Activities & Announcements...

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

  2. Bullet The Sellout, by Paul Beatty

  3. Bullet Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

  4. Bullet Outline, by Rachel Cusk

  5. Bullet Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante

  6. Bullet Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante

  7. Bullet Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

  8. Bullet The Breakers by Minette Walters


  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 Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority by Steve Phillips

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


  1. Bullet Revelation by C. J. Sansom

  2. Bullet Lamentation by C. J. Sansom

  3. Bullet The Crowded Grave by Martin Walker

  4. Bullet The Resistance Man by Martin Walker

  5. Bullet The Children of War by Martin Walker


  1. Bullet El Reloj

  2. Bullet The Path of Stone Soup

  3. Bullet The Book of Life

Replacement Books

  1. Bullet Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

  2. Bullet Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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

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

  5. Bullet Arms of Nemesis by Steven Saylor

  6. Bullet Nana by Emile Zola

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

  8. Bullet Stories and Tales by Stephen Crane

  9. Bullet South Sea Tales by Jack London

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

  11. Bullet East and West: The Collected Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham

  12. Bullet Roman Fever and Other Stories by Edith Wharton

  13. Bullet Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf

  14. Bullet Dark Star by Alan Furst

  15. Bullet The Field of Blood by Denise Mina

¡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.

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


At the OLL...
About Art with 
Susana Wald 
Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 PM
An informal discussion about visual art.  Strongly suggest you bring a copy of a picture or other work of art you feel strongly about.  Susana Wald, works as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, graphic designer, and literary translator.  Presently she works out of her studio in San Andrés Huayapam, near the city of Oaxaca. 
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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_2_link_0shapeimage_2_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}

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


A gentle reminder...

To those of you who may have borrowed magazines from the Oaxaca Lending Library:  Please return all issues in a timely manner.  Lately many recent issues of The New Yorker and other titles have not been returned and we all want to continue to enjoy this on-your-honor service.

At the OLL...

Salsa Rueda Dance Classes

Three week session begins Friday, July 1

Mondays & Fridays 5:00 - 6:15 PM

Instructor: Margaret Patterson

Ritmos Latinos Rueda Group, Tucson, AZ

Learn a fun Cuban circle dance with salsa music.  The steps will be taught by an experienced teacher.  **No partner is needed  **No experience is needed  **It is great for body, mind and spirit  **Make new dancing friends

Check out video  demonstration of how well you could be dancing!

~ MX$20 donation per person ~

At the OLL...
OLL’s Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, July 28
1:00 PM
Any Member in good standing at the time of the meeting may attend if he or she so chooses.
At the OLL...

Book Presentation By Author

Presented by Mary Ellen Sanger

Thursday, July 14, 1:00 PM

Mary Ellen Sanger is the author of Blackbirds in the Pomegranate Tree: Stories from Ixcotel State Prison.  Her book, with prologue by Elena Poniatowska, was cited by Writer’s Digest as a “beautifully written book that goes beyond the memoir genre. The subject matter is compelling enough (the author is falsely imprisoned in Mexico) but the skill and beauty of the writing and the choices the author makes bring it up to a higher level.”  A 17-year resident in Mexico (3 years in Oaxaca), Mary Ellen spent 33 days in Ixcotel State Prison in 2003 on false charges, before the current justice reforms that admit oral trials and strive toward a more transparent system.  The book tells the stories of nine women she met, and the solidarity and community that linked her with them during the 33 days that changed her life.

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At the OLL…

U.S. Presidential Election Discussion

Presented by Steven Glorioso

Friday, July 22, 5:00 PM

Wondering what the heck is going up north in the Presidential race?  Steve Glorioso, a veteran political consultant and part time Oaxaca resident will lead a discussion regarding the political goings on in the U. S.  And just in the nick of time — between the Republican and Democratic national conventions.  Steve has a Master's Degree in Political Science, taught political science at the U. of Missouri, was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Regional Director of the U.S. Department of H.E.W., hosted a political talk show and was the political commentator for the CBS affiliate in Kansas City, political and media consultant working on numerous local, state and federal campaigns, and continues to work on candidate and issue campaigns as well as monitoring elections in former dictatorships on behalf of a State Department affiliate.

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