The Benguet Provincial Library as a repository of knowledge serves the public’s information needs, generally not only through books but also with the use of modern information “Information Communication Technology”.
The library extends other services such as trains library staff and municipal / barangay librarian – designates, students who are On the Job Training, does storytelling and film showing to all library customers especially during National Book Week Celebration.
The Benguet Provincial Library started serving the general public from near and far flung areas on August 1, 1967 after the creation of Benguet as a separate province by virtue of Republic Act. No. 4695.
It was temporarily housed in a room at the Mountain State Agricultural College, now the Benguet State University, where the Philippine Bank and the Department of Science and Technology Office was formerly located.
In April 1973 when the three –storey capitol building was completed, Governor Ben Palispis allocated a room adjacent to the office of the Governor for the Library. Sometime in 1986 up to the present, it was finally transferred to a separate building adjacent to the main capitol building and which was formerly occupied by the Provincial Engineering Office.
From 1969 to 1979 the library staffs were Mrs. Hurlina B. Evangelista, provincial librarian; Ms. Concepcion Minong, Clerk Librarian; Mrs. Virginia K. Montano, Janitor – messenger, and Mrs. Mary F. Bansen, Library – Helper. Ms. Hurlina B. Evangelista was the Provincial Librarian; Ms. Virginia Montano was promoted as the Clerk Librarian and Ms. Mary F. Bansen as the Janitor Messenger until 1984 and 1983, respectively. In 1980 to 1982, Ms Loly Keith Moises was the Senior Librarian, as the Provincial Librarian from 1983 to 1989 and as Librarian III in 1990 until her retirement on March, 2002. The Provincial Librarian position was changed to Librarian III in pursuant to Republic Act 6758 – an act prescribing a revised compensation and position classification system in the government and for the other or known as the “Compensation & Position Classification Act of 1990”.
In 1984, Ms. Mary F. Bansen was promoted Senior Librarian, Librarian position was vacant, and clerk was Ms. Elizabeth l. Zambrano and Ms. Minda W. Bansen as the Utility Worker until 1988. The Librarian position was filled by Ms. Marciana S. Luma-ang in 1985 to 1987 and was promoted as the Senior Librarian in 1988 and due to her transfer to the Provincial Population Office; Ms Zenia Biang Daculog replaced her from 1989 to 2002. Ms Nena B. Candiao took the position of Librarian until 1989 due to her transfer. Ms. Donatela R. Molintas was the Clerk then promoted as Librarian I in 1990 up – to her retirement in 2001. Mr. Larry C. Ingosan was the Utility Worker in 1989. In 1990, Ms Jennette Marie G. Bangao took the Clerk position up – to 1995 due to her promotion and Ms. Leonida A. Aguinas as the Utility Worker until to – date.
From 1996 – 1997, Ms. Jennifer C. Fianza was the Clerk which was replaced by Ms. Arlene T. Virgino in 1998 then by James A. Joven in 1999 and due to his promotion to the PGO – Administration, Clerk II position was vacant from 2000 to 2001 and from 2002 to 2003, Librarian I position was also vacant. Clerk II position was filled up by Ms. Martha G. Pig-ang in 2002 to December15, 2009 she was promoted at as Administrative Aide IV at the Provincial General Services Office. Mr. Dexter V, Marcelo assumed the position of Administrative Aide IV to date Ms. Zenia Aycud Biang was promoted as Librarian III up – to the present, Ms Fely B. Badival assumed the position as Librarian I in 2002 and took the position as Librarian II in 2003 until May 16, 2008 due to her transfer to the Department of Education, Ms. Leticia I. Bautista assumed Librarian I in 2004 and promoted as Librarian II since August 1, 2008 up – to present. Ms. Mariline B. Sawey assumed Librarian I on December 3, 2008 to date.
The Library book holdings increases yearly with an average of 35% as reflected in our annual inventory.
It started with scratch, in 1976 it has a total of 3,826 volumes of books covering various subjects and presently, out of 9,530 volumes of books, 1,458 were loaned from the National Library, the province purchased 1,476 and the remaining 6,393 were donated by different agencies such as the National Library – Manila, Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center, Asia Foundation, Clark Air Base, Baguio Colleges Foundation/University of the Cordilleras, University of Baguio, University of the Philippines – Baguio City, Philippine Military Academy – Baguio City, DENR – CAR, Commission On Filipino Overseas, Manila, Japan Information & Cultural Center- Pasay City, Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary – Baguio City and other information agencies and individuals. They are Dr. Emma B. Keith – Marcos Highway, Baguio City, Mrs. Ella S. Lugay – Itogon, Benguet, Exec. Dir. Jose L. Molano, Jr. – Commission on Filipino Overseas, Manila, Baguio City Library, Hon. Raymundo W. Celino – Municipal Mayor, Bokod, Benguet, Ms. Florence Kittong Chaokas – Bontoc, Mountain Province, Hiroshi Kuwahara – Japan, Ret. Brigadier gen. Pedro Baban – La Trinidad, Benguet, Mr. Simplicio Bucawit – La Trinidad, Benguet, Ms. Anne Dulatre, Mr. Vicente Guerrero, Asia Pacific Theological Seminary(APTS), Board Member John B. Kim – La Trinidad, Mrs. Erma B. Libayan - La Trinidad, Benguet, Mr. Ryan C. Guinaran – La Trinidad, Benguet, Mr. Jaime A. Galasgas – La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippine Public Librarians League (PPLL), Inc., Benguet 13 East Cost Association, Ins. – Maryland, Virginia; Darien Book Aid Plan Inc. – Connecticut, USA, etc.
We maintained five (5) paid subscriptions of newspapers, and twenty – three (22) paid subscription of magazines, plus five (4) donations.
It shows on the listings that the Benguet Provincial Library is well supported by Civic – minded people and Foreign and Local Organization.
The Library has seven (7) sets of computers used in the internet while one (1) set is being used for the on line Public Access Catalog (OPAC). Previously, we started internet services in 2004 with only one (1) unit computer connected then gradually it became two (2) units and on December 2008, the HEDCOR turned over five (5) units of computer for internet purposes which is now available.
All books are arranged systematically according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. The Library is open to the General public from Mondays to Fridays at 8: 00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.