By Jose Santino Bunachita
PIO Reporter

CEBU CITY (Sept. 22, 2022) The Cebu City Public Library launched today its new automated system of book archiving and borrowing.

The system integrates radio-frequency identification (RFID), which helps in monitoring all books online and prevent books to be taken out of the library without going through proper procedures, among others.

Rosario Chua. (PIO/Ruel Rosello)

Chief Librarian Rosario Chua said the P3.2-million system is part of their efforts to be in line with Mayor Mike Rama’s vision towards a Singapore-like and Smart Cebu City.

“We are transforming our library. When you talk about public library innovation and style, Singapore was the first to use RFID in their books. Now, we are the first library to adopt automation with a security system,” she said during the launching ceremony this morning.

Chua said the automation system allows them to shift from a manual system to a computer-based system for accessing books and organizing information in relation to library management.

We are transforming our library. When you talk about public library innovation and style, Singapore was the first to use RFID in their books. Now, we are the first library to adopt automation with a security system.

Rosario Chua, Chief Librarian

With this, she said, storage access and retrieval of information will be more efficient. Their card catalogs will be replaced by an Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).

So far, Chua said, they already catalogued around 3,500 books, with the help of the City’s Management Information and Computer Services office.

One important feature of the new system is that inventory of books can also be done weekly instead of annually.

Mayor Mike Rama wants to build an entirely new building to serve as a bigger public library of the city. He was inspired to do this following his visit in Canada last month, when he observed that all City Halls have public, airconditioned libraries nearby. (PIO/Ruel Rosello)

A scanner is also set up in the entrance. When a person is bringing with him a book that is not authorized to be brought out, an alarm would go off.

Mayor Mike Rama, who led the launching and ribbon cutting ceremony, said he is happy to see that the Cebu City Public Library is clean, well-lit, and full of students and young professionals.

During this morning’s activity, several students were inside the library studying, reviewing, and doing their homework and projects.

“My dream of a library is a library that is huge. A library that is so sophisticated, seamless,” the mayor said.

A staff from the City Library shows how the new modern system work to Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin N. Garcia during the launching of the new automated system of book archiving and borrowing. (PIO/Ruel Rosello)

He said he wants to pursue his earlier plans to construct a whole new building to serve as the city’s public library.

Mayor Rama said he wants the city’s public library to be “computerized, interconnected, and globally competitive,” especially after seeing how other countries like Canada have huge libraries.

He recalled that he also used to frequently go to the Cebu City Public Library when he was still studying, which was why the library is close to his heart.

The Cebu City Public Library is currently open to visitors every Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. #