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Public Library (Biblioteca Publica)

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Address: Avenida Insurgentes 15 | entre calle Hidalgo y Hernández Macias, San Miguel de Allende 37700, Mexico
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+52 415 152 0293
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Run by volunteers, this library is the second largest bilingual library in...

Run by volunteers, this library is the second largest bilingual library in Mexico.

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This is where I start and end my days in San Miguel. The courtyard is a favorite place for reading and people watching--and when the spirit moves me I slide over to the wonderful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is where I start and end my days in San Miguel. The courtyard is a favorite place for reading and people watching--and when the spirit moves me I slide over to the wonderful cafe for a coffee and sweet roll. Then I'm off for a stroll, some more people watching, and then back to La Biblioteca for some late... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tourists should go to the Biblioteca on Calle Insurgentes and Calle Relox. The Tienda in the Biblioteca sells tickets to English speaking guided local tours , musical events, and other cultural events. It has two small performing areas, which each offer frequent performances as well. It is where you go to buy the english local newspaper, Attencion It even offers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful resource center! While I was in San Miguel de Allende I attended many movies and seminars at the Biblioteca!

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Bibliotheca is the start and finish of a visit to San Miguel. Here we did the home tour, shopped in their gift store, got the latest goings on,and were in amazement of the resources available to all. If you don't visit here or appreciate the best that San Miguel has to offer, then you might as well stayed home.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They provide not only great information but also tours. We took the home tour and had a great visit of two homes in the area. The staff is very knowledgable about San Miguel

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Fairbanks, AK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to know what is going on in SMA, you have to come here. It is where you get the weekly paper, but also where to book tours that usually all benefit a charity. Great restaurant attached to it and it also hosts all sorts of performances and movies.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Started out at the Biblioteca. We were taken by bus to 3 different places of manufacturing. Jewellery, weaving carpets, and crafts papier mache. Each one was interesting and we were able to purchase. Show the process in each place and it was so interesting.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots going on here! Classes, meeting place, music and film. Saw wonderful documentary recently followed by Q and A and margaritas! All for 100 pesos! Have heard wonderful musicians as well. Go to gift shop to get weekly edition of Atencion and learn what will be happening in SMA! There's also a wonderful cafe

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This institution is much more than a library. It is run by a Board who sponsor a number of activities, mostly associated with children - all of them worthwhile and well run. They raise money through the cafe, hire of facilities (a theatre and a room for lectures), the little shop, the second-hand clothes store and tours of local homes... More 

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is gorgeous, not to mention helpful & friendly. There are books on the place & culture, gift items, 2nd hand books for sale, & they host alot of events. We consistently heard-"It's at Biblioteca!".

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