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Library Standards for

Philippine Libraries





Note: This list includes documents entitled “standards” and “guidelines” as well as other documents of a similar nature entitled “statements,” “rules,” "policies", and “criteria.”

For academic libraries; school libraries; public libraries; other international standards

For all libraries and librarians:

Philippine Regulation Commission

For Academic Libraries


Commission on Higher Education (CHED)


PAARL Library Standards 2000

Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU)
PAASCU Library Survey Form.doc

Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA)

For School Libraries


2010 Revised Manual of Regulations for Private Schools in Basic Education (download pdf here; view pages 83-85 for Library requirements)

DepEd DO. No. 56 series 2011 Standards for Philippine Libraries: School Library Media Centers (also available here in pdf)

DECS Policies and Programs for School Library Development (DECS Order No. 6 S 1998).pdf

DECS Guidelines on the Implementation of School Library Policies and Programs ( for facilities, for furniture and equipment, librarian and support staff, for duties and responsibilities, library program, services and collections, and for additional collections and sources of funds)

DECS Guidelines on Supplementary Materials intended for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (DECS image 6, DECS image 7and DECS image 8)

IFLA/UNESCO School Library Guidelines 2002 (formulated to help schools and school librarians to implement the principles expressed in the manifesto)

IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto (defines the mission and goals of the school library or resource center and the profile of its staff)

Manual of Policies and Regulations for Philippine Schools Overseas (view page 27, Article VIII on School Facilities to read standards for school libraries)

School Library Standards and Evaluation

Standards of Professional Excellence for Teacher Librarians

For Public Libraries

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) The Public library service: IFLA/UNESCO guidelines for development (Munchen, K.G. Saur, 2001)

Kentucky Public Library Standards

Standards for Illinois Public Libraries

Public Library Standards

Wisconsin Public Library Standards

Other International Standards


American Library Association

Bibliography of Standards and Selected References Related to Preservation in Libraries

Digital Library Federation (DLF) Digital Library Standards and Practices

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Guidelines for Professional Library/Information Educational Programs - 2000 (a revision, dated 11 July 2002, of the "Standards for Library Schools" published by IFLA in 1976 for the Section on Education and Training)

IFLA Guidelines for Digitization Projects (for collections and holdings in the public domain, particularly those held by libraries
and archives)

IFLA Position on Copyright in the Digital Environment

IFLA/UNESCO INTERNET Manifesto Guidelines (aimed at libraries and librarians that provide public access to the Internet and intended primarily for public libraries, but the guidelines will also be useful to school, academic and special libraries in formulating an Internet access policy which pays attention to freedom of expression and freedom of access to information on the Internet) Read the IFLA/UNESCO Manifesto here. Also read more on Stuart Hamilton's PhD thesis (pdf) on "To what extent can libraries ensure free, equal and unhampered access to Internet-accessible information resources from a global perspective?" from the Department of Library and Information Management Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Intellectual Freedom Manual

A Library for the Modern Law School: A Statement of Standards for University Law Library Provision in the UK (2003 revision)

Library of ISO Management Standards

MARC Standards

National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Standards

Standards for Library Systems (RFP Writers Guide to Standards for Library Systems by Cynthia Hodgson, published by National Information Standards Organization, Bethesda, Maryland, c2002)

Standards at the Library of Congress

Standards List (PDF) compiled by Victoria Irons and classified by such categories as general standards and guidelines, collections standards, digital collections and services, cataloging/intellectual access, services standards, instruction standards, facilities standards, assessment standards, budget and staffing standards, etc.

Standard for Librarians of the University of Victoria (read more on Evaluation Policy for Librarians.htm)


Understanding Information Literacy: a Primer