The University Library System

The establishment of the University Library System (ULS) in 1980 has become one of the most significant achievements of the university's development programs. Since then, the ULS continuous to serve as vital resource in the university.

Guided by the "information access" and "multimedia" concepts, the ULS intends to deliver quality sevice to you in your use of the information needed in transforming abd improving your life. Thus, it is manned by professionally qualified and competent staff, maintains appropriate and extensive facilities as well as collects and organizes relevant information resources in various formats.

As of September 2014, the ULS has a total book collection of 42,241 titles and 66,988 volumes. Other library holdings include serials, theses/manuscripts, clipping/information files, brochures, pamphlets, art and museum materials, and audiovisual and electronic media materials (e.g., VCDs/DVDs, CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs, audiobooks, e-books, online databases, and Internet resources).

As a system, the libraries can share information and human resources as well as facilities with one another.


To be the information, research, learning, and multimedia center of the University.


The primary source of quality library materials and other information resources for instruction, research, extension, and production, including materials for the cultural and recreational needs of the University constituents.

Objectives and Functions

The ULS has the following objectives and functions:


  • To support the instructional, research, extension, and production programs as well as the cultural needs of the University.
  • To provide the right material to the right person at the right time and place with the least cost.


  • To provide relevant and updated information resources for the instructional, research, extension, and production programs as well as for the cultural and recreational needs of the University.
  • To allow maximum access to information through advanced information and communication technology.
  • To provide appropriate place and facilities for work and study.
  • To provide effective and efficient library services to the University community and its environs.


The Main Library

Inaugurated on January 6, 1983. The University Main Library is strategically located at the heart of the Main Campus. It has a total space of 6,025 sq m, and it houses extensive collections of undergraduate and graduate information resources in various formats such as books, serials, and other printed materials as well as audiovisual and electronic media materials.

The Main Library is also a repository of historic, ethnic, cultural, and art materials not only about the Ilocos and the Philippines in general, but also about other countries such as United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, People's Republic of China, and Taiwan.

The Branch/Unit Libraries

Despite the largeness of the Main Library, branch/unit libraries have also been established because the various colleges/units are geographically situated far from each other and have different types of population to cater to. The other branch/unit libraries are:

Batac Campus

  • College of Law Library
  • College of Medicine Library
  • College of Health Sciences Library
  • University High School Library

Currimao Campus

  • College of Aquatic Sciences and Applied Technology

Laoag Campus

  • College of Teacher Education/College of Industrial Technology/Graduate School Library
  • Laboratory High School Library
  • Laboratory Elementary School Library

Reading Centers

To supplement and to bring closer some of the services of the library to the users, reading centers are maintained in the following units/colleges in coordination with the University Library System:

  • Batac Campus

- College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development (CAFSD)

- College of Arts and Sciences

- College of Engineering

- College of Business, Economics and Accountancy

  • Paoay Campus

- College of Industrial Technology

  • Laoag Campus

- College of Industrial Technology

  • Dingras Campus

- College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development (CAFSD)

While the Main Library lends most of the reading materials and some facilities, the reading centers are plain reading extensions maintained and operated by the units where these are located.

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