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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Reading Club 2000 located?
How do I get to Reading Club?
What is the operating hours of Reading Club?
How do I donate books?
How do I borrow books?
What books can I expect to see from the library?
What media coverage has been received by Reading Club 2000?
Why does it say 'designed and donated by Cyberplex Software'?
Who provided the content for this website?

 

Where is the Reading Club 2000 located?

It is located at 1454 Balagtas St., Barangay La Paz, Makati City, Manila Philippines. Makati City is a major financial and commerce district of Philippines. From the financial district of Makati (e.g. Ayala Triangle Stock Exchange),  it is about 3 kilometres to the Reading Club location

Interestingly enough, the library is on the corner of ARCHIMEDES street.

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How do I get to Reading Club?

The best way is to take a metered taxi. Indicate the full address to the taxi driver.


What is the operating hours of Reading Club?

Nanie is the main person overseeing the entire operation although he has other family relatives/volunteers helping out. It is open seven days a week (except public holidays) from about 10am until about 5pm.

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How do I donate books?

The quickest way is to drop by, have a chat with Nanie and drop off your books!
Otherwise, email, call, send an SMS for other arrangements

How do I borrow books?

Pop in and have a chat! Anyone and everyone is welcome to browse at the thousands of books available at the front door, garage and inside the house


What books can I expect to see from the library?

Expect to see thousands of books covering a broad spectrum of topics, including but not limited to: technology, history, religion, cooking, adventure, fantasy, fashion, etc

Currently, there is no catalogue system in place for the available books. Unlike a normal library, think of your visit to the Reading Club 2000 as an adventure to a mountain of books. The creators of this website found themselves taking home a couple of books that were genuine treasures in their own right.

What media coverage has been received by Reading Club 2000?

Reading Club 2000 has received numerous media coverage from both international and local major newspapers

BBC (UK)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19547365

INQUIRER (PHILIPPINES)
http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/50687/ex-libris-2
http://opinion.inquirer.net/36712/the-little-library-that-could

THE GUARDIAN (UK)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/shortcuts/2012/sep/23/the-library-with-no-rules

CHINA NETWORK TELEVISION (CHINA)
http://english.cntv.cn/program/cultureexpress/20120627/106708.shtml

GMA NEWS (PHILIPPINES)
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/260959/lifestyle/literature/neighborhood-book-club-is-no-ordinary-library

HUFFINGTON POST (USA)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/21/hernando-guanlao-_n_1902323.html

PHILIPPINE STAR (PHILIPPINES)
http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2012-06-29/822584/books-free-library-streets

MANILA BULLETIN (PHILIPPINES)
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/376843/the-library#.UNp3yOS-ruA

Why does it say 'designed and donated by Cyberplex Software'?

Cyberplex Software is an Australian-owned web development company who also employ Philippine-based staff. As part of our 'giving back to the community' company culture, Cyberplex Software selects worthwhile causes who could benefit from having their exclusive online presence. Around September 2012, key directors met with Nanie at his library and Cyberplex Software made a commitment to provide him a website for free. 
ReadingClub2000.com went live around December 2012.
This website was created and hosted by Cyberplex Software for free. 


Who provided the content for this website?

Images used on this website are a combination of Cyberplex Software own photos and photos from online media publication (BBC News, Philippine Inquirer, GMA News)

Text Sources & References:
BBC News website
Philippine Inquirer website

 

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About Us

Reading Club 2000 is an informal library set up by Hernando Guanlao outside his ancestral home in central Manila, Philippines. Hernando Guanlao, known by his nickname Nanie, wanted to encourage his local community to share his joy of reading.

Guanlao started his library in 2000, shortly after the death of his parents. He was looking for something to honour their memory, and that was when he hit upon the idea of promoting the reading habit he'd inherited.

"I saw my old textbooks upstairs and decided to come up with the concept of having the public use them," he says.  So he put the books - a collection of fewer than 100 - outside the door of his house to see if anyone wanted to borrow them. They did, and they brought the books back with others to add to the collection - and the library was born.

At Nanie's Reading Club, there is no membership, borrower's card or ID required. One may keep the books or return them. "I encourage sharing with their neighbors when they are done", Nanie explains. One wonders what is to stop anyone from taking all the books? Nanie shakes his head and assures us: "The books have multiplied".  he has no idea how many books are in his possession, but there are easily 2,000 or 3,000 on the shelves and in the boxes stacked outside his front door.  And that's before you move inside, where books are rapidly encroaching into every available space. You can hardly get into the front room, the car has long since been moved out of the garage, and books are even stacked all the way up the stairs.

The library is not advertised, but somehow, every day, a steady stream of people find their way there.

About Us page - Nanie