Dr. Maychelle M. Nugas
Director of Libraries

The library also embraces the concept of knowledge management. With this, the resources will not only be acquired, organized, stored, and accessed but also disseminated and shared to the academic community, where collaborative education takes place, and where students, faculty, and staff can find the expert assistance of professionally trained librarians.

In the coming years, the library will be implementing the learning commons – it is a combination of library and computer into a full-service learning, research and project space. It will have a more user-focused and technology sophisticated services, designed to meet the contemporary information needs of the users.

Lastly, as we value client satisfaction we would like also to solicit information from our stakeholders in terms of issues and concerns to further improve our services. Feedbacks may be send to our office through our suggestion box or email us at

We would be glad to hear from you and assure confidentiality of your information as an active partner in the operation of the center.


Develop a quality research-based library collection in different media formats to support the curriculum, research, extension and production;

Market library information and knowledge resources, facilities and services;

Deliver innovative services and improved organizational learning, management, leadership, and people skills;

Establish linkage and partnership through research activities, donations, networking, and consortiums;

Provide conducive and convenient library spaces for learning.

Historical Backgound

The University of Southeastern Philippines is formerly the Davao Trade School which started from a modest beginning, as a secondary trade school on July 01, 1953.  The Library started with 112 book collection with a library fee of P10.00. The library imposed P 0.50 penalties for overdue reference and reserved books.  The first librarian was Ms. Apolonia Babael who served from 1953-1975.

The Republic Act No. 1950 converted the Davao Trade School to Davao School of Arts and Trades which was under the supervision of the Bureau of Public Schools approved on June 22, 1957 which stood on a six-and-a-half hectare site.  The library was located at the second floor of the Administration building (now the gymnasium).  Mrs. Martina Sumampong was hired from September 01, 1975 to September 01, 1993 managed this library.  From the period of July 11, 1954 to December 1977, the library acquired a total of 4, 627 volumes of books.

In December 15, 1978 by virtue of the Batas Pambansa Blg. 12 the Davao School of Arts and Trades was changed to University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) a state University in Region XI which invoked the following mandate: a) to provide programs of instructions and professional training primarily in the fields of science and technology, especially in medicine, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, engineering and industrial fields; b) to promote advanced studies, research and extension services, and progressive leadership in science, agriculture, economic development of Mindanao; c) to provide non-formal education and undertake vigorous extension and research programs in food production, nutrition, health and sports development, and d) to offer scholarship and/or part-time job opportunities to deserving students from low income families.

The USeP started as an integration of four state institutions namely: the Mindanao State University – Davao Branch, the University of the Philippines-Extension division in Davao, the Davao School of Arts and Trades, and the Davao National Regional Agricultural School.  Moreover, the University expanded and named as the external campuses: 1) the Davao City Proper campus in Obrero with an area of six and a half hectares: 2) the Mintal campus, Davao City with an area 0f 2.5 hectares; 3) the Tagum campus with an area of 80 hectares; 4) Mabini campus with an area of 120 hectares; and 5) the Bislig campus in Surigao del Sur, each campus has its own respective libraries. Also, the Graduate School started as the University of Philippines Extension division in Mindanao but was integrated as a component of USeP in 1978.

In 1980, the three-storey building of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) formerly the Science building was constructed needing bigger, spacious and safer place. The three classrooms at the third floor of the CAS building was converted to a library with a seating capacity of 60 persons.  The College Librarian II, Ms. Florence H. Guerra was then the head of the office from 1983 to 1986. She also initiated the provision of bigger space for students research needs.

With its new location, all library materials of the different colleges had been integrated and reorganized for easy access.  The library has a total of 7,715 volumes on August 1990.

With the University status, it was at that time the University of Southeastern Philippines  library started looking for librarian with  a full-pledged Master’s Degree in Library Science and in  1986  Ms. Urabana Lagunay – Tarona was hired to manage the University Library.

In 1990, Ms. Tarona left for Australia, which left the University library under the supervision of   Prof. Romulo L. Dequito who then became Office of Student Services (OSS) Director from 1993 to 1995.

From that time the University felt the need of hiring a professional librarian with Masters degree in Library Science. Mrs. Teresita O. Eco was then hired on July 1995.

At that time, Graduate School students enjoyed the privilege of borrowing books without paying any library fees due to the absence of the board resolution.  Until in 1996, the University library proposed  a P 100.00 library fee for the Graduate School students which was also approved with Board Resolution no. 2531 s. 1996  and was implemented  in the  School Year 1997-1998.

In 1995, the library collection started to grow when Senator Raul Roco donated one (1) million for acquisition of books and periodicals out from the Country Development Fund (CDF) as promised and eventually he was invited as guest speaker during the USEP 16th commencement exercise on March 1995.

The past librarians had contributed much in the improvement of the University library. The  physical set-up had improved; the services had been gradually converted into web or technology based services; and the acquisition of  library materials  increased through purchases, gifts and donations.

Presently, the University library had changed its name to Learning Resource Center (LRC). Information sources are also acquired in electronic format and the development of integrated library system is considered to provide easy and quality services to library users.  The LRC is embracing new avenues of communication to reach out library users and applies library trends to immediately respond to library user’s academic needs.  LRC’s journeys have gone a long way and the development could be visualize that the USeP LRC is at par from other academic libraries in the region.

The University Learning Resource Center (ULRC) is under the supervision of the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). It also coordinates with the activities related to administration; planning, quality assurance and resource management; and research, development, and extension. The Director of Libraries spearheads the University Learning Resource Center.

In Obrero Campus, the main library is divided into four, coordinating service sections: Virtual/ICT Services, Readers’ Services, Administrative Services, and Technical Services. The E-Lib system, online databases, virtual library, audio-visual, and website services are under the supervision of the Virtual/ICT Services. This section provides access to non-print, multimedia and electronic resources. The Readers’ Services offer reference services to assist in the research and informational needs of the clients. Circulation, archiving, general reference, special collection, Filipiniana, periodicals, reference, and theses/dissertations services are part of the readers’ services. Meanwhile, the Administrative Services section is responsible for ensuring that the entire main library’s operations are performed effectively and efficiently. It oversees quality assurance, communication, linkages and marketing, procurement, personnel, property custodian, supply, clients’ feedback, information desk, and baggage services. The Technical Services section performs the “behind the scenes” activities. These activities include cataloguing and organization, OPAC encoding, physical processing, donation/endowment processing and preservation and maintenance of the library collections.

There are also five unit learning resource centers (LRC) situated in each college in the Obrero Campus, namely: Science and Technology – LRC, CBA – LRC, CT – LRC, CED – LRC and the Law LRC. Furthermore, the external campuses in Tagum-Mabini and Mintal also have libraries each managed by full-time, licensed librarians. The CDM LRC in Mintal houses the Knowledge Development Center. In Tagum Campus, the library is divided into three units, namely: Mabini LRC, Tagum LRC, and the School of Medicine LRC. The Malabog Extension Campus, with its two course offerings in Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship, gives access to tertiary education to indigenous peoples in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.



Dr. Maychelle M. Nugas
Director of Libraries



Head, Virtual and ICT Services Unit
Ellen L. Delute , RL
Head, Reader’s Services Unit
April Mae B. Delola, RL
Head, Administrative Services Unit
Head, Technical & Acquisitions Services Unit


Ross Daniel A. Aducal
Computer Technician/ Virtual Library In-charge
Rodelyn S. Funtecha, RL
Circulation and Filipiniana Librarian
Janyl C. Bautista , RL
Administrative Librarian
William A. Mapa, RL
Assistant Technical Librarian
Lovely A. Orola, RL
Thesis/Dissertations & Periodicals Librarian
Loreann Mhei G. Sugabo, RL
Assistant Acquisition Librarian
Rubylyn E. Aguirre, RL
Reference & Information Services Librarian


Head, CT-LRC and STLRC
Kym C. Aguilar, RL
Law Librarian
Francis Andrian S. Sanico, RL, MSLIS
Resa Me J. Caluna, RL
CT-LRC Assistant Librarian
Mary Ann L. Tumolva
Library Clerk, STLRC
Athena B. Lumacang, RL
CED-LRC Assistant Librarian
Flordeliz M. Elarcosa
Library Clerk, CBA-RC


Campus Head Librarian
Tagum Unit Librarian
School of Medicine Librarian
Mabini Unit Librarian
Information/Technical/AVR In-charge
E-Library In-charge
Jean N, Baliva
Reader's Services - (Circulation & Periodical In-charge)
Reader's Services & Library Maintenance, Tagum & Mabini Unit - (Circulation & Periodical In-charge)


Ethel E. Igbalic, RL, MSLIS
Campus Head Librarian
Cherylyn C. Badong, RL
Library Staff
Richard John A. Isales
Library Staff
Carlo Rey G. Pasinabo, RL
Library Staff


Restituta D. Macarayo, RL, MSLIS
KDC Coordinator


Shena Mae M. Garcia, RL
Campus Librarian