SIL Philippines

Libraries & Archives

SIL Manila library


In the Philippines, SIL operates research libraries in Manila and Davao City*. The libraries have a total of around 35,000 volumes (25,000 Manila; 10,000 Davao), including general linguistic materials, translation helps, references on literacy and education, and anthropological works. The libraries also contain materials produced by and in consultation with SIL researchers in and about the languages of the indigenous cultural communities. Each library specializes in literature on the languages of its respective region.

SIL libraries in the Philippines are open to the public for research into the languages and cultures of the Philippines.

Following the government guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, admission to the SIL Philippines library will be limited to a maximum of 6 visitors per day. An appointment reservation will be necessary to enter the library.

Please use this online reservation form - link

Library Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 12:00 noon
1:00 pm to   5:00 pm
12 Big Horseshoe Drive
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Please call ahead during office hours
to book time in the library:
Manila    (02) 722-6186

CLOSED on Saturday, Sunday, all public holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Year.

The Philippine Association of Academic and Research Libraries (PAARL) presented the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) Philippines with the 2003 PAARL Award "Outstanding Library/Research Program of the Year Award".


It's all about Preservation & Accessibility

SIL has been collecting language data in the Philippines since 1953. Recent technology has made it feasible to preserve and make these resources available as never before. In fact, many published works are already available on the SIL website. However, an even larger work is also underway – to digitize, archive, and publish online almost everything, including source materials in all their various forms.

To learn more about this exciting, ongoing work, view the slideshow Archive Process & Inside the Archive

For further information, please contact

* In 2010, the research library service at two regional centers in Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya, and Nasuli, Bukidnon, ceased when SIL closed our operations in those locations.