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Pino Suarez 519

Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico 68000

(951) 518-7077

library [at]

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

Extended hours October 19, 2015 - March 22, 2016

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

a        Closed Sundays and Mexican National Holidays


Bienvenidos ~ Welcome

At the OLL...

Introduction to Oaxaca

Every Monday at 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.

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  1. Bullet  Emergency Phone Numbers to keep handy

  2. Bullet  Annual Report 2016

  3. Bullet  OLL 2016 OLL Action Plan Final.pdf

  4. Bullet  Nueva Colección de Libros en Español at the OLL

  5. Bullet  Authors Among Us in the OLL community

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

  7. Bullet  Library Renovation Updates and Photos

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

  9. Bullet  Free Emergency Contact Information [pdf] form

  10. Bullet  Friends of Oaxaca Lending Library on Facebook

  11. Bullet  Follow the OLL on Twitter

  12. Bullet  Libros Para Pueblos


Current Wish List

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


  1. Bullet The Islam Quintet  5-book set by Tariq Ali: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, The Book of Saladin, The Stone Woman, A Sultan in Palermo, Night of the Golden Butterfly ((set sells for $37 to $45 US)

  2. Bullet A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories, By Lucia Berlin. Edited by Stephen Emerson

  3. Bullet The Sellout, by Paul Beatty

  4. Bullet Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

  5. Bullet Outline, by Rachel Cusk

  6. Bullet Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante

  7. Bullet Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante

  8. Bullet Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

  9. Bullet The Breakers by Minette Walters

  10. Bullet Dancing With the Tiger by Lili Wright


  1. Bullet The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

  2. Bullet Liberty’s First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech by Charles Stock

  3. Bullet These United States: A Nation in the Making 1890 to Present by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore and Thomas J. Sugrue

  4. Bullet The Complete Review Guide to Comnemporary World Fiction by M. A. Orthofer


  1. Bullet Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

  2. Bullet Revelation by C. J. Sansom

  3. Bullet Lamentation by C. J. Sansom

  4. Bullet The Crowded Grave by Martin Walker

  5. Bullet The Resistance Man by Martin Walker

  6. Bullet The Children of War by Martin Walker

Young Readers

  1. Bullet Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10-book set by Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary... Kid: Rodrick Rules, Diary... Kid: The Last Straw, Diary... Kid: Dog Days, Diary... Kid: The Ugly Truth, Diary... Kid: Cabin Fever, Diary... Kid: The Third Wheel, Diary... Kid: Hard Luck, Diary... Kid: The Long Haul, The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (Set sells for $27 to $57 US)

  1. Bullet Dork Diaries 8-book set by Rachel Renee Russell:  Dork Diaries Omg All About Diary, Dork Diaries Holiday Heartbreak, Dork Diaries 3-1/2 How to Dork Your Diaries, Dork Diaries Pop Star, Dork Diaries Dear Dork, Dork Diaries Skating Sensatio, Dork Diaries Party Time, Dork Diaries (Set sells for $48 to $57 US)

Replacement Books

  1. Bullet Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov

  2. Bullet Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  3. Bullet The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges

  4. Bullet The Outcasts of Poker Flat and Other Tales by Bret Harte

  5. Bullet South Sea Tales by Jack London

  6. Bullet Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio by Elena Poniatowska (in Spanish)

  7. Bullet La Revolucioncita mexicana by Rius (Eduardo del Rio) (in Spanish)

  8. Bullet Arms of Nemesis by Steven Saylor

  9. Bullet Dark Star by Alan Furst

  10. Bullet The Field of Blood by Denise Mina

  11. Bullet In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson

  12. Bullet Truman by David McCullough


  1. Bullet El Reloj

  2. Bullet The Path of Stone Soup

  3. Bullet The Book of Life

¡Muchas gracias!


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.

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 left of this page), please contact Rebecca Severeide (rsevereide [at]  Donations always accepted. mailto:rsevereide@pobox.commailto:rsevereide@pobox.comshapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1
English Speakers Needed

OLL's Intercambio, which meets every Saturday from 10 AM-12 PM, continues to attract a full house each week. More English speakers are now needed to balance out the participation since our winter members have flown home. Please join's an excellent way to work on your Spanish and help our Oaxacan neighbors improve their English while learning more about each other in the process.

Volunteer Cross-Training Program Initiated

In order to strengthen our team of volunteers we are initiating a cross-training program:  Learn more about the OLL collection by working in Book Processing, Join the excitement at the Circulation Desk, Host in our Café.  These are some of the opportunities that are available. Enhance your knowledge of OLL while having fun and making a difference. Contact John, the Volunteer Coordinator and he'll get you started  volunteeroaxaca [at}

US Consular Agent Assigned to Oaxaca

US Consular Agent, Samantha Wattson. To visit her or the office, an appointment is required.

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 10 am - 3 pm

Address: Alcala 407-2nd Floor

Telephone: 514-3054


Consular Agency of Canada in Oaxaca

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Address: Multiplaza Brena
Pino Suárez 700, Local 11 B
Telephone: (951) 513-3777 / 503-0722
Fax: (951) 515-2147


It is with great sadness that we announce the

death of Gil Colgate

OLL’s first Poet Laureate and a true friend of the Library. Gil, a native New Yorker, with his wife Margie Barclay first arrived in Oaxaca in January 2003 where they have been living full time ever since.

Gil studied poetry at Yale as a young man, and 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 here in Oaxaca and unleashed his creative potential. Gil has published four books of poetry, all are in the OLL collection. A fifth book is due out soon. To read the poems that Gil wrote specifically for OLL click here.

Gil Colgate was a gentle man and a gentleman. He will be greatly missed.


The OLL Website will be getting a refresh and the new site will be available September 5th, 2016.  All the same useful information in a fresh new look.  Note there should be no disruption in service for accessing the site.

At the OLL…

WILL: Women's International Leadership and Learning

Presented by Mandy Elder

Thursday, August 25, 1:00 PM

Along with friends and colleagues here in Oaxaca, Mandy Elder co-founded WILL, a nonprofit that provides leadership development opportunities for university women. Their mission is to promote the personal and professional development of young women in rural Mexico so they can act as agents of social change in their communities. WILL provides scholarships to six young women for a leadership development course in Portland, OR each year and also facilitates a six month long course at their university in San Pablo Huixtepec.  Mandy will share insights from her Anthropology masters thesis work that focuses on educational access and equity in Oaxaca as well as answering questions about WILL and letting you know how you can participate in this worthy program. She knows that the OLL community is a group of passionate, engaged Oaxaca enthusiasts and thought the work they do would be of interest to our community.

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