The library was established when the Notre Dame of Jolo College was opened in 1954 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and it started with a basic collection of 2,500 volumes. In 1966, the library received grants from the Asia and Ford Foundation. By 1973, there were already 15,000 volumes in the library. The Jolo War in 1974 however, resulted to many losses for the library including some of the collection from CISCUL. At the turn of the 21st Century, with Donation from the US Embassy-Manila, The Asia Foundation and Natividad Galang-Fajardo Foundation, both print and non-print collection of the library greatly increased and online research became available. In year 2013, the library was renovated to provide the library clientele with better services.


The ILRC aims to provide library services relevant to the needs of the Notre Dame of Jolo College community. The library will have a facility to accommodate these services as well as its expanding collection and evolving technologies


The Library plays a vital role in the realization of the academic goals of Notre Dame of Jolo College as an institution of higher learning. It supports the teaching-learning needs of the faculty and students of the College. In addition, it seeks to assist them in the achievement of their research endeavors.

As the storehouse of knowledge of the College, it is committed to the provision of information that enables the different sectors of the College to achieve holistic growth as individuals.

The library offers its services to members of the community outside of the College, to those who enter its door in search of information to better not only themselves but also the local community and the nation.

The American Corner

American Corner Jolo is under the umbrella of American Spaces Philippines of U.S. Embassy Manila. American Spaces in the Philippines are collaborative and innovative resource spaces where a diverse range of people, private and public partners, and others can connect, discover, share, and be empowered by new ideas, skills, and opportunities that can bring positive change to individual lives and communities. They offer dynamic and interesting programming on English Language Learning, Education, Community Engagement, and Information about the U.S. and build bridges of understanding, collaboration, and partnership between the Filipino and American people.