Upcoming OLL activities...

Pino Suarez 519

Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico 68000

(951) 518-7077

library [at] oaxlibrary.org

Open Mon - Fri  10 - 2 & 4 - 7  |  Saturdays 10 - 1

Extended hours October 20, 2014 - March 20, 2015:

Mon - Fri  10 am - 7 pm  |  Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm

a        Closed Sundays and Mexican National Holidays


Bienvenidos ~ Welcome

Book carriers wanted!
We have had several new books added to our collection.  Check out the new book shelf behind the circulation desk!  If you are going to the US and can bring back a book or two on our wish list (see “Current Wish List” on lower left of this page), please contact Rebecca Severeide (rsevereide [at] pobox.com).  Donations always accepted. mailto:rsevereide@pobox.comshapeimage_1_link_0


  1. Bullet  OLL 2015 Action Plan (English (pdf)

  2. Bullet  Nueva colección de libros en español / New additions to Spanish language collection

  3. Bullet  Authors Among Us in the OLL community

  4. Bullet  Recently added Books & DVDs are listed on OLL’s online library catalog page

  5. Bullet  Books and DVDs for Book Salons

  6. Bullet  Library Renovation Updates and Photos

  7. Bullet  Links to Newspapers, Magazines, Book Reviews, and other Oaxaca libraries

  8. Bullet  Free Emergency Contact Information [pdf] form

  9. Bullet  Friends of Oaxaca Lending Library on Facebook

  10. Bullet  Follow the OLL on Twitter

  11. Bullet  Libros Para Pueblos

  12. Bullet  Margie Barclay’s Oaxaca Calendar of Events


Current Wish List

If you are coming from the US and can carry books down for us, please contact Rebecca Severeide, rsevereide [at] pobox.com. We need one month’s notice to allow for shipping items to you.  Donations always appreciated.


  1. Bullet  Dreaming Spies: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King

  2. Bullet  Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

  3. Bullet  Thanksgiving by Michael Dibdin

  4. Bullet  The Vine by Michael Dibdin


  1. Bullet  The Sins of the Fathers by Jeffery Archer

  2. Bullet  Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffery Archer

  3. Bullet  Tapestry of Fortune by Elizabeth Berg

  4. Bullet  Until the Real Thing Comes Along by Elizabeth Berg

  5. Bullet  Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

  6. Bullet  Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby

  7. Bullet  Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

  8. Bullet  The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Paudura

  9. Bullet  The Lower River by Paul Theroux


  1. Bullet  Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo

  2. Bullet  Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

  3. Bullet  Organic: A Journalist’s Guide to Discovering the Truth Behind Food Labeling by Peter Laufer

  4. Bullet  The Internal Enemy by Alan Taylor

  5. Bullet  An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


  1. Bullet  El Reloj

  2. Bullet  The Path of Stone Soup

  3. Bullet  The Book of Life

Replacement Books

  1. Bullet  Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden

  2. Bullet  Claudius The Good by Robert Graves

  3. Bullet  Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

  4. Bullet  Aztec Blood by Gary Jennings

  5. Bullet  Final Flight by Stephen  Coonts

  6. Bullet  Shroud For A Nightingale by P.D. James

  7. Bullet  The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell

  8. Bullet  Devil’s Corner by Lisa Scottoline

  9. Bullet  Rebel in Paradise: A Biography of Emma Goldman by Richard Drinnon

  10. Bullet  Blackbirds in the Pomegranate Tree: Stories from Ixcotel State Prison by  Mary Ellen Sanger

¡Muchas gracias!


At the OLL...

Introduction to Oaxaca

Every Monday

11:00 AM

This popular introduction to our adopted city is a great help to visitors and potential residents alike. If you're new to Oaxaca come join us for this introduction presented by a full-time resident and member of OLL. They will answer questions and give their perspective on what it's like to live in Oaxaca.

~ FREE ~

Cooks Away
  1.   Cookbook of recipes from members of the Oaxaca Lending Library. 

  2.   Now available at the Front Desk.

  3. Pick up your copy today! 

~ Only MX$150 ~

US Consular Agency Office Updates, As of April 6, 2015

News on a New Local Agent

The US Embassy is in the process of interviewing and vetting candidates for the consular agent position in Oaxaca.  They hope to have a new agent in place within a month.  In the meantime, Embassy staff members are working in Oaxaca each Monday and Tuesday through April from 9-3. If you need to talk to a person directly, visit the office on one of those days.

Seeking Information About Security Concerns

On April 6th, US Embassy staff held a small focus group on security concerns of expats and visitors.  They sought unfiltered reports, recognizing local police may not pass along information. The participants described that most problems are petty crimes like pickpocketing and attempted extortion phone calls.  Crime increases at fiesta times or in large markets with professional thieves.  Occasionally assaults do occur, but typically theft is involved. If you live here or visit often, you likely know to avoid the Cerro del Fortín/Planetarium area at all times or dark streets at night; both are common problem areas.

The security team strongly recommended all crimes be reported to both the police and the consular agent so that the Embassy can monitor concerns.  Thankfully, Oaxaca does not have the serious problems of some areas of Mexico.  None of us should be afraid for our general safety.

Contact Information

American Embassy in Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma 305

Colonia Cuauhtemoc

06500 Mexico, D.F.

Phone: (01-55) 5080-2000 from Mexico


Oaxaca Consular Office

Alcala No. 407, int. 20

Col, Centro, C.P. 68000

Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Phone:  951-514-3054

Email:  ConAgencyOaxaca [at] state.gov

New position of honor at OLL...

Poet Laureate:

Gil Colgate

We have a new position of honor at the Oaxaca Lending Library: Poet Laureate. Our first annual laureate is Gil Colgate. Gil will be creating or selecting a poem to read at some of our library events in the next year and is also available to offer a selection at memorials by request.  Join us in congratulating Gil upon receiving this honor.  

Gil, a native New Yorker, and his wife Margie Barclay, first arrived in Oaxaca in January 2003.  He studied poetry at Yale as a young man, and had loved it.  He was ultimately a member of the Senior Society "Manuscript." But, after graduation he never considered poetry an economic pathway to bringing up five children, certainly not in New York City.

Instead, he developed a more traditional career first serving as a Naval Officer and eventually becoming Sr. VP of the country's largest security printing company where he pioneered the development of holography on credit cards and currency, including patents for them. 

During this career, he also served on the Human Rights Commission for NYC as commissioner. He became Chairman of the Board of Travelers Aid International, and served on the World Board of Directors of USO for 20 years. He also served on the board of the Museum of Holography and other charitable organizations. Finally, it became time to retire and revisit the joys of childhood.

Poetry was that joy. He found inspiration and solitude here in Oaxaca to help unleash his creative potential. He has published four books of poetry with a fifth due out next year. All are in the OLL collection. 

He has hosted a small weekly creative writing group in his home for the past five years and hopes to continue producing good work for some time to come. He relishes the opportunity the Library has conferred upon him to help reacquaint people with the power of poetry and the pleasures it can offer.

At the OLL...

Guelaguetza Giant

Book Sale

July 17, 18, 20 & 24, 25, 27

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM 

July is festival madness in Oaxaca, and OLL gets in on the fun with a giant book sale! Boxes and boxes chock full of books on almost any subject you can imagine…fiction, mysteries, dictionaries, books in Spanish, non fiction... Come and browse the sale for some great reads between festival events!

"The Office" Fundraising Campaign Launch

In line with ongoing behind-the-scenes face lift projects at the Library, we are gearing up to renovate Adriana's office.  Adriana is our library manager, and this renovation is not only much needed, but also a great way to show her our deep appreciation for the incredible work she does.  Your support can be in the form of cash or in-kind. Specifically, we are looking for these items:  Organizers (baskets, bins, stacking trays, binders), Toolbox, Ergonomic chair, Four drawer vertical file cabinet.  Please bring items you have to donate and/or cash to help pay for items to the library's front desk. You can also make a tax credited* donation via PayPal to the Foundation on our website at oaxlibrary.org  Thank you for your generous contributions, we couldn’t do it without you!  Look for updates and before and after photos in our upcoming weekly newsletter.

*tax credited donations for USA taxpayers only


Thank you note from a satisfied customer

Over 1400 people a year participate in the OLL’s Intercambio program on Saturday mornings.  Both Spanish and English speakers learn about each other and a bit about their mutual cultures — not to mention practicing their new languages!  Click HERE for a letter the library received about what it means  to one of our Mexican participants.  If you are 18 years or older and speak enough Spanish and English to have a basic conversation, please join us on Saturday mornings from 10 AM to 12 PM.

La nueva colección de libros en español

¡Échele un vistazo a la nueva colección de libros en español en el OLL! Hay mas de 14 libros nuevos para disfrutar, en total mas de 25 libros en español ahora. Los mas vendidos internacionalmente. Escritores mexicanos. Historias nuevas emocionantes y grandes tesoros, muchos de estos títulos estarían en su lista “para leer”. Para su conveniencia, la colección de libros en español se están mostrando en una sección  especial en la entrada de la biblioteca. Venga a mirarlos en su próxima visita. Puede revisar los títulos aquí también.

Check out the new Spanish collection at the OLL! In addition to the 12 books in Spanish we added in February, July welcomes 14 new titles. International bestsellers. Mexican writers. New and fresh or treasured oldies, many in this collection will make it to your “must read” list. For your convenience, the collection has been showcased on a special shelf by the Front Desk. Have a look next time you are in, and have a peek at the titles here.


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Telephone:  (951) 518 7077 | Email: library [at] oaxlibrary.org

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