Hidden libraries of the CDMX (I): The historic center

Hidden libraries of the CDMX (I): The historic center

If you already know the law and vice versa Vasconcelos or the Mexico Library ... Are you looking for new horizons to inform you or do research? In this article we will tell you about those camouflaged libraries, of hiding in one of the largest and busiest cities such as Mexico City, which by a little-or-null-diffusion are solitary spaces, however, they are very vast and are dispersed by the whole city. All at your fingertips with a valid ID and filling out a sheet for statistics.

Jaime Torres Bodet Library

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The Museum of Mexico City has the Jaime Torres Bodet Library, specialized in the history of Mexico City. In its reserved fund are documents from the 19th century. Its collection covers a good part of the cultural, political, social life of the city from the colony to the present day. They have the room consultation service, interlibrary loan and reprography.

¿Donde? José María Pino Suárez, 30. Col. Center. City Hall Cuauhtémoc. Mexico City. From Tuesday to Sunday, 10: 00 - 18: 00 hrs.



Tel: 55420487. Ext.102

Lombardo Toledano Historical Fund Library

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This library belongs to the Universidad Obrera de México, specialized in social sciences, and about the illustrious character that bears his name. They have more than 20,000 books.

¿Donde? San Ildefonso, 72. Historic Center of Mexico City. 06020 Opening hours and days: Monday through Friday from 10: 00 am to 18: 00 pm


Tels .: (55) 4744 2400 ext. 115


José María Lafragua Library

Belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this library is a broad historical heritage of Mexican diplomacy. Located in the old College of the Holy Cross of Tlatelolco, it has more than 200,000 volumes organized in four sections: general collection, reserved fund, photo library, and periodicals.


Av. Ricardo Flores Magón no. 1, col. Guerrero, CP 06995, Mexico City Schedule from Monday to Friday, from 9: 00 to 15: 00 hrs.


Tel. 36-86-51-00, exts. 4874 and 4501.


Miguel Lerdo de Tejada Library

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Its baroque facade is emblematic. Today it is part of the Ministry of Finance. The murals were painted by artist Vlady. It has a large collection of information about nineteenth-century life in Mexico, the social sciences and the humanities. Likewise, it has a reserved fund with works from the 16th to the 18th century. There are generally activities such as concerts or book presentations.


Republic of El Salvador 49, corner with Bolivar, CP 6080, Mexico, Mexico City. From Monday to Friday, 09: 00 - 17: 00 hrs.


Tel. (55) 3688 9837


National College Library

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The COLNAL library is composed of works and research carried out by the members of this institution - great researchers from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. He has books on exact, biological and health sciences, social sciences and humanities. In this same place there is a bookstore and conferences, seminars and courses for the general public are often held.


104 donceles. Historical Center. Cuauhtemoc. CDMX 06020



T: (52) (55) 5789 4330

José Gurría Library

It is part of the National Coordination of Historic Monuments. It has more than 6,500 volumes on viceregal architecture and art history. They have 4 main sections: consultation, reserved fund and consultation, hemerographic collection and General Collection.


Major Mail n. 11 PB Center. CP 06060, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City. Monday through Friday from 9 to 14 hrs.


Tels .: (55) 4040 5600 ext. 413019

Rogerio Casas-Alatriste Library

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It specializes in design and decorative arts, housing works that range from the 16th to the 19th century. However, its vast collection of old books is constantly enriched with contemporary books that keep it in force and encourage research. It has more than 22 thousand volumes organized in funds; one of the best known is the Cervantes Fund, consisting of more than 800 unusual editions of Don Quijote de la Mancha.


Av. Hidalgo, 45. Historic Center, Mexico City, Mexico, CP 06300.

Bank of Mexico Library

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The library was not intended as a public library; However, and thanks to its popularity, it has opened its doors to the general public. It has an extensive catalog on economy and tax administration, obviously focused on public finances. It has the room loan service, however, the home loan is exclusive for employees of this government agency.


Republic of Uruguay #62. Col. Centro, 06000, Mexico City, Mexico. Attention on business days from 9: 00 to 17: 00 hours.


Telephone: + 52 (55) 52372000 ext.4789 and 5791


National Museum of Art Library

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This library has ample having made up more than 25,000 books that span from the 16th century to the present. As well as nineteenth and twentieth magazines.

¿Donde? Tacuba 8, Historic Center. CP 06010, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City.


Tels .: (55) 8647 5430 ext. 5061


Sister Juana Cloister Library

The library is located in the courtyard of the Cypresses. It consists of more than 67 thousand specialized volumes in humanities. It is open to the general public, they also have audiovisual material, thesis, and magazines. If you go, do not forget to visit the feline residents of the cloister.

¿Donde? Izazaga 92. Historical Center. CDMX 06080 Service hours from 07: 00 to 19: 00 hours, Monday through Friday.


Tel. 51303300

CDMX is a metropolis full of culture. Many institutions have their own libraries, however, these free spaces are often not widely disseminated and may be in danger. I hope that through social networks we can share more libraries and documentation centers that abound in our city. In future deliveries, the south of the city, Polanco, Roma-Condesa, University City, and more will be addressed.


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