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Cebu City: Rizal Memorial Library and Museum

Should one want to know about Cebu and its citizens’ academic contribution in any field, all he or she has to do is take a stroll along Osmeña Boulevard and pay a visit to the Rizal Memorial Library and Museum.

Organized and opened by Guillermo Restun in April 1919, the library is filled with books, journals and dissertation papers by students from the different universities within the city. It continues to serve its purpose of delivering timely information to everyone.

After the Second World War caused the library to shut down, the locals wanted to bring back the love of knowledge and thus, demanded the establishment to be reopened. Surely, it did in the year 1953.

Fast-forward to this year and another iconic move has been made.

What started out as a simple comment on the Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena’s Facebook post turned to be a stepping-stone that has changed our country’s history, as it is now the first public library to be open 24/7.

With no entrance fees and free Internet connection, the city library is now every student’s niche as they go on with their academic endeavor. This has solved every student’s dilemma of finding a place to study with no fear of overstaying inside cafés.

Moreover, coffee is allowed inside to give students and every other bookworm the complete package. You may also borrow books from the establishments to enjoy at home but just like any other library, it requires specific documents (usually a proof of citizenship from your barangay) and places a library fine.

Aside from the various materials found inside the area, the other parts of the building have also become venues for other educational purposes such as the local Ted Talks, movie screenings by local filmmakers and music recitals.

For more information and inquiries, you may call at (032) 253 1526 or you may check their official Facebook page when you click here.


Disclaimer: The photo used is taken from Lorens Gibb Lapinid’s Flicker account.

The author: Eldawn Catalan

Eldawn is an avid fan of both spoken and written poetry. In her spare time, she writes anything that comes to mind and enjoys talking to people from different walks of life. You may follow her on instagram @ eldaaawn.