by MONDREIN MIKOLEI LIZARTE, BIANCA YSABEL ABRENCILLO and KATHERINE CHAN
THE UST Miguel de Benavides Library will return to its pre-pandemic operating hours in the Academic Year (AY) 2023-2024 due to the increased demand for its services.
“The Central Library’s services will be available from Monday to Saturday until 6 p.m, and only the ground floor will be open until 8 p.m. as a dedicated study space for academic staffs and students,” UST chief librarian Maria Cecille Lobo told The Flame.
“The Office for Student Affairs will provide working scholars to the Library, which will assist in delivering effective and efficient services to the Thomasian community,” she added, referring to San Lorenzo Ruiz scholars.
At present, the library operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Other library branches, such as the Health Sciences Library and Senior High School Library, will accommodate Thomasians from Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Ecclesiastical Faculties Library will follow the same schedule but will have a one-hour noon break.
The education high school library will also start its operations at 8 a.m. and will end at 5 p.m. while the junior high school library will open at 7 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m.
The Architecture Commons and College of Information and Computing Sciences Commons, also known as the satellite libraries, will be open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The library will still follow the University and Health Services’ health and safety protocols and will require students and staff to present their accomplished Thomasian Online Medical Services and Support (ThOMedSS) health declaration form before allowing them entry. F