By Jelanie Rose T. Elvinia
Students and faculty do not have to go far to be able to read books and drink coffee at the same time as a library café recently opened its doors at the Oriental Hall.
The first of its kind inside the campus, the Rocks Coffee and the Byblos Library officially went into business last Jan. 18.
Both are owned by Silliman alumnus Bron Teves.
Teves said he, together with the administration, wanted to create a library that is in tune with the new generation. “We wanted it to be something that is out of the box. In other words, it will not be a boring place compared to the usual perception of a library. That’s why we provide amenities like the coffee shop,” he said.
In honor of his parents, Teves donated all of the 8,000 books now available for reading inside the library from his personal collection.
“Every time I travel, I end up buying a book. I cannot possibly read them every day in a short span of time so I might as well share it with everyone,” he said.
Teves added that the library’s mission is to be a space where students can study, have meaningful exchanges with friends, develop the love for books and learn to contribute towards world peace. He also said they are currently thinking of putting up a photocopier and printing services because the library café is a “dynamic and evolving thing.”
Students who want to read books inside the Byblos Library are not obliged to buy food or drinks but “just have to expect to be given a menu.”
Junior student Divine Cañafuego said she is thankful for having found a new hangout inside the campus.
“I am amazed. I have been to many coffee shops but there’s nothing like this. The books here are very informative plus the place is very accessible since it is inside the campus,” she said.
A quarter of the total number of books are about Christian education building. The rest are for general reading with special interest books such as novels, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, politics, history, religion and many more.
All reading must be done inside the Byblos Library for security and inventory purposes.