Merida English Library

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Merida English Library
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Merida English Library is based on the model of the classic, local public library, which is the centerpiece of every community in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to provide English language materials in all formats to meet the information, educational and recreational needs of English-speaking people of all ages in the diverse communities which make up Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Its also a great place for a visitor to meet other English-speaking people and see what is going on in the expat community in Merida. Everyone is welcome to use the library during regular hours. To check-out books, you must become a member. For membership fees, visit our website.
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sjw11
Michigan197 contributions
I was just a vacationing visitor, but several expats told me of lectures and events hosted by the library. So, we went to one.

The library hosted an evening with Steve Katz, a founding member of the band Blood, Sweat and Tears. It was very well attended and a charming evening of music and reminiscences by Steve. He also did some songs with another expat guitarist and singer, Russ (sorry! forgot the last name but he was also soooooo talented!).

The library staff did a great job in hosting the event and handling the large crowd to ensure that we could all see and hear everything well.

We had a great time!
Written February 10, 2020
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Thanks for the review! The Steve Katz concert was so much fun! We hope we can do it again in the future.
Written August 20, 2020
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Carol
14 contributions
Purchased tickets for the two day art tour, 44 artists in 33 studios. This was certainly a highlight of our visit to Merida, interesting and talented artists sharing their works and techniques, incredible homes all over Centro. A great way to not only meet people, see great art, explore the city and the diversity of homes.
Written March 1, 2020
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We're happy to hear you enjoyed the Artist Studio Tour. It is an amazing fundraiser put together by the coolest volunteers! Also, we're so happy to partner with so many talented artists every year to bring this event to our community.
Written August 20, 2020
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pgbctraveller
Prince George, Canada41 contributions
Friends
A great opportunity to see inside some beautiful restored/renovated homes in Centro area. After meeting at the English Library we were offered coffee and pastries while learning some of the history of Merida. George shared some great information about the buildings and pasta tiles and then we were off with our guide. We saw 3 beautiful homes that the owners graciously opened up to us. They each shared some of their personal stories and answered many questions. Thank you... amazing! Well worth the 250 pesos! And it goes to support this great library.
Written February 4, 2020
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Phil G
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico49 contributions
The library has a large selection of books and DVDs, frequent events (including a two-day weekend art walk - superb), and twice weekly English conversation clubs. A drawback is that it is closed in the afternoon, but well worth a visit. No food except for coffee, softdrinks, etc.
Written April 14, 2020
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Thank you for visiting, Phil! We hope we can open our doors to the public soon.
Written August 20, 2020
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Lynne Z
Gold Coast, Australia242 contributions
Solo
I was in MEL this morning, about 30mins before closing. A Mexican man came in to enquire about membership for his whole family. The woman on the desk interrupted his question to snarl at him "Do you speak English?" "yes" he replied. "THEN SPEAK IT!" she shouted at him. I am appalled that someone thinks it is OK to speak to another like that, especially when she is a guest in his country.
I will not return and will tell everyone I know not to support MEL.
Written January 18, 2014
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londoner_in_yucatan
Merida, Yucatan2,026 contributions
The Library is only 5 mins walk from the Zocalo (main square). It is on Calle 53 between 66 & 68. It's run by volunteers within the English speaking community & has over 14,000 items, including books of all types, DVDs, etc.

If you are staying for a short time, you may want to look at their second hand books for sale at US$1. If you are in the city for a longer period (e.g. the winter), you might be interested in getting a year's membership, which will cost about US$20.

Besides books, they also sell plants, have conversation evenings where you can practice your Spanish, social gatherings & organise seminars, walking tours & more.

The staff are friendly & welcoming. For more details visit [-].
Written October 28, 2007
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deniandbob
Merida, Mexico32 contributions
Couples
This is a great place to go if you are looking for a book in English just or to enjoy some of the constant social events. You can take one of the weekly house tours that provide an excellent peek into some of the modest and grand old colonial houses, often amazingly renovated and restored. There are wine tastings, Spanish language evenings, and much more. If you would like to meet and chat with some of the increasing expat population, this is the place to check out. There is a quiet garden where you can sit and catch up on some of the recent magazines or relax with a coffee and one of the diverse books available. Parking on the street is frankly impossible near the library, but there might be a spot or two on the parking lot behind the buildings just across the street. Just turn into the lane between the houses opposite. However, if you circle the adjacent blocks, you will usually find a parking spot, and there are public parking lots in the general vicinity within a short walking distance. Most expats living in the Centro (historic district) just walk there since its ideally located near the more desirable sections of the Centro.
There is a modest annual fee, well worth the cost and there is a monthly newsletter distributed by email to keep you up to speed on upcoming events.
Written May 18, 2015
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Natalie C
Merida, Mexico14 contributions
They have good books, that aren't too easy to find. Books not that common to see. They have many books and many different sections. There is a sections just for kids of all ages. There's s nice terrace and they sell some plants. You can also practice your English if it isn't you first language. Or meet new friends if you are English or American.
Written August 16, 2016
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Merida97070
CHARLOTTE, United States41 contributions
Solo
If you find you have a little extra time, or just want to slow the pace down a bit, then visit this library. It is a short distance from the old town square, and have a variety of programs they host. I had the pleasure of participating in their weekly language night. If you want to improve your Spanish speaking skills, or help locals improve their English speaking skills - this is an excellent program - and it is free to participate.
Written July 27, 2016
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Chesebrough
Douglas, MA11 contributions
Family
We took their house tour and visited 3 houses. The guide was an informative English woman who lives in Merida. We learned how new generations of family often will get a piece of the existing house and in turn it gets painted a different color which is discovered by seeing the same architectural details, windows, eaves, etc. One of the houses we saw was a big, beautiful restored casa and it turned out the owner, who was there, originally lived in the same small Massachusetts town we live in. Small world!
Written November 18, 2015
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Merida English Library is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM