STARTING Aug. 15, Thomasians can again stay, use resources and avail themselves of services at the UST Miguel de Benavides Library after reserving seats through an online appointment system.

To secure a seat, Thomasians must reserve a seat in their preferred library location (except high school libraries) through at least a day before their intended visit date. Those with “approved” reservations may proceed to visit the library.

Academic and administrative officials, academic staff, support staff and students who are participating in limited face-to-face classes are allowed to make reservations.

Chief Librarian Maria Cecilia Lobo said the UST Library deemed it necessary to provide limited in-person transactions since the University is rolling out more limited face-to-face classes for this academic year.

“We want to assure everyone that even in these challenging times for education, the UST Library is becoming even more essential to the learning needs of the students. The library faces new realities with resilience to respond to this crisis,” Lobo told the Varsitarian

The Library will accommodate about 600 students in the morning (8:30 a.m. to 12 nn) and another 600 students in the afternoon (1:30 to 5:30 p.m.) from Monday to Friday.

“The Library will do its best to be more dynamic, creative and responsive in giving its best service than ever before. It will always remain engaged, connected, and committed to supporting the information needs of every Thomasian,” Lobo said.

Each section or branch will have its seating capacity limit information posted at its entrance door.

Alumni, reviewees and visiting researchers must send a request letter addressed to the prefect of libraries or chief librarian at prior to the intended date of visit, which will be subject to approval. 

Visiting the Graduate School section, Ecclesiastical Faculties Library and Health Services Library will also be subject to approval.

The UST Library will also resume its on-site circulation services (borrowing and returning) and TURNITIN service on Aug. 15. 

Other online services (Library Virtual Office, Circulation Services, Document Delivery, Online Library User-Education, Suggest a Purchase, TURNITIN Service) resumed on Aug. 9.


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