Thursday, August 23, 2007

My UP Baguio Library Sanctuary

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I used to cloister myself inside the library. During our time, there used to be study areas – desks and chairs - in between the shelves of books in the Circulation Section. My favorite was that rarely visited spot amidst the books with calls numbers starting from P to Q – the literature section. There
I used to spend time in between and after classes. Never can I be seen hanging out in the canteen, in the numerous tambayans, or in any other place but the library.

I can still remember how excited I was the first time I browsed through the circulation books in my freshman year. I found a tattered, maroon colored, hardbound copy of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. Oh wow, I said to myself. It’s slight musty smell and flakey feel was intoxicating. Intending to borrow it, I carefully removed the book card from the back cover. What I saw made me smile. The last time the book was borrowed was way back in December 1972!

The silence, interrupted only by the clacking sound of the rolling wheels of the books carts being pushed by the manongs, has always comforted me. Surrounded by books and away from the noisy banter of my classmates, I felt at peace.


Anonymous said...

I remember that UP library. It used to be cold too. I was shy in college, and the library was a great place to just be myself and sometimes nap.

Marts said...

I didn't attend UP Baguio, but at Diliman, I used the library as a sanctuary because there was not a place at school where I can hang out and belong. After school, I hung out at book stores and public libraries here in Japan as I did not have friends. And bookstores in Japan does not forbid the visitors to read them inside. I was happy to find PowerBooks in Manila a few years later and until now, books are my sanctuary.

I'd rather be around books than with uncomfortable company.

Angeli said...

haze, do you remember when we used to devour all those pocketbooks in high school? haha.. once a bookwork, always a bookwork, huh? :)

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