To provide the best possible information sources, research tools and services to its clients (student, faculty, researchers and non-UP researchers) in support of the University’s mission to develop leaders committed to advancing inclusive growth through education, research and public service with the use of information and communication technology.
In 1975, DAE was weaned from its mother unit, UPCA, to form the Institute of Agricultural Development and Administration (IADA). It was composed of the Departments of Agricultural Economics, Economics and Agribusiness Management. The IADA Reading Room was also established and it started with an initial collection of books, serials and other reading materials donated by the faculty and staff. The IADA Reading Room was envisioned as a depository of books, theses, serials and other reading materials readily accessible to students, faculty and staff.
Subsequently, in recognition of its maturity as an institution of higher learning, IADA was elevated as the College of Development Economics and Management (CDEM) on July 27, 1978. This came with the inclusion of Agricultural Credit and Cooperatives Institute (ACCI), now renamed as the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED)).
In 1981, the ACCI Library and CDEM Reading Room were integrated and became the CDEM Library with the major responsibility of building a strong collection of references on economics, agricultural economics, agribusiness management and related fields. Later renamed to CEM Library to be consistent with the renaming of CDEM to the College of Economics and Management (CEM), this facility is committed to becoming one of the major sources of information on the aforementioned fields of specialization.
From the humble reading room, CEM Library has become a self-sufficient research support facility with a collection that has grown to over 10,000 volumes of reference materials. It provides services that meet the instructional, research and extension needs of CEM as well as other units of UPLB. It is now considered as a full-pledged research – academic library due to its comprehensive collection of different research materials such as undergraduate theses in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Economics, Cooperative, special problems and field studies in Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship and Business Management, books, journals and other important reference materials in related field.
At present, CEM Library is currently located at the Rural Economic Development and Renewable Energy Center (REDREC) building.