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The OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY Library that we know today began with a vision of creating a medical complex that will be a training center for competent health care providers. In line with this vision, Mr. Jose C. Olivares who is a chemistry professor founded the Fatima Medical Science Foundation, Inc. He embarked on establishing the College of Nursing in 1973.
Several academic programs were offered and the need for a resource center of all learning materials or a library was realized. It was in the 1970’s when the first library was established, located at the ground floor of Medicine building. The library initially catered to the information needs of Chemistry, Midwifery, Veterinary Medicine students and eventually rendering library service to the pioneer batch of Medicine students in June 1979.
As the Our Lady of Fatima College continued its leadership in medical science and technology field in the 1980’s, more buildings were erected to accommodate the rapidly growing student population. Modernization of facilities took place and the library was transferred to the ground floor of the newly built College of Arts and Science (CAS) building, and eventually, finally finding its permanent home at the 5th floor of same building.
From the 1980’s through the 1990’s, Our Lady of Fatima College added several programs such as Physical Therapy, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Computer Studies, Maritime Education, and Criminology. Then, Fatima Medical Science Foundation, Inc. became the Our Lady of Fatima College in 1992.
With this development, it was also high time for the library to begin decentralizing to better serve the students with various information needs. Aside from the Main Library, five (5) additional unit libraries were established that comprised of Galleria, Graduate School, Maritime, Criminology and Tamaraw Library units.
In 1996, Our Lady of Fatima College opened a new campus in Hilltop Subdivision, Quezon City. Courses offered in the new campus were the same as in Valenzuela Campus. It was also in the same year that the seventh unit library was established - the Hilltop College Library.
With the institution’s continued effort to become a center of excellence in the Allied Medical Science field and other disciplines, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted the College a University status in December 2, 2002 by virtue of resolution no. 401, series of 2002.
In 2003, marked a significant time for the library when a team of qualified librarians spearheaded its development plan of transforming the traditional library into a modern library. In the same year, acquisition of library materials intensified. The initial collection of 25, 0000 volumes increased and continue to grow in number every year.
The library continues to become a catalyst of change as it laid good foundation in establishing records of library holdings, library process and procedures, and played an active role in accreditation.
In 2007, St. Jerome Library houses the HRM collections and several years after it accommodated the collection of Business and Maritime. SJB Library was established in 2003 as Nursing Annex (NA) Library and subsequently its collection was later transferred to Health Science Library.
In July 2011, SJB Library expansion was brought forth when it took over the three adjacent classrooms from the previous library. The library can now accommodate 300 seating capacity at a time for the growing enrollees of College of Hospitality and Institutional Management (CHIM) and College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) with new courses offered like the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Accounting Technology. Also the SJB Library holds collection of books for growing Maritime students.
Tamaraw (TAM) Library houses books on Computer Studies, Information Technology, and Physical Therapy. With the expansion made in other colleges, Psychology and Filipiniana Collection have been added to the collection.
In 2008, Antipolo library was opened when OLFU’s expansion continued onwards with another campus being established in Antipolo, the pilgrimage capital of the Philippines. This campus was established which now has expanded to four modern buildings built in its sprawling campus overlooking the metro manila skyline.
Library Integrated System Automation (LISA) was acquired in 2009 to make library transactions fast, efficient, and automated.
In 2009, Regalado Library was also renovated to have additional seating capacity from 80 to 150 at a time. Library holdings were only for Nursing collection and recently have added Physical Therapy collection.
In June 2010, the Criminology and Maritime Building was destroyed by fire, which resulted to the establishment of Galleria Library to house the Criminology collection. The previous Maritime collection located at the Galleria Library was subsequently transferred to St. Jerome Library.
In 2011, marked the renovations and major expansion of two unit libraries in Valenzuela. The Graduate School Library got its 3rd improvement in terms of size in April that year. It now took over nearly the whole 1st floor of the Saint Vincent Building. Seating capacity expands from 40 to 150 to accommodate increasing enrollment due to new course offerings at the Graduate Studies. The Library also offers its corner portion for Medicine students to have a place where they can read and study their lessons.
In 2012, The University acquired the East Central College (ECC), newest campus in Pampanga. In the same year, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) was opened to serve the preschool and secondary level in Valenzuela Campus.
Also in September 2012, Hilltop Library Extension at the 4th floor of San Jose Building in Quezon City Campus was opened and was named BSS Library. It holds the collection of: B- for Business, Accountancy, HRM, and Travel; S- for Social Science Group as Criminology, Education, and Psychology; S- for Special Collection like thesis and journals while the old Library at the 3rd floor is now called HGT Library that holds the collection of: H- represents for Health Science Collection; G- for the General Education collection including Filipiniana; T- for Technology for Computer Science and Information technology. This improvement has added 250 the seating capacity with information commons.
February 2013, OLFU Library in Pampanga Campus complied the RQUAT’s requirements by presenting required staff, resources and facilities. Its services opened to students in June 2013. It is envisioned to offer courses on health sciences, environmental science, education, etc.
The Main Library (ML) used to be the mother unit of all OLFU libraries, has undergone major renovation from being the medical library then health sciences and now added general education and business administration collection.
We are a premier hub for high quality, multi-format and multi- disciplinary informational resources for learning and research.
The OLFU Library supports the university’s mission to “improve man as man” through the provision of comprehensive informational resources through the utilization of technology in the delivery of library services.
GOALS and OBJECTIVES
The library commits the following to achieve its mission by:
Promoting understanding of the research, teaching and learning needs of the academic community by robust assistance to students and faculty within the library premised.
Providing access to quality resources in all formats as a tool to support research, teaching and learning with strong collaboration with the Dean, Faculty and students.
Creating good and conducive environment for study to its library clients.
Developing, encourage and sustain a committed and high- caliber staff.
Be at the forefront in the Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (CAMANAVA) area in offering quality educational resources in various formats to support the learning needs of the local community.
The OLFU Library is the central source of information throughout the academic community. It aims to support and satisfy the various educational and research requirements of the different colleges of the university through implementation of effective and efficient library systems, procedures and activities. The Library Department is directly under the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Library Core Values
The Library shall abide by the University values as Achiever and to attain excellence in supporting teaching and learning for our faculty and student, providing efficient access to scholarly information and providing a comfortable library environment.
LIBRARY CLIENTELE / READER’S CLASSIFICATION
Library clients are classified into the following categories:
1. Students - Students with valid OLFU ID and current registration card.
2. Faculty / Staff / Employee - Professors, Instructors, Staff of the OLFU and FUMC, administrators and other personnel staff that are currently working at the university with valid OLFU ID.
3. All Alumni of the OLFU that have a duly issued Alumni ID.
4. Outside users - students from other universities/schools with referral letter duly signed by the Librarian of the institution.
Accepting Outside Researchers
Note: Chief Librarian (CL) and Customer Services Librarian (CSL) reserves the right to refuse admission of outside researchers during the following occasions: (1) examination days; (2) high volume of users in the library; (3) no referral letter presented; (4) insufficient identification documents to establish identity of visitor; and other possible considerations deemed by CL and CSL that may arise.