional standards of quality service and develop the necessary expertise and innovative spirit among our staff.
In order to fulfill the library’s vision of becoming a modern, self-sustaining library recognized and accredited locally and internationally as a major repository of materials on the country’s experience of authoritarian rule, the Library Committee aims to develop a comprehensive collection, make these available to the public, and ensure the preservation and availability of these for the present and future generations. It is our purpose to act as channel of communication and aid in the establishment of a bridge between the library and the user community.
The Bantayog Library has the following collections:
- Periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers)
- Graphic materials (posters, photos, drawings, etc.)
- Other print and non-print materials (theses, manuscripts, audios and videos, biographies, etc.)
Library hours is from 9AM to 5PM from Monday to Friday except national holidays.