Why not start off with the city’s most well-known and architecturally remarkable library? Designed by Alberto Kalach, this library is famed for its suspended bookshelves that hold around 106,000 titles and has been pleasing visitors since it opened in 2006. Other key features include the huge whale skeleton that hangs in the central passageway and the labyrinthine garden. Biblioteca Vasconcelos may not have an English language section, but it’s easily one of the best libraries in the city.
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.
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.