The Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALiWW) is an archival facility and one of the Special Collections of the Rizal Library. Established in 1994 by Dr Edna Manlapaz and Dr Soledad Reyes, it is proudly the first of its kind in the Philippines and in this part of the world. ALiWW's mandate is summed up by three Ps: "Procure, Preserve, and Promote" writings by, and about, Filipino women in various disciplines such as literature, journalism, history, medicine, and more.



ALiWW shall endeavor to become a premier archival facility in the Philippines and Asia, by developing a unique and distinctive, Filipino women writers-based archival collection that will contribute to the enrichment of Philippine culture and heritage through ALiWW’s dedication to meet the needs of its patrons, its support of appropriate technology; the excellence of its collections; the commitment of its staff to its clientele and the very highest ideals of library and archival service.


ALiWW’s mission is to build, develop, preserve, and promote its collections of Filipino women’s writings in the field of humanities, social sciences, and other fields of human endeavor in support of the University’s mission and vision. It will also provide quality services and resources to fulfill the instructional, research, and outreach programs of the university and at the same time, meet the cultural needs and interest of its patrons, and to serve as a tribute to the donors and their families.

Purpose and Objectives

In pursuance of the goals of the Ateneo de Manila University, an institution that includes among its objectives the pursuit of truth and the study and enrichment of Philippine culture, ALiWW exists for the following purposes:

  • to identify and collect archival materials, both published and unpublished, of or about Filipino women in all areas of Philippine life;
  • to arrange, describe, and preserve the collections for posterity;
  • to make available these collections to bonafide researchers and readers;
  • to promote the collections through lectures, exhibits, publications, research grants, and other special projects.

Ateneo Library of Women's Writings

1st Level Special Collections Building, Rizal Library
Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights campus
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City

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