Jose Vasconcelos Library

Jose Vasconcelos Library


The modular, post modern look of the library will appeal to architects and photographers. The building’s design was determined by an international architecture competition.  Alberto Kalach was the winning architect from Mexico and conceptualized the library as an Ark of Knowledge, focusing on computer technologies and space flexibility.  One of the most well-known art installations in the building is Mátrix Mòvil by Gabriel Orozco. The whale bone sculpture hangs permanently in the library, towering above you as you walk through the main part of the building.

Jose Vasconcelos Library Mexico

flickr image by Marcela Guerra

As an emblem of Mexico, the library hosts concerts, theatre productions, dance performances, lectures, exhibitions and other cultural events. Pre-registration is required for some activities. The library is a beacon in a city area where there is a lot of traffic, public housing and a power station.

A botanical garden surrounds the library, quieting the noises of the urban sprawl.  Trees that can be found in the garden are ash, cypress, oak, and fruit. Different layers of the garden feature colours and textures of vegetation. Open courtyards provide outdoor reading areas that reflect the four seasons and connect the library to a nearby train station.  The library also has a bookshop, cafeteria, music room, auditorium, conference rooms and hundreds of computers with internet access. Books rest on crystal shelves and steel frames that hang from different levels of the building.

The children’s room is on the ground and first floor.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and bags must be deposited in a cloak room at the room’s entrance.  The music room even loans out musical instruments for use in the courtyard, however, a library card or other ID is required.  A multimedia room is even available for group screenings of films.  You should consult a librarian for viewing and borrowing materials.

Free tours of the library can be made 15 days in advance, lasting 30 to 45 minutes.

The library is near Buenavista Station where you can take the Metro, Suburban Train or Metrobus.
Eje 1 Norte esq. Aldama s/n. Col. Buenavista,
Del. Cuauhtémoc, México D.F., 06350
Mexico City, Mexico

Date posted: 20th May, 2014

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