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The Filipinas Heritage Library

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About the Library

The Filipinas Heritage Library, a division of the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), is a one-stop electronic research center on the Philippines. We provide access to the wealth of Filipino heritage through the latest in information technology and telecommunications.

The Library houses over 10,000 contemporary volumes on Philippine history, art, language, religion and the social sciences, and over 2,000 rare titles, rare books on microfiche, and an extensive library of slides and photographs.

It has also ventured into the digitization of its collection, CD-ROM publishing as well as the development of web pages and electronic databases.

Our History

The Filipinas Heritage Library began as part of the Ayala Museum. It began with a donation of materials from Ayala Corporation and the Zobel de Ayala family. The transfer of the collection to the Nielson Tower in 1996 marked the library’s commitment to become a knowledge network in the Philippines.

Our Mission

The Filipinas Heritage Library aims to serve as a catalyst for culture. Through our projects, activities, and services, we shall grow a community whose lives are constantly enriched and recharged by a greater awareness of the relevance of Filipino culture to who they are and what they do. We shall uphold the highest professional standards of quality service, continuous improvement, resource stewardship, and care for our staff.