The Filipinas Heritage Library finds a new home at Ayala Museum

]The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), an important part of Ayala Foundation Inc.'s arts and culture division, reopened on March 19 at its new location on the sixth floor of the Ayala Museum.

The new FHL is equipped with enhanced services and facilities as it strides to the future as “the contemporary space for the contemporary researcher.”

FHL’s latest endeavor, in partnership with Trade Channels, is the Filipiniana Online project, which aims to digitize the library’s collection of over 2,000 rare books and make them accessible on the Internet in Flipbook form.

FHL3lowresThe new FHL aims to be "a contemporary space for the contemporary researcher."

FHL has also updated its Himig Collection of vinyl records and music sheets, converting pieces such as Maria Carpena’s “Ang Maya” (1913) and the first recording of “Lupang Hinirang” by Jose Mossesgeld Santiago (1983-1959) to digital formats for listening at the library’s audio station.

FHL1lowresThe Himig Collection has over 5,000 pieces of original Filipino music.


Moreover, through its numerous LibraryLink initiatives in the past, FHL has set up an online search engine that provides access to more than 357,000 Filipiniana database records from over a hundred partner libraries nationwide.

Also migrating to the new facility is FHL’s body of rich and one-of-a-kind collections, including the Retrato Collection composed of over 35,000 images on Philippine culture from the 15th century to the early 21st century, World War II documents and books from the Roderick Hall collection, and the Elpidio Quirino papers.

FHL2lowresResearchers can access both print and digital Filipiniana materials.

The facility is primarily designed to be conducive to in-depth research work. Guests are encouraged to make reservations before coming over to ensure comfort and the availability of requested materials.

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 757-7117 to 21 local 36. See you at the new Filipinas Heritage Library

Article by Jei Ente of Ayala Museum, Ayala Foundation