Library Visits Programme


Friday, August 19, 2011

Please see below the information in regards to the proposed library visits. Please note that these will not be available for pre-registration and delegates may sign up for these at the relevant on-site library desk on a first come first served basis.


Library Visit 1a: 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 1b: 13:00 - 16:00

The Tomás Bonilla Feliciano Legislative Library of Puerto Rico

Created within the Office of Legislative Services by virtue of Act No. 59, of June 19, 1964, as amended, the Bonilla Feliciano Legislative Library of Puerto Rico is located on the first and second floors at the north side of the former School of Tropical Medicine. This Library is specialised in the field of legislation and has extensive bibliographical resources in various fields of knowledge. The main purpose of the Library is to offer the effective access to all data regarding legislative procedures, as well as on many other government activities, to the members of the Legislature, the Office of Legislative Services, and the general public as a whole.

Supreme Court of Puerto Rico Library

This specialised library in the law field has as its principal objective to give the immediate, up-to-date, and effective services to all members of the Supreme Court. Priority service is geared to judges and law officers, as well as other officials that assist in their daily routines. Services are extended to all libraries within the judicial government units as well as to other government agencies and the general public. The special collection holds more than 100,000 volumes. [additional information]

Library Visit 2a: 09:00 - 12:30
Library Visit 2b: 13:00 - 16:00

Carnegie Library / Biblioteca Carnegie

The first Insular library was established by a royal order dated June 19, 1831. It was principally a judicial library, located in San Juan. Its former collection is now owned by the Puerto Rico Bar Association. Public libraries were later established in municipalities of the Island, the first being founded in Mayagüez in 1875. The Municipal library of San Juan was opened on October 16, 1880. Ponce opened its municipal library in 1890 with books of the Reading Cabinet and the private collection of Don Miguel Rosich as a nucleus. In 1903 the Insular Government established a library in San Juan, with Don Manuel Fernández Juncos, distinguished man of letters, as librarian. When the Carnegie Library was opened in July 1916, the Insular Library was dissolved and its collection transferred to the new building. The Carnegie Library, located in the Puerta de Tierra sector of San Juan, was one of the institutional structures built by the United States government as part of its education programme on the island. Its origin dates to 1903 when the first public library was established under the new civil government. It was then known as the Island Library. The books that had been in the libraries that existed under Spanish rule prior to 1898 were transferred to this library. During the term of Governor Arthur Yager, the island received a donation of $100,000 from U.S. philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to pay for the costs of building a library. Puerto Rican architect Ramón Carbia designed the structure. Construction began in 1914 on land donated by the Puerto Rican government. In 1917 the government named the building Carnegie Library. In 1946 the development of the traveling libraries programme began, which transported books to distant schools and communities. In 1950, all of the library services were transferred to the Department of Education. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo caused considerable damage to both the library structure and its materials. Many books were lost. As a result of the efforts of a group of citizens and professionals interested in reopening it, a restoration project was begun and extended from 1992 to 1995. In 1995 the library was restored and refurbished and opened to the public. Since then, the Carnegie Library offers a variety of educational services to the community and includes a state-of-the art computer room.

Library Visit 3a: 09:00 - 12:30
Library Visit 3b: 13:00 - 16:00

National Library of Puerto Rico / Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico

On August 17, 2003, through Law No. 188, the General Library of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture became the National Library of Puerto Rico. The Library is being developed as a research centre for all areas of human knowledge, with emphasis on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. It has the responsibility to acquire, preserve and disseminate the written and published Puerto Rican bibliography in the country or abroad, by Puerto Rican authors or foreigners about Puerto Rican subjects. Among the special collections being developed are: Puerto Rican Collection, Rare books of Puerto Rico, The Van Deussen Library of Puerto Rico, Children’s Foundation, Eugenio María de Hostos, José S. Alegría, Juan Martínez Capó, and Dra. Concha Meléndez, deposited at the Concha Meléndez Library.

Library Visit 4a: 09:00 - 12:30
Library Visit 4b: 13:00 - 16:00

Loaiza Cordero Institute School Library / Biblioteca Escolar Instituto Loaiza Cordero

The Loaiza Cordero Institute for blind/deaf children and young adults (0-21 years) is a programme under the Department of Education of Puerto Rico implemented as a component in education, as an early intervention and technical assistance in the school. The programme aims to serve professionals, families, and people identified as blind and deaf (known as a double sensorial special need). The objective of the programme is to identify and serve students with visual and hearing loss or hearing or combined. A specialised Braille library serves approximately 90 blind/deaf children, K-9, at the Loaiza Cordero Institute.

Library Visit 5a: 09:00 - 12:30
Library Visit 5b: 13:00 - 16:00

Amaury Veray Conservatory of Music Library

The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico) is a public institution of higher learning located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Its focus is on “the harmonious development of musicians in the fields of music interpretation and composition, jazz, and teaching.” It has hosted a number of internationally renowned musicians as students as well as faculty, and has a longstanding relationship with the classical music movement in Puerto Rico, including the annual Casals Festival and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (PRSO). Its special library is integrated with the curriculum devoting its collections, products, services and environment to the musical arts.

Library Visit 6a: 09:00 - 12:30
Library Visit 6b: 13:00 - 16:00

Conrado Asenjo Library, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

The UPR Medical Sciences Campus comprises six schools: the School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Dentistry, the School of Public Health, the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing. More than 2,000 full-time employees and approximately 3,000 students interact on the Campus. The diversity of services, its complexity, and the state-of-the art offerings in the area of health, have made the Medical Sciences Campus, with all its schools, responsible for higher education in all the disciplines it covers and has made it the leading university in research, service, and clinical aspects. The Conrado F. Asenjo Library of the Medical Sciences Campus is the principal resource for information and documentation on health sciences on the island. It has the most complete multi-type collection of bibliographical resources in it class in the Caribbean. The Library offers its students and faculty multiple services and supports the curriculum of the different schools. Its resources and services are also available to the personnel of the Medical Centre complex, the University of Puerto Rico Hospital in Carolina, to health professionals in Puerto Rico, and to the general public. 

Dr. Arturo Carrión Pacheco Library at the Universidad Central del Caribe

The precursor of today’s Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC) was the Cayey School of Medicine, which opened its doors in 1976 as the first private medical school in Puerto Rico. In its thirty-three year history, UCC has evolved into a health-sciences university with fully accredited academic Programmes in Medicine, Medical Images Technology, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Biomedical Sciences including its first PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Its faculty has carried out an extensive agenda of biomedical, clinical, and psychosocial research and provides specialised health care services. The Dr. Arturo Carrión Pacheco Library integrates its services with the University’s curriculum to satisfy the students and faculty needs.

Library Visit 7a : 10:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 7b : 13:00 - 16:00

Agriculture Experimental Station Library, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus in Río Piedras

The Agricultural Experiment Station Library is a unit of the College of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus. It was founded in 1915 by Dr. John A. Stevenson, a phytopathologist of the Station, at the time in charge of its planning and organisation. At the beginning the collection was the result of publication exchange from agricultural institutions and organisations from Puerto Rico and other countries. At present, the collection consists of over 14,000 books, 4,000 titles of journals, 300,000 scientific documents and over 60 databases of multidisciplinary and specialised topics. The Library was specially conceived and administered for scientific research purposes. It constitutes a valuable resource for researchers in the agricultural, biological, chemical, veterinary and other sciences and disciplines. This Library is the only agricultural library in Puerto Rico. The principal users are the Station researchers. However, it also offers its services to the university community and the general public. The library envisions to be at the vanguard in technological advances in order to facilitate the users with the most recent and innovating information in agricultural resources. It pursues to be the leading institution in providing agricultural and agribusiness resources, and to be recognised as the best agricultural centre for virtual information in Puerto Rico.

Universidad Metropolitana Library (Ana G. Méndez System)

An academic unit of the Ana G. Méndez System of higher education in Puerto Rico, the Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) was originally established as a secondary campus of the former Puerto Rico Junior College (1969). In 1980 the school gained autonomy under the name Colegio Universitario Metropolitano (CUM) and in 1985 received authorization to change its name to Universidad Metropolitana (UMET). In 1988 it offered the first graduate programmes in Education and Business Administration. At the end of the 1980’s, the institution revised its mission, giving priority to environmental studies and issues as a specialised area or institutional “niche.” The Environmental Education Institute (EEI-1990) and the Caribbean Environmental Information Centre (CEIC-1993) were created as a result. During the 1990s, the school recognised the importance of offering educational services to non-traditional groups and adults through the creation of the School of Certified Professional Technicians, the School of Professional Studies (AHORA Programme) and the use of Distance Education and Interactive Television (ITS) Programmes as education related strategies. In 1995 the National Science Foundation (NSF) recognised UMET (among 10 other United States institutions and the only one in Puerto Rico), as a Model of Excellence Institution in the area of science. The Library at UMET offers a variety of services integrated to the University’s offerings with the use of new technologies.  [additional information]

Library Visit 8a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 8b : 13:00 - 16:00

At the José M. Lázaro Library, University of Puerto Rico: Caribbean Studies & Latin American Region Library

The origins of the Caribbean Regional Library dates from 1946 with the Caribbean Commission located in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. The Caribbean Commission ceased its services and transferred the Library to the Government of Puerto Rico in 1965. Since 1975 the Library is located at the University of Puerto Rico’s José M. Lazaro Library, at the Rio Piedras Campus. Its collection includes information resources in the four principal languages of the Caribbean: Spanish, English, French and Dutch. It is a research collection that includes primary as well as secondary sources in all areas of knowledge related to the Caribbean and Latin America. Its resources includes manuscripts, books, serials, theses, government publications, maps, microformats and other types of documents.

El Mundo Periodical Digital Collection

In 1991, the University of Puerto Rico acquired the Library resources of El Mundo Newspaper and placed it under the aegis of the Library System, at the Jose M. Lázaro Library. The most important component of the Library is the photographic archive that provides graphic documentation to the history of Puerto Rico and the world in the 20th Century. It consists of approximately 569,480 photographs (positive), 448,489 negatives (photographs), 94,555 illustrations, diagrams, caricatures and 16,945 slides. Most of this collection of images, close to a million, has never been published. El Mundo Collection holds images of the most important events in Puerto Rico and the world in politics, economy, sociocultural life during 71 years. The Digital Project of the Photographic Collection was initiated in July 1993. It aims to offer effective and rapid electronic access to information. At this time more than 30,000 photographs have been digitised and cataloged. Access to the bibliographic description is available through the Online Catalog of the University of Puerto Rico and photographs with the particular description are available through its Digital Library.

Library Services for Handicapped People

This special library services unit pursues to offer the best environment and services to the handicapped population at the University of Puerto Rico and the general population as a whole, and to satisfy their information and documentation needs. It opens access to all information and technological resources within the University and elsewhere. The collection includes books, journals, and maps in Braille. It is subscribed to the National Service of the Library of the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C. The Centre for Information of the Technological Assistance Programme of Puerto Rico is located within the Library premises and offers the availability of technological equipment and services to cater the needs of the special community, its family, tutors, teachers, service providers, and general community. Among technological resources provided are: JAWS, Zoom Text, Open Book, Kurzweil 3,000 and Dragon Naturallly Speaking. Services are provided directly to users, through telephone, in writing, e-mail and fax.

Josefina del Toro Rare Collection

Established in 1985, under the direction of the Library System, Dr. Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, the Josefina del Toro Rare Collection presents rare and valuable resources that includes manuscripts, books, maps, serial publications, graphics, paintings, leaflets, tri-dimensional objects and textiles. Among subjects included are bibliophile matters, philosophy, psychology, human sexuality, law, religion, esoteric matters, art, English, North American, French, Italian Spanish and Latin American literature, paleography, universal history, history, travel and discoveries in the Caribbean. The collection receives its name in honor of Prof. Josefina del Toro Fulladosa, Emeritus librarian and key figure in the development of academic libraries in Puerto Rico.

Zenobia and Juan Ramón Jiménez Collection

The Sala Zenobia and Juan Ramón Jiménez Collection was established in 1955 by the initiative of Zenobia y Juan Ramón Jiménez, under the direction of the José M. Lázaro librarian Thomas S. Hayes. It is the most complete research centre for the study of the life and work of Juan Ramón and his times. The collection brings support principally to the academic programmes of Hispanic studies and Comparative literature of the Humanities Faculty, and of the Spanish Department in the Faculty of General Studies. The collection, of approximately 105,699 resources, includes manuscripts, documents, books, letters, first editions, paintings and personal memorabilia that Zenobia and Juan Ramón Jiménez donated to the University of Puerto Rico. It is complemented with resources acquired by the José M. Lázaro Library, and donations of articles and books donated by heirs and friends willing to continue enriching the development of the collection.

Puerto Rican Collection

The Puerto Rican Collection was established in 1941, at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, as a specialised centre. From its creation, the collection is being developed and enriched to offer specialised materials on Puerto Rico to researchers and all interested persons in Puerto Rico and abroad. The Collection is a depository of the documents of the Government of Puerto Rico, as indicated by Law No. 5, 1955, amended by Laws No. 7, of June 13, 1960, and no. 66, of June 4, 1979. It is the major collection in all types of subjects on Puerto Rico. It includes manuscripts, documents, books, rare books, newspapers, journals, graphics, microformats, etc

Library Visit 9a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 9b : 13:00 - 16:00

Santiago Iglesias Architecture Library, University of Puerto Rico

Created in 1966, this special library serves principally the faculty and students of the Architecture School and architects in Puerto Rico and abroad. The School offers a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees programmes. Principally the Collection aims to serve the needs of the curriculum and the research endeavor, facilitating the rapid access to information and documentation in Puerto Rico and at the international levels. Its collection holds multi-type information and documental sources that contribute to enrich diverse studies of studies conducted and projects carried out by students and professionals in the architecture field. 

Architecture Archives and Construction Archives, University of Puerto Rico (AACUPR)

The AACUPR, established in 1986, is a historical centre specialised in the architecture of Puerto Rico from the 20th Century on. It aims to rescue, preserve, enrich and promote the architectural values of Puerto Rico. It holds more than 80 collections that include the important work of architects, engineers, contractors, photographers, landscape architects, drafters, etc. that have worked in Puerto Rico. Examples of architectural firms in the collection are: Pedro de Castro, Antonín Nechodoma, Rafael Carmoega, Pedro Méndez, Henry Klumb, Toro y Ferrer and Amaral y Morales. In our collection, there are materials that document the work of engineers and contractors such as Raúl Gayá Benejam and Robert Prann. The collection holds more than 3,000,000 documents including architectural drawings, photographs, textual documents and artifacts. Descriptive inventories are available in a database within the Online Catalog of the University of Puerto Rico for the rapid access to information.

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico Library

The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) is a private, non profit, co-educational higher education institution founded in September, 1966. The main campus is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the suburb of Hato Rey. The main academic disciplines are: Engineering (seven Programmes), Geomatic Sciences, Architecture, Computer Sciences and Business Administration (four majors). PUPR offers Bachelor of Science degrees in: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Land Surveying and Mapping and Computer Science; Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in: Accounting, Construction Management, General Management and Marketing. The institution offers also a Bachelor in Architecture. At the graduate level the academic offerings are: Master of Science (MS) in: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Manufacturing Competitiveness; Master of Engineering in: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering, Master in: Computer Sciences, Engineering Management, Environmental Management, Landscape Architecture, and Manufacturing Competitiveness: Master of Business Administration in: Computer Information Systems (E - Commerce & Data Base), General and Interdisciplinary, and International Enterprises. The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico Library is housed in a modern three-floors building at the University. Its area is approximately 40,000 sq. feet and seats 761 persons. Its collection holds more than 140,000 volumes specialised in agrimensure, engineering, architecture and business administration. Access to information is offered to databases, online services and interlibrary loans as an integral part of its services. Its Information Skills programme contributes to make students independent users and academic researchers.

Library Visit 10a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 10b : 13:00 - 16:00

The Library Science and Informatics Library, Library System, University of Puerto Rico

The Library Science and Informatics Library is a specialised information unit integrated to the Graduate School and Information Sciences and Technologies, of the University of Puerto Rico. It was created in 1969 to support the School’s academic offerings in the Master’s and Certificates Programmes, the alumni and all information professionals information and continuing education needs. Its collection includes a variety of multi-type resources of books, documents, journals and other serials, microformats, videos and different types of audiovisual materials, principally in the English, Spanish and Portuguese languages. Information access is provided on site and through the Online Catalog and electronic databases. Presence of the library services are provided through Twitter and Facebook.

Library Visit 11a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 11b : 13:00 - 16:00

Information Access Centre at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus

The Metropolitan Campus of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico started its first semester in 1982. It offers certificates, 45 bachelors, 34 masters and 12 doctoral degrees Programmes in fields such as Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business Administration, and Social Work. It is considered as one of the best schools in the field of Criminal Justice. The traditional library transformed into an Information Access Centre provides effective access to information within its premises and through their virtual environment.

Learning Resources Centre José P. Fernández-Miranda, University of Puerto Rico, at Carolina

The University of Puerto Rico at Carolina (UPRCA), established in 1974, is the only unit of the UPR system that offers the type of quarters Programme, allowing students to complete studies in less period of time. It has the following associate and baccalaureate degrees, unique in the UPR system: Associate Degree and Bachelors of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Associate Degree in Interior Design, Associate Degree in Physical Education and Recreation for people with disabilities, Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Industrial Maintenance, Associate Degree in Industrial Automation, Associate Degree in Automotive Technology, and a BA in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Cultural Tourism. It also stands out for its excellent Programmes in Graphic Arts and commercial advertising, which offers the opportunity to develop advertising strategies to real customers. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice with concentration in Law and Society and Forensic Psychology and the Associate Degree and Bachelor of Office Systems and Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in Finance and Management, are well-recognised Programmes in both the university community and the workplace. UPR-Carolina also serves as the first step for students who aspire to enter the Medical Sciences Campus in the areas of Nursing, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Health Education and Veterinary Technology. The Learning Resources Centre has developed its collections and services according to the campus special curricula and caters to the information and research needs of students, faculty and interests of the nearby communities.

The Universidad del Este Library, in Carolina (Ana G. Méndez System)

The Library at the Universidad del Este falls under the ViceChancellor of Information Resources. It is responsible to acquire, organise, develop, preserve and promote multi-type bibliographic resources integrated to the University’s curricula in order to serve the needs of the students, faculty and related clienteles. Public services include Reference, Journals, Circulation and Reserves, along with special services rendered such as the Community Technological Centre and the Information and Research Skills Development Programme.

Library Visit 12a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 12b : 13:00 - 16:00

Dr. Pilar Barbosa Bayamón Municipal Library

The Dr. Pilar Barbosa Municipal Library is a cultural and educational unit of the Municipal Department of Education. For this reason it is governed by the policies and procedures of the Municipal agency destined to enrich the communities education in Bayamón. The Library was inaugurated on October 20, 2000, under the administration of the Hon. Major Ramón Luis Rivera Rivera. Along with the traditional services, the library offers diverse services and activities using high technologies, with access to the Internet. In this respect, the Library contributes to alliviate the digital gap. It provides 40 computer stations, along with the necesary print and phocopying equipments to facilitate equitable access to information and learning. The library’s primary goal is to maintain the citizenry well informed and, at the same time, to provide the best environment at the site so that the users can feel motivated to develop as lifelong learners. In so doing, the library offers literacy Programmes to improve the quality of life of children, young adults and adults, users of the Library, and stimulates their knowledge and appreciation for the local culture and history, and respect to other cultures. The Library instills the interest for reading promoting different activities involving the multicutural groups that constitute the community. The Library also serves as an information centre for the citizenry, facilitating the decision-making in their daily lives as well as professional circumstances.  [additional information]

Caribbean University Library at the Bayamón Campus

The Caribbean University is a private academic institution in Puerto Rico composed of four campuses. It was founded on February 28, 1969, as the Caribbean Junior College in the municipality of Bayamon. In 1978, it was renamed to Caribbean University College after being accredited by the Council on Higher Education of Puerto Rico. In 1990, after starting to offer graduate studies, it was renamed to Caribbean University. Among the special programme offerings are: Education, Spanish as foreign language, Social work, Criminology and Police science, Recreation and Fitness, Computer/Information Sciences, Business Administration, Medical Administrative assistance and Nursing. The Library of the Caribbean University, Bayamón Campus, was created to develop Programmes and services oriented to cater to the needs of the University’s particular curricula, in terms of the learning/teaching, research and service endeavors in relation to the University’s community. More than 100,000 volumes represent its collection, which includes books, journals, documents and local and international newspapers. A variety of audivisual resources in different formats are also integrated in the collection. Access to databases is possible through the Virtual Library.

Learning Resources Centre, University of Puerto Rico, at Bayamón

The University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón is the third largest campus in the whole University of Puerto Rico system in terms of population. It has transfer Programmes in engineering, chemistry, social sciences and liberal arts. Also it has various business administration Programmes. As well as engineering technology Programmes in civil and industrial engineering. It hosts the only Materials Management degree in the system. To satisfy the information and research needs of its community, the University has a developed a Learning Resources Centre. It offers the traditional library services and enriches its offerings of products and services, for its diverse learning community, with the application of new technologies.

Library Visit 13a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 13b : 13:00 - 16:00

McConnell Valdes LLC Library

The McConnell Valdés Law Firm was founded in Puerto Rico by attorneys Herbert McConnell and Adolfo “Wally” Valdés in 1946, when Puerto Rico was embarked on an industrialisation process that would bring to the island the giants of manufacturing, as well as creators of new industrial technologies. Many of these businesses were venturing outside of the United States for the first time. The Law Firm’s evolution has always been parallel to the evolution of Puerto Rico. What started as a law firm dedicated to representing financial institutions and manufacturers is now a full service law firm with practice areas covering virtually any aspect of business law in Puerto Rico. As the world and Puerto Rico change, and as the way businesses have become truly international and more reliant than ever on state-of-the-art technology, our firm also continues to evolve, developing new practice areas and meeting head-on the challenges presented in this rapidly changing environment. The Library serves the special interests of the Law Firm practice.

Law Faculty Access to Information Centre Domingo Toledo-Álamo, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico

The Information Access Centre Domingo Toledo-Alamo initiated its services in 1961. It serves as a laboratory of legal studies, principally to benefit the students and faculty of the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. Apart from the offering of the traditional services in a most convenient and attractive environment, the Centre integrates computerised services as additional tools for the study and research endeavors. These elements make of this Centre a most complete one in the country to cater the information and documentation needs.

School of Law Library, University of Puerto Rico

The School of Law at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, was founded in 1913. The School of Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1945 and by the Association of American Law Schools since 1948. It is also accredited by the Council on Higher Education and the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. The School provides a unique venue for the study of the civil law tradition, its complex interaction with common law and U.S. federal law, and the controversial application of the U.S. Constitution to Puerto Rico’s special political status. The guiding principle behind the School’s academic programme is to increase and diversify the learning and development experiences of the students. As part of their programme, students have to participate in a clinical programme.

The School of Law Library, established in 1913, is the principal axis of the academic/professional unit. Through the ages, the Library has developed and enriched a comprehensive collection to cater to and satisfy the study/ teaching and research needs of students, faculty members and the legal community in Puerto Rico. Its collection is the largest in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Following the standards of the accrediting agencies, the Library follows the two great law traditions that intertwine in Puerto Rico: that one of the civil rights roman-germanic civil rights, and the angloamerican common-law, and both of them are represented in the collection development. Because the School has increased the focus of its curricula, particularly in comparative, foreign and international law, starting from the last decade, the relationship with countries in the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe has been incremented, as well as the internationalization of the programmes. The bibliographic collection holds more than 400,000 volumes; more than 80,000 titles, and various computerised research systems. The Library is a selective depository of government documents since 1991 as well as of the European Communities since 1990, and has been designated by the Central American Parliament as depository of its publications. Since 2000, the Library has a new structure with a space of approximately 74,275 square feet.

Civil Rights Commission Library

Although of new development, the Civil Rights Commission Library promises to be a great addition to the existing law libraries. The Library integrates itself to the programmes and services the Commission is involved in order to satisfy their requirements and needs. Its mission is also geared to educate the community about the fundamental rights of the citizenry and protection of human rights, serving as an essential tool in the development of studies and research about civil rights. Its collection is growing with diverse multi-type publications in the Spanish and English languages. 

Library Visit 14a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 14b : 13:00 - 16:00

Madre Maria Teresa Guevara Library, University of the Sacred Heart

The University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious institutions in Puerto Rico. Its origins date back to 1880 with the establishment of an elementary school by the religious order of the Sacred Heart in the Catholic Church. It is located in the suburb called Monteflores in Santurce. The location and urban reality of the University reflect its mission of constant interaction with the environment and its pledge to serve as a transformative agent of the Puerto Rican society. It strives for closer ties with the realities of the social and cultural environment of the Caribbean, of America and of the international student body. The Library Mother Maria Teresa Guevara is one of the vital units of the University for its significant educational role. In a most comfortable environment and different attractive aisles, the Library offers diverses programmes and services to students, faculty, administrators and others members of the university community. 

Library Visit 15a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 15b : 13:00 - 16:00

Baldwin School Library Media Centre

Baldwin School is a private English language school providing a pre-kinder to twelfth grade college preparatory Programme. Founded in 1968 by a group of educators and business people, the school philosophy is based on a commitment to offer an enriched curriculum and a variety of instructional methods geared to the individual’s learning and growth. Baldwin is located on 23 tree shaded acres in a country setting in the municipality of Guaynabo. Its facilities include: a science centre, a seminar room, 2 Media Centres, 2 computer centres, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, soccer, softball and baseball fields, an air conditioned cafeteria, a 25 meter swimming pool and a covered court. Its mission is to support the school curriculum PK-12 as well as the intellectual and information needs of our school community. The collection PK-12 consists of around 20,000 books divided into specialised collections such as fiction and non fiction, Puerto Rico, Spanish, French, reference, biographies, parenting, professional, paperbacks, classics ,periodicals, school history and science fiction. The Library Media Centre offers an audiovisual collection for each library. The Elementary section includes Newberry and Caldecott Award-winning books as well as easy reading. The Middle and Upper School collections contain French Literature, Shakespeare, Classics, Short Stories, Literary Criticism and a Books into Movies section, a collection of films inspired by fiction.

Library Visit 16a : 09:00 - 12:00
Library Visit 16b : 13:00 - 16:00

Biblioteca de la Universidad del Turabo (Ana G. Méndez University System)

Located in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, the University of Turabo is one of the academic units of the Ana G. Méndez private university system, established in 1972. Founded in 1972, Universidad del Turabo is located 15 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Belonging to the Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez (SUAGM), UT has campuses in Yabucoa, Cayey, Naguabo, Isabela and Ponce, and programmes in Florida (Orlando and South Florida). UT currently serves a student population of more than 15,000 students, more than 180 faculty members and 600 senior lecturers.

The Library offers traditional services as well as new offerings with the modern application of information technologies. Recently the Library inititated the development of both a digital and physical library dedicated to Puerto Rico’s former Governor, Dr. Pedro Rosselló González. Rosselló held the office for eight years and Universidad del Turabo is now the permanent legal repository for his government papers. The project is modeled after former President Clinton’s Presidential Library project. Clinton was the first U.S. President to have born digital documentation, such as e-mail, Web pages and other electronic formats. When they began planning and building the structure of the library, they also began digitising and uploading pieces of the collection to the web site so that everyone could follow the growth. It is expected that the digitising of print documentation, the audio and video portions of the collection will be ready by August 2011.

Last update: 17 July 2011