Mexico City has a wide selection of spectacular bookstores
for all of your book buying needs, but what about your book borrowing ones? Luckily, the Mexican capital boasts a wide selection of libraries from which you can take your pick. Whether you’re looking to ogle over centuries old texts or soak up modernist architecture, Mexico City
has a library for everyone; here are the seven most impressive.
Building, Library, University
UNAM’s Biblioteca Central is housed in an iconic building covered with eye catching, instantly recognizable Juan O’Gorman mosaics that recount the history of Mexico. As it’s a university library situated quite appropriately in UNAM’s Ciudad Universitaria, you can find a number of general interest and specialist texts that cover all of the main disciplines, including finance, music and literature. First opened in 1956, it now has over 600,000 documents, archives and books.
Biblioteca Central UNAM, Circuito Interior S/N, Coyoacán, Ciudad Universitaria, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5622 1625
Biblioteca de México
Biblioteca de México
Located just behind the Ciudadela in Mexico City, the Biblioteca de México is the main public library in the city and was first inaugurated in 1946. With over 250,000 volumes, this vast edifice also plays host to five individual, personal libraries named after famed Mexican writers including Carlos Monsiváis and Antonio Castro Leal. Aside from the ‘standard’ book collection, the Biblioteca de México also houses a braille library for the visually impaired and hosts expositions and functions.
Biblioteca de México, Tolsa 4, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 4155 0830
Biblioteca Nacional de México, UNAM
Often side-lined in favor of the aforementioned Biblioteca Central, this second UNAM library, Biblioteca Nacional de México, is a gem. In addition to housing more than 1,250,000 books and documents (including some of the oldest and rarest in the world), it also boasts the original copy of Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo and manuscripts from Benito Juárez and Doctor Atl. Originally founded in 1867, the architecture is almost as astounding as the literary collections housed there.
Biblioteca Nacional de México, Av. Universidad 3000, Coyoacán, Cd. Universitaria, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5622 6820
Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada
We round off our guide to Mexico City’s most impressive libraries with this tiny but worthy entry: Aeromoto. Situated in the Zona Rosa of the city, it specializes in contemporary art titles, meaning you can borrow not buy — and save some money on the hefty price tag that these types of books often come with! Only members can take the books away from Aeromoto to peruse at home, but anyone can wander in and browse the titles at leisure.
Aeromoto, Calle Venecia 23, Cuauhtémoc, Juárez, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5207 6620