Tuesday, January 10, 2006

College of Law: Malcom/Espiritu Hall

Libraries are becoming a favourite for our top floors. The College of Law's main building, is legally one of the most beautiful buildings on campus. It has the same feel as most of the buildings in the block (there's an "ancestral home" vibe to the older buildings in campus - red clay tiles, marble, tall ceilings and pillars). The building itself has a U-shape that rises to three levels. Right in the middle of it, which seems like an extension put in the huge courtyard of the College of Law, is an auditorium on the first floor, and starting the second floor, all the way until the fifth floor, is the Law Library. According to a memorial tablet upon the entrance of the library, that particular structure was established in 1983, refer here for the full history of the establishment of the library.

Entering the library building will be most easy if you're a University student/faculty. Just present your ID to the guard, and fill out a purpose. I didn't put there "to check out the upper floors" instead I wrote "plea for insanity." I was accompanied by my friend Angelica, and for pity for her almost lost dreams of being a veterinarian, I wrote her purpose to be "animal rights." V. just.

The stairs stopped at the fourth floor of the library building (fifth level on the main one). It was under construction.

I would have loved to access it. But I don't do plywood doors. Locked doors, I can try, but not when I hear a lot of chainsaw-ing and hammering. So maybe we should stick to the pseudotopfloor.

This floor is the Reserved Section of the Law Library. There is a wide sitting area. There's also a nifty room that was labelled CD-ROM Service. Nifty, but not at all super techy (what is this word, CD-ROM?)

But don't worry, the construction is meant to jazz up the Law Library. Aside from an extended reading area, the College of Law is planning to have an Internet café. So for aspiring attorneys who happen to give justice to the words "On-line addict" this is for you. The fact that it's a café assumes the nature of it being a business, but alas, this is law in the third world.


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