Reading is always an entertainment for the mind, as we can learn about history or create a different world full of fantasy. To gain a little bit of culture you do not have to waste money on new books. Instead, you can visit many of the public libraries that we have in our city.
Here are some of our recommendations:
- The Mexican Library inaugurated in 1946, is located in the neighborhood of Cuauhtémoc. It has over 40,000 volumes placed all over its beautiful historic building where you can also enjoy many cultural activities such as exhibitions and plays.
- The National Mexican Library is located inside the National University (UNAM) campus. It was founded in 1867, and it holds over one million books, being the greatest bibliographic repository in our country. Its reserved hall was designed to preserve unique copies that need special care.
- Also at UNAM, you can find the Central Library with more than 80,000 books focused on a multidisciplinary approach for most of the professional majors in the complex. The frontage of the building is full of stunning murals painted by the Mexican artist Juan O´Gorman. This building, along with some others in the campus, has been recognized as a World Heritage Site since 2007.
- Jose Vasconcelos Library in Buenavista, which was inaugurated in 2006, is one of the most recognized and modern libraries in the world. It offers over 500,000 titles that include books, cd’s, newspapers and magazines that you can check on site or even take home for free. It is surrounded by an impressive garden with more than 60,000 plant species!
- Last but not least, The Benjamin Franklin Library from the Embassy of the United States of America features a wide collection of varied material since 1942. Although it is mainly focused on the American social and cultural history, it is worth the visit as you can find information on diverse topics such as Economy, Arts and Environment.