In support to the University’s mission statement, which is to provide the atmosphere and opportunities for the members of its academic community toward becoming whole persons by providing quality Catholic education and by promoting Christian values, the University Library has the following objectives in its collection development policy:

  • To provide a qualitatively and quantitatively strong collection that will support the University’s instructional, research and information needs.
  • To ensure adequate, up-to-date, and relevant library resources to the HAU community as a means to achieve the University’s goals and objectives
  • To develop and maintain an effective and working book and non-book collection.
  • To organize and maintain the collection for its maximum and effective use;
  • To provide a continuous program of evaluation of its existing collection through regular deselection.

Organization of the Collection

Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme is being use in the organization of the collection. The library adopts the open shelves system wherein students have an access to the collection and free to scan the books on the shelves.

Newly Acquired References













Graduate School


Center for Kapampangan Studies


General Education

Christian Education

Religious Education


Character Education

Circulation and Reserve

Adequate collection of books covering a wide variety of subject areas and titles prescribed by Faculty members as textbooks for their particular courses.

  • Circulation Books

    Circulation books are books supporting the curricular offering of the university. All subject fields are covered by the collection. These books are arranged in the stack area according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. Five (5) books can be borrowed for three days and can be renewed for another three days unless needed or reserved by other users.

  • Reserve Books

    Reserve books are required and collateral readings for a particular subject. One (1) reserve book can be borrowed for one period and can be renewed for another period if not needed or reserved by other users.


The Reference Unit has a vast collection composed of the standard reference books such as:

  • Dictionaries- give information about words, spelling, pronunciation, derivation, usage, meanings, syllabication current status, synonyms, antonyms, historical information, etc.
  • Encyclopedias- provide background information in all field of knowledge.
  • Geographical Sources- are described as tools that provide information about geography, like the atlases, maps, gazetteers, and guide books.
  • Yearbooks and Almanacs-n yearbooks are annual compendium of dates and statistics of a given year. While almanacs are annual publication of statistics and other information which be inevitably cover information of the previous years.
  • Biographical Sources- contain biographical sketches of factual information about the lives of persons arranges alphabetically by surname.
  • Handbooks- are handy reference sources that provide miscellaneous information about specific area of interest or topic.
  • Manuals- sources that contain instructions on how to do any activity.
  • Directories- are lists of names of persons, or organizations usually arranged in alphabetical order which provide information such as addresses, telephone numbers, etc.
  • Indexes- indicate where to look for information.

Vertical file consists of pamphlets and maps, these materials came from different sources as complimentary sources.

Reviewers for CPA, Nursing and other exams are also available in the section.

These important materials are strictly for “room use only” but can be photocopied upon the approval of the Librarian-in-Charge.


The Filipiniana collection includes publications about the Philippines, in all its aspects – cultural, political, social, religious, and economic and others, regardless of author and imprint.

The book collection covers an adequate range of reading materials designed to meet the instructional and research needs of users.

Various types of Filipiniana materials are available, they are the following:

  • Filipiniana collection
  • Filipiniana Reference Collection – is composed of the standard reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, yearbooks, manuals, handbooks, maps, and indexes.
  • Rizaliana Collection – these include all works of Jose Rizal as well as works written about his life and writings.
  • Filipiniana/Biography- Books about Filipino biography
  • Filipiniana for Circulation – Filipiniana books which are duplicates that can be borrowed for home use.
  • Vertical file collection – consists of ephemeral materials which are unbound, such as pamphlets, maps and pictures.
  • Undergraduate Theses- A collection of theses of the different college/department which are very useful to students who are doing their research.

Graduate School

The library consists of the following collections: textbooks, theses and dissertations, Periodicals, Trade books, and non-print materials for the exclusive use of graduate school students>.

GSL circulation books are merged with the collection of the Circulation Section found at the third floor.

Accompanying materials (CDs) of books should be borrowed together with the corresponding textbook. Reference, Filipiniana, and Periodicals collections are for ROOM Use only.


The Periodicals Section provides recent issues of general and professional periodical literature in local and international publication. Current issues of local newspapers and local magazines are available. Subscriptions to foreign journals were lessened due to availability of E-journals. Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title on the shelves. Back issues are also arranged alphabetically by title and are organized at the back issue stacks area. Current issues are properly displayed on the display racks.