The Siena College in Taytay, formerly known as St. Catherine Academy, was then located beside St. John the Baptist parish church. It formally opened its doors to high school students in 1957. After one year in operation, it started accepting grade school pupils. The grade school and high school students enrolled in the school were well entrenched in the Dominican way of learning. During those days, the High School Library was located on the third floor of the old main building, which was named the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Building, while the Grade School Library was located in the second floor of the same building.
1980 brought about several expansions in buildings and services due to the growing population of the school. The establishment of the College Library came two years later and a qualified Librarian was hired along with an Assistant Librarian. The number of enrollees grew larger in 1985 and with this, the needs of the students. In response, the library added a reading room that the same year.
The High School and the Grade School Library were transferred to the ground floor of the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Building in 1989. It occupied a space equivalent to two classrooms and was supervised by a Librarian and two Student Assistants. During the first quarter of that same school year, the College Library was re-arranged. The reading room was stacked with more books and a workroom for the Librarian was added. The following year, the Instructional Media Center was formally established.
What was previously known as the Saint Catherine Academy was renamed Siena College Taytay in 1992, when the College Department started its operation.
1993 saw the start of the construction of the extension of the St. Dominic Building in Siena Heights Campus. During the construction, the libraries, together with the IMC were temporarily transferred to the second floor of the Mother Natividad Pilapil Hall. In May 1994, the extension was inaugurated and the IMC was transferred to its supposed to be permanent home in the basement of St. Dominic Building. The IMC was air-conditioned to protect its growing collections from humidity. Meanwhile, the High School and the College Libraries moved to a much bigger, air conditioned space in the rightwing of the second floor of the said building.
In April 1995, a fire gutted the whole of St. Lorenzo Ruiz Building along with the Grade School Library adjacent to St. John the Baptist Parish Church. In June of the following year, the Grade School Library was accommodated by the High School and College Libraries in the new site. Eventually, the entire Grade School Department was transferred from St. John the Baptist Church campus to the Siena Heights Campus.
In October 1994 the High School Department was granted a three-year accreditation by PAASCU. By February 1998, the High School Department has obtained the second-level of accreditation from the same accrediting agency. Meanwhile, the Grade School was granted a three-year accreditation, also by PAASCU in January 1997, and the second-level in December 2000. Currently, the High School is in Level 3 in PAASCU standards, while Grade School is in Level 2.
1996 was the year when IMC has to effect another transfer this time from the basement of St. Dominic to the 2nd floor of said building, right across the Grade School Library.
The St. Thomas Aquinas building for the Service Education Department (College) was inaugurated in June 2005 and the College Library was again transferred from its previous location at the fourth floor of St.Dominic to the third floor of St. Thomas.
The SED course offerings are BEED (Specialization on General Education/Major in Special Education), BSE (Major in English, Mathematics, General Science, Religion and Values Education and Guidance & Counseling), BSBA, BSN, BSHRM, BSIHM, BSTM, BSCS, BSCOE, BSECE, and BSIE. PAASCU has granted BSBA a Level 2 recognition while BSE/BEED and BSCS are preparing for a formal visit from PAASCU.
The Learning Resource Center, consisting of the Grade School, High School and College Library, the Instructional Media Center and Archives Service work hand in hand with the school administrators in attaining the school’s vision and mission of producing students who are compassionate and globally competent Christians who are environmentally and socially concerned, are technology enabled, research motivated and Marian inspired Filipinos with a deep love of country and are at the same time devoted Dominicans who have acquired the fundamental knowledge of moral and religious truths.
All students must secure a valid Identification Card ID) at the beginning of each school year. Since Library Cards are no longer issued, the student’s ID serves as their passport in gaining entrance to the Library, through LOG ME.
Students may borrow two (2) fiction books for a period of 5 to 7 days and 3 non fiction books for 2 days. Borrowed books maybe renewed if not in demand.
Use of the OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalog) is on a “First Come, First Served” Basis.
Internet use, especially in accessing the Britannica Online is also on a “First Come, First Served” basis.
General Reference books, Reserve books, Periodicals, Theses and other Research materials are for Library reading room use only. However, parts of them may be photocopied upon request.
Reserved books and/or Filipiniana materials with more than one copy may be borrowed from the library for overnight use only starting at 3:00 P.M. and must be returned on the first library hour of the following class day.
All borrowed books must be returned on or before its due date. A corresponding over-due fine will be charged for books not returned after the due date:
P5.00 per day per book (Circulation materials – Fiction/Non-fiction), all students Grade School to College.
P10.00 per day per book for Reserved book and Filipiniana materials for all students, from Grade School to College.
Borrower assumes full responsibility for all materials borrowed under his/her name. Books must be properly handled, and cared for. Lost, dirtied and mutilated books should be replaced or be paid based on the current price of the book. An additional P50.00 processing fee and the corresponding over-due charges will also be collected.
Silence must be observed inside the library at all times to provide an atmosphere conducive to studying, reading and research work.
Eating and sleeping in the library are strictly prohibited.
Cleanliness and orderliness must be observed at all times. Trashcans for waste disposal are provided. Students are enjoined to fall in line when borrowing and returning books. Reference and Reserved books must be placed in the book cart or be left on top of the table after being read. Chairs must be pushed back under the tables after use.
Students caught in violation of the above library rules and regulations will be subject to disciplinary action and the suspension of their library privileges.
All personnel may avail of the Library facilities and resources by scanning their valid employee ID using the LOG ME.
Personnel are allowed to borrow two books at one time for as long as two months, subject for renewal provided no one has made any prior reservation for its use.
General Reference books, Reserved books, Periodicals, Theses and other
Research materials may only be used inside the library. However, parts of these books may be photocopied upon request.
Borrowers assume full responsibility for all borrowed books and they must be properly handled and cared for. Lost, dirtied and mutilated books should be replaced or be paid based on the current price of the books plus PHP 50.00 processing fee.
Use of Library Internet facilities is free of charge.
Assigned or substitute teachers must supervise students during their scheduled Library Hour at all times. It is not the duty of the Library staff to look after or monitor these students
Textbooks and other reference Instructional Materials are the responsibility of their respective department, who issue these materials to them, and are by no means under the responsibility of the library.
The Library should not be made a venue for meetings unless permission from the Chief Librarian is obtained.
Faculty members and students may avail of any material and/or equipment with the use of their valid school ID.
An IMC Requisition Form signed by the Teacher Adviser or Subject Teacher In-Charge is required when borrowing any material and/or equipment.
All materials and equipment must be reserved at least three days before the scheduled date of use and these requested materials will be made available by the IMC an hour before the scheduled use.
All materials and equipment are within the school premises use only and must be returned within an hour after use. A fine of P5.00 per hour will be charged to delinquent borrowers of equipment other than LCD and laptop which fine is pegged at P50.00/hour.
Reservation on the use of the media facilities must be made at least three days before the scheduled date of use, on a “first-come-first-serve” basis.
Borrower assumes full responsibility for all borrowed materials and equipment. They must be properly handled and cared for. Lost, dirtied and mutilated materials and equipment must be replaced or paid based on its current price.
Eating and sleeping inside the Media Center are strictly prohibited.
Cleanliness and orderliness must be observed at all times inside the IMC. Chairs must be replaced to its original position and/or location after use.
Violation of the above rules and regulations is subject to disciplinary action.