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Public Library (Biblioteca Publica)

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
Description: Run by volunteers, this library is the second largest bilingual library in Mexico.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Miguel
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Gringos hang out here at the coffee shop (best bacon sandwiches in town), to attend lectures and theater - great place to meet other gringos and to find out what is happening around the town.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was the largest library I've seen in Mexico. Thousands of books in both English and Spanish with a decent little poetry room too. There is a cafe along with lecture and small concert hall, which I'd love to attend in the future.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Go to the Biblioteca any day any time and there are people reading, eating, studying, attending plays, concerts, lecture, classes. It is the center of intellectual and cultural life in San Miguel. It houses the largest bilingual collection of books in Mexico.

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Mansfield, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Was a beautiful setting for a library with rooms around a large central courtyard with fountain. How terrific to see so many people reading and enjoying leisure time in a library on a Saturday afternoon.

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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The house and garden tour was fantastic. We toured two gorgeous homes and learned a bit about SMA from the very friendly tour guide. Prior to the tour, there's great live music in the courtyard. The tour is run by volunteers who were all very friendly, and the proceeds from the tour go toward funding children's programs, so it's a... More

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Villages, FL
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Perfect place for people watching, reading or free wifi. The Santa Ana cafe has great coffee and some interesting food items on their menu. Outdoor feeling but plenty of places in case it rains.

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This library serves as a center for all things cultural in SMA. The evening language exchange is a fun way to meet locals and practice your Spanish and for them to practice their English. The Sunday morning house tour is an interesting way to get behind the walls of some fabulous houses. The cafe is ok, but the service is... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Here's your spot. There are better places in SMA for coffee, drinks, breakfast, etc. Don't be afraid! Branch out a little bit! But if you have to speak English with your server, and have decent food and coffee, then the Biblioteca is fine. Don't be ashamed to go there, but don't stay too long...lots of other great stuff just a... More

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Banning, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Biblioteca started in 1954 is one place to visit and hangout. If one is interested in chess there are community members willing to play. The library has books in both English and Spanish for the community. My wife and I attended a Jazz concert April 12 and it was outstanding. We go to the biblioteca to also eat lunch... More

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The social and intellectual center of the expatriate community. They organize a house and garden tour on Sundays.

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