General reference books

Books such as encyclopedias, manuals, directories, etc. are referred to as general reference books. They are placed on open shelves but are for room use only.

Theses and dissertations

Theses and dissertations are placed on closed shelves, are for room use only and cannot be photocopied (in compliance with IPR). Abstract is available upon request.


Journals, magazines, and newspapers are referred to as periodicals. These materials are for room use only, but can be borrowed for photocopying. There are ten (10) titles of periodicals in the library.

Circulation books

The circulation books contains open shelves so the users can go to the shelves and look for the books they want to use. The books on the shelves are arranged by call numbers (based on LCCS). Number of books allow to be borrowed depends on the type of patrons. Books not returned within the due date are fined PhP2.00 per day.


For remote access to web-based journals and other resources, the university subscribes to the following electronic databases: 


  • EBSCO Academic Search Complete 


EBSCO Academic Search Complete provides academic institutions with a multidisciplinary database of full-text, peer-reviewed periodicals, journals, books, reports, etc. This database is a noted for supporting scholarly research in different areas of study. (From

2) Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) 

Gale partners with libraries across the globe to promote the discovery of knowledge “by all people, for all purposes.” GVRL is developed from the philosophy that “access to knowledge offers learners an opportunity to discover the motivation and inspiration vital to making a positive contribution in not only their own lives, but the rest of the world.” Thus, Gale provides libraries such as that of the UP system with original and curated content, and research tools that enables libraries to connect with learners. (From

3) Proquest 

ProQuest’s advanced information technologies and content are dedicated to increase the productivity of students, professionals, researchers, as well as the libraries they use. ProQuest partners with content holders, to preserve vast information – including historical archives and the newest scientific breakthroughs – and delivers it using digital technologies that improve discoverability, sharing and management. (From

4) ScienceDirect 

ScienceDirect provides access to resources for technical, scientific, and medical research. It mainly serves as a platform for peer-reviewed articles, journals, and books. ScienceDirect mainly caters to university libraries and research institutions. (From

5) Scopus

Scopus hosts the largest abstract and citation collection of peer-reviewed scientific literature. It aims to provide a complete overview of the world’s research production in the fields of science, medicine, technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences. (From

6) Emerald eJournal

Emerald providing trusted peer-reviewed, international content for researchers, students and professionals. It combines research rigor with practical relevance as seen in its eJournal Collections, which focuses on featuring new and thought-provoking works from leading authors in various fields. (From

7) eBooks

As part of the University of the Philippines system, UPOU students and staff enjoy access to various eBook collections to which the UP System Library is subscribed. 

8) Plagiarism Checker (Turnitin)

The library subscribed to plagiarism checker. Turnitin ensure the quality of the submitted requirements of the students specifically the thesis and dissertation and assignments; and also ensure the quality of the research submitted by UPOU faculty members and staff and those articles submitted in the publications.