The Migration Information Resource Center (MIRC), with its vast collection of books, articles and papers, serves as the foremost library and databank on labor and migration in the country.
Launched on March 12, 2007, the MIRC intends to cater to the growing needs of Filipino workers, researches and students for more information on various migration issues in the Philippines and around the world.
Dedicated to the millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) throughout the world, the MIRC is envisioned to be the country’s biggest resource center of its kind by providing key and vital information on labor, migration and overseas employment to its clients.
Through its vast collection of books, journals and materials and with the support off its partners and sponsors, the MIRC seeks to join hands with various migration stakeholders in uplifting the welfare and dignity of the Overseas Filipino Worker.
Mission & Vision
The Center proactively pursues a mission of providing leadership in promoting information-sharing on the challenges of migration and the critical issues affecting migrants worldwide and building an enabling environment for migration policy development.
The Center shall be at the forefront in advancing migration policy development and migration research. Through its collaboration with local and international migration agencies, international organizations and community partners, the Center will enhance access to knowledge, encourage scholarly communication and promote information resource-sharing among stakeholders.
The Center is managed by the ILS, with the help and support of its partner agencies, namely, DOLE Library, POEA, OWWA, NMP, NRCO and MTC. It consists of a central library at the ILS with links to the satellite libraries of the respective partner agencies. The satellite libraries maintain migration information resource collections particular to their functions.
The Center and its satellite units are conducive to study and research. It contains a vast collection of books, periodicals, print journals, databank materials, and electronic materials relating to migration. The Center is fully-equipped with computers for online researches and access to online information materials such as e-journals, downloadable publications, databases and online libraries.
The Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays. Lending and information services begin at 9:00 a.m.
The MIRC collects information resources in many formats to support its specialized collection which include but are not limited to the following: human rights, law and legal institutions, remittances for development, human trafficking, globalization, trade in services, brain drain, brain gain, welfare and poverty, displacement, labor standards, transnational and global exchanges, migration and immigration.
Accessing the Collection
To search for available information resources, library visitors may use computer terminals provided at the Center to refer to the CD-ISIS cataloguing system or seek the assistance of the librarian for their research concerns. The Center adopts an open-shelf policy; visitors are free to scan the shelves and browse books that they may need for their research.
Visitors of the Center may access materials available at the satellite libraries through the Center’s e-library links or through inter-library loans.
The MIRC currently has a wide-ranging collection of books, annual reports, journals, studies and periodicals on migration issues.
Printed Journals and Serials
The MIRC houses sets of journals and serial publications from the ILS’ different local and international organization, agencies and institutions, which are engaged in research endeavors on migration and labor and employment issues. They include IOM Migration Research Series, International Labour Review, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Philippine Labor Review, The World Bank Research Observer and the Philippine Journal of Industrial Relations
In addition to its collection of books and printed journals, the MIRC has also an online databank of e-journals relating labor and migration, which can be access at the computer workstations inside the library such as the IOM Migration Research Series, International Migration Papers (IOM), Perspectives on Labor Migration (ILO) and the Monthly Labor Review Online (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor), among others.
Aside from books, journals and online materials, the MIRC also has lots of major daily newspapers, magazines and newsletters in its resources such as the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and BusinessWorld.
The Migration Information Resource Center is located at 5F DOLE Bldg. Muralla St. cor. Gen. Luna St. Intramuros 1002 Manila, Philippines