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The National Library of the Philippines is offering a guided library tour to provide educational visits and promote NLP’s collections and services facilitated by the Research and Publications Division (RPD). The Guided Library Tour is another way of NLP to showcase and promote awareness of its collections being the “repository of the printed and recorded cultural heritage of the country and other intellectual, literary and information sources,” and contribute to the intellectual, social, and cultural progress of Filipino society. In order to provide a safe and productive tour, NLP encourages all its library visitors to adhere to the following guidelines:

How to book a guided library tour

    1. Submit a guided tour request to the Research and Publications Division 3-5 days before the requested date of visit via this link or scan the QR code:
    2. After accomplishing the Google form, attach a letter of request addressed to the Director of the National Library of the Philippines:

      Director IV
      National Library of the Philippines
      T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila

  1. The RPD will check the availability of the requested date of the tour and review the details of your request.
  2. Once approved, the RPD will send an email regarding the Approval/Disapproval of your request.
  3. All tours will be scheduled only during the regular hours of operation of the library: Mondays to Fridays (except holidays) 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
General Guidelines and Policy
A. Pre-tour activity
  1. All visitors are encouraged to come on time according to the requested schedule of visit.
  2. Library ID is not a requirement for the tour, but you can apply for a temporary ID if you wish to experience the book lending process.
  3. Kindly notify the staff who will facilitate the tour if a member ofthe group has medical concerns or disability, so we can give the necessary attention.
  4. All visitors will be asked to register upon their arrival at the NLP lobby. As part of the health protocols, visitors will be asked for a temperature check and wearing a mask is highly encouraged in the whole duration of the tour.
  5. In case of cancellation of the tour, the requester must notify the NLP at least a day before their tour or earlier .The tour will not be rescheduled; the requester will be asked to submit a new request should the requester wishes to pursue the applicationrequest. If the cancellation is due to weather conditions, the tour may be rescheduled.
B. During the tour
  1. All visitors are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the library. Non-compliance to the rules and regulations will cause the cancellation of the tour.
  2. Library visits will be appropriately supervised by the designated staff from the RPD.
  3. Tours will only be allowed in the designated areas that are open to the public.
  4. Visitors may only use the service elevator dedicated to them. In case of its unavailability, visitors shall use the stairs on the right side of the elevators.
  5. Taking photos and video inside the Reading Rooms will not be allowed to avoid disruptions of its services.
  6. In some cases, taking photos of the certain collections will also not be allowed, unless approved by the authorized personnel.
  7. Group photos will be allowed at the lobby, outside the building, and at the receiving area.
  8. The NLP staff will not be held responsible for the loss or damage of the personal belongings of the visitors.
  9. Library visitors are expected to maintain proper behavior during the tour to maintain orderliness to avoid disruption of the activities of staff and library users.
  10. Bringing of the following items during the tour is prohibited: a. food or beverages b. weapons c. hazardous materials d. pets (unless it is a service dog that accompanies a visitor with disability)
  11. In case of an untoward incident or unexpected event, the library staff and visitors shall follow the necessary actions according to the enhanced Risk Management Guidelines and Public Service Continuity Plan of NLP.
    C. Post-tour activity
    1. After the tour, library visitors will be asked to accomplish a customer feedback form (
    2. For the purpose of promoting NLP tour services, selected photos of the tour will be posted with the permission and consent of the visitors
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