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"Jose Vasconcelos" Library of Mexico (La Ciudadela)

ATTRACTIONS · Culture every day, MICE
Free

classification

Book Stores, Newspaper archives, Meeting places

schedule

Mon
08:30-19:30
Today
08:30-19:30
Wed
08:30-19:30
Thu
08:30-19:30
Fri
08:30-19:30
Sat
08:30-19:30
Sun
08:30-19:30

at your disposal

+52 (55) 4155 0830

How to get

Plaza de la Ciudadela #4, Col. Centro. 06400, Alameda

in detail

It was founded in 1946 thanks to José Vasconcelos, who ran it until his death in 1959. The Library is located in a building from the late eighteenth century, in the historic center of the city, which has been the scene of important political events in national life. It served as a prison for the leader of Independence, José María Morelos, and part of the military forces that led to the overthrow of President Madero in 1913 took refuge within it.

Inaugurated in 2006, the building is a magnificent work of contemporary architecture. It is built in steel, marble, granite, glass and wood. The garden surrounding the building has more than 60,000 examples of 168 tree species.

Inside you can see the floating work "Matrix Mobile" by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who transformed the bone structure of a gray whale of over eleven meters into a unique piece of art.

The library offers all readers a collection of over 580,000 books, collections of multimedia material, children's books, books in Braille and music. All distributed over more than 40,000 linear meters of pendant shelf steel.

It offers both an on-site and take home loan service of materials. Its facilities include a multimedia room, music room, children's room, multipurpose rooms and splendid panoramic terraces where you can enjoy reading with different views of the city.

Cultural and artistic exhibitions, lectures, plays, concerts, workshops, book presentations, stories and more are also available.

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