History

 

   The Bulacan Agricultural State College Library started its operation and services upon the establishment of the school on June 6, 1952. It was a room located at the Administration Building. From its establishment, non-librarian personnel manned the library. In 1960, the library was transferred at the Vocational Agricultural Building with one English teacher acting as librarian and assisted with several student assistants.

 

   In August 1986, the College Library was placed under the administration and supervision of a qualified and experienced academic college librarian. Despite the lack of full time library staff, the librarian managed to revamp the library administration and practices, starting with the mechanical and technical processing of collection (which fortunately at the time was still small with no reference collection just small numbers of non-fiction books, outdated classical fiction books and textbooks for secondary education). The librarian began using the Dewey Decimal Classification System and Anglo American Cataloging Rules Part 2 (AACR2) for descriptive and subject cataloging of library books. For the first time a proper public card catalog with author, title subject and added entries were provided for library users. Based on the librarian’s proposal, the amount allocated for the purchase of library books and other reading materials was increased and periodical subscriptions were allowed, a development much appreciated by teaching and non-teaching staff of the college.

 

   When the library moved into its own building in 1989, it has already established proper library procedure and rendered three major services (mechanical and technical, circulation and reference of the reader’s service and auxiliary service-administration, selection and acquisition.)

 

   As per approved by BASC Board of Trustees, the extension of the library was constructed. This was intended for a bigger book stack area. By the end of 2008, the book stack area was organized into the following sections such as: Reference, Filipiniana, Reserve, General Circulation and Theses/Dissertations.

 

   On January 2009, the library began implementing the Open Shelf System where the faculty, students and guests have free access to the increasing collections of book.

 

   In August 2013, the construction of the two-storey library building was started and it took 3 years until the building was completed.

 

   In February 2016, the state of the library was inaugurated and blessed. They transferred to the new building last April 2016.

 

   Today, the library was formally relocated with functional facilities like Internet Section, Theses Section, Circulation and Reference Section and other services that will enhance research and support general education.

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