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“Soooo much more than a library!!”

Public Library (Biblioteca Publica)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Run by volunteers, this library is the second largest bilingual library in Mexico.
Reviewed August 10, 2012

"Library" doesn't start to do justice to this wonderful spot It was started over 50 years ago and has become perhaps the heart of the town for many people. It does amazing fund-raising and outreach to (over 100, I think) schools in the countryside, and it also provides classes in English, computers, and reading to Mexicans. Plus, it is a melting pot for the two major communities in San Miguel, the expats and foreigners, and the locals. It puts on fabulous events in a small theater, has a beautiful cafe, and even incredible murals! I could go on and on...but experience it for yourself and also be sure to get Atención, the bilingual weekly paper they publish that showcases the diversity and richness of this community in espanol and English!!

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Reviewed August 4, 2012

The events that the library sponsors are very good. The books that they have are disappointing. I found cook books in 4 different places (the English section, the Spanish section, the Reference section, and the Latin American section). And they weren't good cookbooks anyway. The books on San Miguel were meager.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

This tour was boring and a disappointment. The houses were not very intrresting. I could have seen nicer interiors on my own!

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

The biblioteca in San Miguel de Allende is a must stop for any visitor. It is located off of Insurgencia. They are said to have the largest collection of books in English in all of Latin America. This is the place to meet catch a tour of Homes and Gardens of SMA, with the proceeds going to support the library. It is a place to hear lectures, see community plays, films and to take classes. You can participate in "intercambios" helping others to learn English as you learn Spanish. You can pick up the latest copy of Atencion, a weekly news publication of the going ons in SMA, which is both in English and Spanish. Or you can simply sit in the lovely courtyard, read a book, be on the internet and listen to the water fountain! Make it your hub to SMA.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Visitors & residents alike meet at the library courtyard, on Sunday mornings at 11:30 AM, for a tour through 3 beautiful and architecturally interesting homes and walled gardens. A bus picks you up at the library although you may walk to homes close to the library. In March, we saw a city home, another in the neighboring countryside built by an artist and one in the "suburbs" close to town. Great ideas for decorating your own Shangri-La. In Spring 2012, cost was 200 pesos per person, not only a great deal but a chance to connect with expats to find out why they are moving to this fascinating little city.
We were serenaded by the children's choir in the courtyard prior to leaving on the tour. The library runs arts programs for children of San Miguel run by expats who strongly support giving back to the community.
One of the highlights of our trip to the area.

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