MERCED-I stands for Mindanao Educational Resources for Curricular Enhancement and Development-Initiatives. The program is a multiple set of databases accessible on the net and harvested for purposes of enhancing and supplementing both the existing physical and minimal online library collections. The collective effort of the staff facilitated the supplementation of these databases. Thus, the letter I in the program stands for the initiative.

Initially, MERCED-I is composed of Open Educational Resources (OER), FOCRAP (Free and Open Content and Resources for Academic Purposes), and the entire content of the UP Mindanao Library’s website, ALARM. Further expansion is in the pipeline. MERCED-Initiatives on JO (Journals Online), PDF (Portable Document File),

The MERCED-I (Mindanao Educational Resources for Curricular Enhancement and Development – Initiatives) collection of pdf e-books is a hyperlinked resource of electronic books in portable document format. Sourced from PDF Drive, it is a “free search engine that allows you to search, preview, and download millions of PDF files onto your devices. Its crawlers constantly scan the world wide web to add PDF files to their database.

Using PDF Drive’s resources, the UP Mindanao Library is organizing these PDF e-Books based on the university’s curricular offerings, alongside titles for leisurely purposes. The UP Mindanao Library respects the intellectual property rights of PDF Drive and its sources in accordance with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the text of which may be found on the U.S. Copyright Office website.

MERCED-I takes its inspiration from other institutions of higher learning (IHL) around the globe and hopes to enlarge the collections through the same initiative and motivation that started it. Contributions through gifts and donations from supporters and well-meaning friends both inside and outside of academia are most welcome.