How To's

HOW TO access online databases remotely

Steps on how to access remotely:

  • Go to our library webpage http://library.
  • Choose which electronic resources you want to have access to [eBooks or eJournals] then click on the link of the database.
  • You will be prompted to answer the following information.
    Username: student ID/employee ID;
    Password: last four digits of the ID
  • You may now view all full-text content to which the Library subscribes.

How do I borrow a book?

Check our Online Public Access Catalog first to check the availability of books, location, and call number. Locate the books from the shelves and proceed to any Circulation Desk or you can check-out the books using the Self Service Station.

How to Check-out Books Using the Self-Service Station

  1. Bring the book to the self-service station (located at the General Circulation).
  2. Scan your Mapua ID at the Card Sensor Slot.
  3. Place the book on the cradle.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Collect your book and your receipt.

How to Use the OPAC (Online Public Access to Catalog)

  1. Type the complete title of the book or the subject related to the desired information, then click “ENTER” or the “SEARCH” button.
  2. Select the needed material, then click the selected title to know the location of the book.
  3. Copy the call number of the desired material.
  4. Locate it at the shelves of the designated section.

How to Renew an Item Online

  1. Go to:
  2. Click My Account from the PAC toolbar. Key in your Patron ID Number and PIN.
  3. Click Current Loans. It will displays all the title(s) that you have check-out
    Note: Current titles with a red Due Date indicate items are overdue. Please return it to the library.
  4. Select the title (s) you want to renew then tick the box on the left side of the title. This will enable the Renew button on the toolbar.
  5. Click Renew.

How to Borrow Non-Book Materials

Mapua Library's collection of nonbook materials such as slides, transparencies, DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes can be found at the Multimedia Section, Multimedia Library, 2nd Floor, West Building.

A borrower accomplishes the Multimedia request form. A maximum of three (3) non-print materials may be borrowed for 2 (days) at a time, and may be renewed if no other users are in queue.

How to Use eBooks

To access the acquired eBooks of the library, go to
Click on the icons of the database that you wish to view.

For EBSCO eBooks:

  1. On the left side of the page, click the link for EBSCO e-book collection.
  2. A page will appear showing all the acquired e-books from EBSCO. You can also view them by categories.
  3. There is a search box on the upper portion of the page. You can type your topic on the box and click the search button.
  4. A list of available e-books will appear for you to choose from. Select the desired title of the e-book and click on it.
  5. There are 2 ways to access the contents of the eBook. You can choose to click on the relevant chapters of the eBook and or the table of contents .

For Britannica Online:

  1. On the” Browse” box click the eBooks and Primary sources link.
  2. A list of eBooks arranged alphabetically by title and or author will appear on the page, for you to choose from.
  3. Just click on the selected title.

For Gale Virtual Reference Library [GVRL]:

  1. A list of all available eBooks categorized by subjects will appear on the page.
  2. Click on the desired title or cover page of the eBook.
  3. Or you can use the search box found on the upper portion of the page. Just type in your desired subject on the box and click the search button [magnifying glass].
  4. You will be taken to the Table of contents. Just click on the desired links.

For Access Engineering:

  1. Type in the desired subject on the search box and click “ENTER” or “GO”.
  2. A list of search results will appear for you to choose from.
  3. Click on the title of the eBook.
  4. An abstract and a table of contents of the eBook will appear on the page.
  5. Choose the desired chapter, to view the article that you need.

How to Use the Ask-a-Librarian Service

  1. Go to Mapua Library Homepage and look for the chat box at the right side of the screen. The box displays whether the librarian is online or offline. If the librarian is ONLINE, type your name and email followed by your questions.
  2. If the live chat service is offline, please call (02) 247-5000 loc. 4201-4202 to speak to a librarian or send your queries to
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