The Library is responsible for providing necessary assistance in effectively using an adequate, organized and well-selected collection of varied forms of materials supporting the programs of the Colegio, Specifically, the Department aims to:

  1. Provide access to sources of information, which are vital to the learning process.
  2. Increase the quantity and improve the quality of library holdings.
  3. Provide a more efficient and effective services to the clientele.
  4. Encourage the library staff to attend seminars, workshops/training programs and in-house seminars to keep abreast of the recent trends in librarianship.
  5. Aid the parent institution in carrying out its objectives by contributing to its realization and supports the total program by acquiring and making available the books, materials, and services which are needed.

The Letran Library subscribes to the Dominican philosophy of education and adheres to the Book Selection Policy as contained in the Letran Library Collection Development Policy Statement. The library is keenly aware of the necessity of careful evaluation and selection of materials. It believes that ideas, intelligently presented, are powerful forces for good. It seeks materials which are accurate, objective, sincere and diligently avoids those which are consciously sensational. In fulfilling its responsibility, the library strives to include:

  1. source materials which document the past ( historical);
  2. thoughtful interpretation of the ideas of the past (historical analysis);
  3. a record of the times which is of current interest and provides material of future historical significance;
  4. personal accounts & papers, memoirs or other writings of personal opinion on a subject of interest and counter-balancing and contrary opinions available.
  5. Contemporary and standard works for recreation and leisure.
  6. Selection and acquisition of books is based on four controlling factors, namely: the community, the individual merit of the book, the library and common sense.

The Colegio de San Juan de Letran Library supports the Colegio’s Academic Community towards the Integral Formation of the Human Persons by selecting and acquiring; cataloging and classifying, retrieving and disseminating information, keeping in mind the Dominican Preaching through Education in the noble tradition of DEUS, PATRIA, LETRAN.

The Colegio de San Juan de Letran Library envisions to be one of the leading information centers capable of providing fast access to sources of information, and is fully automated, with systems linked to other libraries locally and internationally under the able and willing support of the management.

Services and Facilities

Reference and Information Services
Assistance provided through multiple platforms to help library users find and access the information resources.

Circulation Services
Ensure optimal access to library collections by adopting an open-shelf system for onsite users and provide continuous access to electronic resources, such as online databases, eBooks, e-journals and other eLearning materials and resources to allow users to undertake research and other academic related activities.

User Instruction Services
Specialized and in-depth assistance to faculty and students on the use of library resources in variety of ways such as hands-on active learning, orientations, e-resources tutorials, pathfinders, and web-based instruction.

Virtual Reference Assistance
An online reference assistance that serves library users’ queries using online tools to communicate, access, and deliver information.

Distance Learning Programs
Remote electronic access to collections and through electronic transmission or courier delivery of library materials to remote library users.
To support remote learning and online research study, the library provides remote access portal or service to access subscription-based electronic resources off campus.

Information Technology Infrastructure Services
Access to electronic resources and web services in both physical and virtual environments. This includes WIFI connectivity, internet connection, computer network and workstations for access to online and digital resources needed for research and study.

Library’s Official Website and Facebook Page
Serve as communication tools to facilitate online transactions and access to Online Catalog for searching of library materials including Research Guides and Open Educational Resources.
These Online Platforms also serve as a venue for the Current Awareness Service of the library where announcements, policies, procedures, facilities, and all related services can be found.

Research Guides
Research Guides are librarian-curated pathways to information, videos, article databases, library catalog links, citation help and other resources of a particular topic or discipline.
Research guides (also known as subject guides, course guides, or pathfinders) are organized collection of resources that provide targeted information on a particular subject to support student or faculty research in that area.

This allows patrons to search for materials cataloged in the library collections over the Internet. It provides researchers easy access through its friendly interface. With the library’s Web OPAC, patrons may view information about their fine balances, items on loan and items on reserve. Everyone has the convenience of being able to search the library collections remotely.

Automated Statistical Machine
This is located at the entrance door of each library section. Students are requested to swipe their IDs to the machine for statistics purposes.

Workstations for Online Journals and Computer Databases
Each section of the library has computer units intended for online journals, newspapers in DVD format and for other online databases.

Online Newspapers and Magazines

Academic Journals

Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics is a bimonthly publication of the International Press, publishing papers on all areas in which theoretical physics and mathematics interact with each other.

AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture)
It is an initiative to provide free access to 474 journals from major scientific publishers in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences.

Starbooks Online
Science and Technology Academic and Reasearch-Based Openly Operated KioskS


Bioline InternationalBioline International
A not-for-profit electronic publishing service committed to providing access to quality research journals published in developing countries. Publishes in the following areas: health (tropical medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology, emerging new diseases), biodiversity, the environment, conservation and international development. Features 30 peer-reviewed journals from Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe. Many journals are available free of charge.

BioMed Central
All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. Approximately 130 titles are available full text. Subject areas include biology and biomedicine.

Philippine Journal of Science
an open-access, single-blind peer-reviewed journal on natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and social sciences.


Is a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. CiteSeer indexes the full-text of the entire articles and citations. Full boolean, phrase and proximity search is supported.

D-Lib Magazine
D-Lib Magazine is a solely electronic publication with a primary focus on digital library research and development, including but not limited to new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.

DOAJ: The Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ: The Directory of Open Access Journals is a database of the University of Lund (Sweden) which provides access to quality controlled scientific Open Access Journals covering several subject areas. Open access journals use a funding model that does not charge the readers. Approximately 1,670 titles are available in full text. Currently 414 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 76,402 articles are included in the DOAJ service.

EdResearch Online
EdResearch Online is produced by ACER Cunningham Library. 70% of the documents are linked to freely available full text documents.

Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL)
Led by Open Society Institute/Soros foundcation network. It provides links to different full-text journals in the Internet.


Find Articles is a vast archive of published articles that you can search for free. Constantly updated, it contains articles dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Hartford Institute for Religion Research
Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a thirty-four year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith.

HighWire Press, Internet Imprint of the Standford University Libraries
Over 15 million articles from over 4,500 PubMed journals, including 939,111 free full text articles and from 868 HighWire-hosted journals. Covering several subject areas.


HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative)
It provides free or very low cost online access to 2300 major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, non-profit and academic institutions in the health sector in 113 developing countries.


ISSN Portal: International Standard Serial Number

Journals for Free

Journal of Philippine Librarianship
Journal of Philippine Librarianship (JPL) is an annual publication of the School of Library and Information Studies of the University of the Philippines (UPSLIS). It covers all aspects of library, archival and information studies in the Philippines.

JSTOR.Org is used by millions for research, teaching, and learning. With more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world's most trusted sources for academic content.

Labordoc, the ILO Library's database, contains references and full text access to the world's literature on the world of work. It covers all aspects of work and sustainable livelihoods and the work-related aspects of economic and social development, human rights and technological change. It includes books, articles, reports, and journals available at the ILO Library in Geneva and several ILO libraries around the world.

Molecular Diversity Preservation International / Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Social Science Online Periodicals file on Internet provides access to the full text articles from over 200 scientific periodicals in the social sciences. It is permanently being updated and includes: a subject table, a title index and a section overview.


Nutrition Journal
Nutrition Journal considers manuscripts within the field of human nutrition. Animal studies are not published. The journal aims to encourage scientists and physicians of all fields to publish results that challenge current models, tenets or dogmas.

The journal invites scientists and physicians to submit work that illustrates how commonly used methods and techniques are unsuitable for studying a particular phenomenon. Nutrition Journal strongly promotes and invites the publication of clinical trials that fall short of demonstrating an improvement over current treatments. The aim of the journal is to provide scientists and physicians with responsible and balanced information in order to improve experimental designs and clinical decisions.

OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records that represent open access resources. This catalog was built through harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 50 million records that represent digital resources from more than 2,000 contributors.


PLoS Biology
PLoS Biology is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a non-profit organization committed to making scientific and medical literature a public resource.

PLoS Genetics
PLoS Genetics reflects the full breadth and interdisciplinary nature of genetics and genomics research by publishing outstanding original contributions in all areas of biology.

PLoS Pathogens
PLoS Pathogens is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published monthly by the Public Library of Science (PLoS). Subjects include bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions and viruses cause a plethora of diseases that have important medical, agricultural, and economic consequences.

OPEN ACCESS e-BOOKS (Also available Off-Campus)

Project Euclid
Cornell University Library is proud to launch Project Euclid, an initiative to advance effective and affordable scholarly communication in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics.

PubChem is a freely accessible database created by NIH in 2004 to provide information about small organic molecules. It is designed for use as a research tool and as a starting point that may lead to the development of new medications. The database connects chemical information with biomedical research and clinical information, organizing facts in numerous databases into a unified whole.

PubMed Central
PubMed Central is a digital archive of life sciences journal literature. PMC currently provides free and unrestricted access to the full text of 104 life sciences journals, with more to come.


Social Science Online Periodicals
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 30,900 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 15,000 downloadable full text documents.

Taylor & Francis Online

Treasures of the Internet
Treasures of the Internet provides links to primary databases, photo galleries, as well as stable archives and directories available in the internet. It has search feature and an index for quick access to various databases.

OPEN ACCESS e-BOOKS (Also available Off-Campus)

Digital Book Index
.Digital Book Index provides links to more than 105,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. About 66,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost.

MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Subjects include arts, business, education, mathematics, statistics, social science, science and technology.

Online Books Page
Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet listing over 20,000 free books on the Web.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.

BCcampus OpenEd

DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books

Message from the Chief Librarian
Asst. Prof. Carolyn R. De Jesus

I am very pleased to welcome you to our home on the Internet. Whether you are seeking specific information or simply want to learn more about our school, you will find our website to be an exciting gateway to all things about LETRAN. LETRAN’s leadership in teaching, research, and community service makes it a beacon of excellence in higher education. Our students, faculty, and staff come together in a true community of scholars to advance knowledge, address societal challenges and pursue intellectual and personal fulfillment.

I encourage you to peruse our website and to visit it often. It will take you on a fascinating online journey through the vibrant and diverse school community that is LETRAN—"A school of Tradition and Excellence."

Contact Information

St. Thomas Building
Colegio de San Juan de Letran
151 Muralla St., Intramuros,
Manila, 1002

P.O. Box 146 Manila, Philippines
Trunkline: 8527-7693 to 97 local 361
To contact the chief librarian, email library@letran.edu.ph

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