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Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

rareThe Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP)was created through Department Order No.3, series 1967 to collect and preserve Filipiniana collections that include : original manuscripts, early printed books, exceptional collections, artworks, and  other  publications of historical importance. 

In 2007, the Presidents' Room was created as a sub-section of RBMS to maintain, preserve and serve to public presidential manuscripts and other publications on Philippine presidents from President Aguinaldo to President Aquino. Subsequently, in 2010, the Conservation Room was created as another sub-section of RBMS to serve as venue for all conservation or restoration activities in the National Library of the Philippines.

RAREBOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS COLLECTION are determined based on the following definitions :

1. All books about the Philippines printed before 1945;

2. All books printed in the Philippines prior to 1945;

3. All books belonging to the Tabacalera Collection;

4. Notable specimens of bookmaking, illustrations, and binding;

5. All early and rare Philippine manuscripts including the original manuscripts of Dr. Jose Rizal;

6. All out-of-print Filipiniana books of great historical value.  




Established in 2007, the Philippine Presidents’ Room serves as the first library in the country that maintains published and unpublished collections on Philippine presidency from Emilio Aguinaldo to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Envisioned  to be one of the country’s unique historical resources, the Philippine Presidents' Room offers a view of the personal ways, childhood, families, visions and philosophies, and political career of each Philippine president as evident in the library’s collection of photographs, books, manuscripts, personal papers and records, and digital resources. Worthy to mention are the outstanding and priceless collection of manuscripts and personal accounts of Presidents Manuel L. Quezon, Sergio S. Osmena and Carlos P. Garcia and large book collection on President Ferdinand E. Marcos.


The Conservation Center is primarily responsible in fulfilling the mandate of NLP  to conserve and preserve all Filipiniana materials in the country. Constructed in August 2010, the Center aims to develop the existing conditions of storage and resources in NLP for the posterity and preservation of the country’s written and printed cultural heritage. On April 27 to May 13, 2011, the Conservation Room was officially utilized  by professional conservators from Germany during the implementation of the restoration of the original manuscripts of "Noli Me Tangere", "El Filibusterismo", "Guillermo Tell" and "Ultimo Adios" by Dr. Jose Rizal. The restoration project was done through  the partnership of the National Library of the Philippines and the German Embassy, Manila, Federal Republic of Germany.  


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