Oaxaca Lending Library (OLL)
Pino Suárez 519 (just south of El Llano Park), Centro Histórico
Mon-Fri:10AM-2PM; 4-7PM. Sat:10AM-1PM (Open all day mid-Oct to mid-Mar.
Tel: 518-7077 www.oaxlibrary.org
Founded in 1966, this collection of 30,000-plus volumes, mostly in English, is the largest lending library in the city. Everyone is welcome to browse the books, snack at the coffee bar, and read the magazines and newspapers, but you must be a member to borrow books. Special rates are available for short term visitors.
The Library is the de facto social and cultural center for the English-speaking community of Oaxaca. It sponsors a wealth of lectures, readings, discussion groups, excursions, and more. If you are here for an extended stay and are looking for cultural activities, volunteer opportunities, or just want to meet other English-speakers, stop by the Library or check their website. You can also subscribe to their weekly on-line newsletter.
Welte Institute for Oaxacan Studies
Emilio Carranza 203, Colonia Reforma
Tel: 513-8323 www.welte.org firstname.lastname@example.org
For anyone interested in delving more deeply into the anthropology, archaeology, history or sociology of Oaxaca, the Welte Institute is the place to go. It offers the most comprehensive, most accessible and best organized collection of material on Oaxaca in both English and Spanish. The Institute serves as a center for scholars and students researching Oaxaca and so is a good place to connect with academic-types.