Opened on April 13, 1919, the Cebu City Public Library and Information Center traces its roots from the Cebu Branch Library of the Philippine Library and Museum, which later on became the National Library of the Philippines. Ilo-Ilo Chief Librarian Guillermo Restun organized the library and led its opening.
To realize the project, the government of Cebu City shouldered the operating funds and maintenance errands of the library. Management difficulties pushed the government to set an organization for the library in 1938.
Until today, the Rizal Memorial Library and Museum remains the permanent home of the Cebu City Public Library and Information Center. The three-story building serves as a fountain of knowledge among education-conscious residents of Cebu.
However, during the Second World War, the Japanese Army utilized the building as its primary headquarters. Many of the books became part of the casualties left by the war. The library reopened in 1953 due to public clamor.
On March 9, 2018, the Cebu City Public Library and Information Center started to operate 24 hours and seven days a week upon the directive of Mayor Tomas Osmena. The first library to operate 24/7 in the Philippines, the Cebu library serves as a nice place conducive for learning. It doesn’t charge visitors and offers free access to Wi-Fi. Students can also bring their tumblers and coffee inside.