PH's first 24-hour public library to open in Cebu City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 7) — The country will soon have its first public library that will be open for 24 hours, and it will be in Cebu City.

It comes with no entrance fees, there's free WiFi access, and what's more, coffee will be allowed inside.

On Friday, the city government announced it will open the almost century-old Cebu City Public Library, initially from 8 a.m. until midnight for seven days a week. Presently, the library operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It will then run on a 24-hour operation as soon as the necessary upgrades are in place like the installation of CCTV cameras, WiFi routers, better air conditioners, and the hiring of additional staff and guards.

Mayor Tomas Osmeña made the move to open the library on a 24-hour basis, in response to a request posted on his Facebook page from a resident, a certain Mitch Roldan.

request of Mitch Roldan--from Mayor Osmeña FB.jpg  

In her message to the mayor, Roldan said students like her "need to study in a library setting." She even said students would be willing to pay a little amount for the services rather than spending at a burger chain for study sessions.

In response, Osmeña said: "I did not know how important this was to students until you brought it up. You made it happen. Thank you."

While the library is open to all, students are priority, he said.

The library will also soon open the Sinulog hall on the third floor of the building to accommodate more students.

The Rizal Memorial Library and Museum Building on Osmeña Boulevard is home to the city's public library for decades. It is commonly called the Rizal Public Library.

The library first opened in April 13, 1919 as a branch of the Philippine Library and Museum, now the National Library of the Philippines.

It is managed by its chief librarian Rosario Chua.