The Filipinas Heritage Library is a special library dedicated to books and other materials authored by Filipinos or about the Philippines, with a focus on Philippine history and culture.






Main Library Holdings

Over 10,000 Filipiniana volumes published from 1946 to the present, including books and audiovisual materials on literature, history, and the social sciences; coffee table books and manuals; anthologies and journals; and graphic novels.

Rare Materials

Antiquarian books from as early as 1609; maps from as early as 1872; manuscripts, serials, and rare publications dating back to the 17th century.

Roderick Hall Collection

Compiled by Roderick Hall in memory of his family members executed by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1945, the collection focuses on personal experiences, both civilian and military, in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation and the Second World War. Contains special collections such as the BGen. Francisco H. Licuanan, Jr. Collection of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), including digital records of Filipino soldiers and guerillas; the Manuel L. Quezon Family Collection; Gen. Fidel V. Segundo’s wartime diaries; guerrilla war papers from the Silliman University and Central Philippine University; and a linkage to the University of Santo Tomas Internment Camp letters and documents. Also includes Japanese and Chinese publications on the subject.

Presidential Papers

Personal and official documents, photographs, and other mementos of two prominent figures in Philippine history, President Elpidio R. Quirino (1948-1953) and President Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944).

Retrato Photo Archive

More than 35,000 images depicting Philippine life, culture, and history from the 15th century to the late 20th century, sourced from rare publications and/or taken in the field by the Ayala Museum research team in the 1970s.

Himig Collection

Over 5,000 digitized Filipino songs from the 1900s to the 1990s, including classical, light classical, popular, and indigenous selections. Boasts also of an array of album cover art.


Books on the life and works of the Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal


Books, articles, and documents on the Liberation of Manila, donated by the Memorare Manila 1945 Foundation, Inc.

Ortiz-Armengol Collection

The Filipiniana book collection of former Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Pedro Ortiz Armengol.

Museology Collection

Publications on the discipline of museum design, organization, and management, from the collection of Geraldine Araneta.

Migration Collection

Publications on the Filipino diaspora