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“Amazing 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.
Guadalajara, Mexico
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 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.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Amelia Island, Florida
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46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“You will stop here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

Sooner or later everyone ends up visiting the Biblioteca. I believe it has one of the largest if not the largest collection of Spanish language books in Latin America. Of course there are thousands of English language books also. Magazines, periodicals, etc are there for you reading. A nice open courtyard, over hangs, many places to sit and read or just relax and people watch. There are many rooms for lectures, poetry readings, piano recitals etc. Not to mention the Santa Ana theatre and the restaurant which was recently completely renovated. Oh and not to forget the free WiFi.

Visited July 2014
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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100 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A cultural treasure for eeryone”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2014
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Mansfield, Texas
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love the courtyard setting!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“House and Garden Tour - Biblioteca Publica”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 great experience all around. I highly recommend taking this tour. Even if you can't make the tour (it's on Sundays), I think you will enjoy visiting the biblioteca and relaxing there in the courtyard.

Visited May 2014
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