1. Bullet  Library Renovation updates

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

  3. Bullet  Books and DVDs for Book Salons

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

  5. Bullet  Free Emergency Contact Information [pdf] form

  6. Bullet  Friends of Oaxaca Lending Library on Facebook

  7. Bullet  Libros Para Pueblos

  8. Bullet  Margie Barclay’s Oaxaca Calendar of Events


Current Wish List

We take all donations but also have a wish list.  Please let us know if you can donate any of the following:


  1. Bullet  One Act of Evil by Elizabeth George

  2. Bullet  The Three by Sarah Lotz


  1. Bullet  Fun Home:  A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

  2. Bullet  The Lower River by Paul Theroux

  3. Bullet  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

  4. Bullet  Mink River by Nicole Krauss

  5. Bullet  We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

  6. Bullet  The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

  7. Bullet  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 

  8. Bullet  The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín 

  9. Bullet  The Guts by Roddy Doyle

  10. Bullet  Herzog by Saul Bellows


  1. Bullet  Chocolate:  A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblaum

  2. Bullet  Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin

  3. BulletThe Internal Enemy by Alan Taylor

  4. Bullet  Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

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

  6. Bullet  Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty

  7. Bullet  A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield


  1. Bullet  Burro Genius: A Memoir by Victor Villasenor

  2. Bullet  Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kirman


  1. Bullet  I Explain a Few Things by Pablo Neruda

Email or call the OLL (at the above phone number) for more information and to offer your assistance.

¡Muchas gracias!



Upcoming OLL activities...

Pino Suarez 519a

Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico 68000a

(951) 518-7077a

library [at] oaxlibrary.orga

Open Mon - Fri  10 - 2 & 4 - 7  |  Saturdays 10 - 1a Closed Sundays and National Holidaysa


Bienvenidos ~ Welcome

Magazines at the OLL!!!

OLL may well have the most varied collection of current and near current magazines south of the Rio Bravo. Several, are full year runs:  National Geographic en Español, The New Yorker, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, and the recently donated, Wild Fiber — about which donor Rebecca Severeide says: “If you wanderlust and fiber envy this is the magazine for you. Each issue highlights (with text and drop dead beautiful photos) an exotic place and people who raise fiber.” 

Recipes wanted!

We Are Almost There!  We have 30 recipes for our Library cookbook, which we hope to sell over the holiday season to raise much needed funds for the library. We need another 15-20 recipes to make it worthwhile. I know there are good cooks out there who are willing to share their recipes. Please send them to me ASAP at, deniseinoaxaca [at] gmail.com.

Questions? Concerns?? Ideas???

There is now a Board Member present at the OLL, Monday through Friday (usually from 10 AM to 1 PM), to listen to member concerns, suggestions, and dreams for our future.

New books shelf

& 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. 

OLL is Tweeting!

You can now be kept up to the minute on events, activities, closings, etc. at The Oaxaca Lending Library. Follow us on twitter ... twitter@OLLtweetsCentro

Library renovation update

The Library's old cafe/snack bar is now history!  It will be resurrected in a new and better configuration in the service area right behind where it originally was a few short days ago.  During the renovations the cafe/snack bar will be open but with a limited menu. We ask for your patience while we get reorganized.

Message from the president:  Building renovations are moving right along as those of you who've been in the library lately have undoubtedly noticed.  This week we will be installing the new desk/counter system in the new circulation center. The electricians have finished rewiring and installing new lighting, and once all the carpentry work is completed, all that will be left is to run the telephone and computer lines to the new location and the check-in/return area will be up and running!  [For the full text of Mike Pumphrey’s message, click HERE]

Click here to see photos from last week’s work

Click here to read updated renovation plan

Job Opportunity

The U.S. Consular Agent in Oaxaca, Tamara Nobilski, will be leaving her position to begin another position with the Department of State.  The Embassy has posted the Oaxaca Consular Agent position on its website.  Any American citizen who may be interested in the position can find information at http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/job_opportunities.html. Questions regarding the position or the hiring process must be directed to the Human Resources department at the Embassy at the e-mail address: MexicoCityHRHD@state.gov

At the OLL...

Educational & Cultural Exchange Opportunities For Oaxacans

Presented by Douglas Favero of EducationUSA

Thursday, Sept. 4, 1:OO pm

Have you ever met a promising Oaxacan student or teacher interested in studying in the States, and wondered how you might have been able to help them? Learn about a free advising program in Oaxaca called EducationUSA. One of over 400 advising centers worldwide supported by the US Dept of State, EducationUSA Oaxaca is dedicated to providing impartial, accurate and comprehensive information about educational and cultural exchange opportunities between the US and Oaxaca. EducationUSA.info. FB & Twitter: EdUSAOaxaca

~ FREE ~

Special for OLL Members and Friends...

Private Tour of the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Monday, Sept. 8, 11:00 am

Meet at Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo

M. Bravo 116 (at the corner of Garcia Vigil)

Daniel Brena, director of the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo will lead a group tour of the current exhibitions. He will also talk about the exciting history of the museum.  Sign-up in advance at the OLL.

~ 70 pesos ~

(includes contribution to the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo)

At the OLL…
Author Talk by Victor Villaseñor
Friday, Sept. 26, 12:00 pm
Victor Villaseñor is a Mexican-American writer, best known for the New York Times bestseller novel Rain of Gold. His books are used in schools and college-level classes, and his children’s books teach life lessons for people of all ages. Villaseñor is an engaging speaker who focuses on universal themes as he shares his life experience and Mexican heritage through the spoken word. Please join us in welcoming this prominent author to Oaxaca and to our library. Seven of Villaseñor's books are in our collection.
~ FREE ~ http://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/standard.phpshapeimage_1_link_0
Support the renovation of the OLL’s café/snack bar by donating $20 USD to our…

Jalapeño Chili Challenge

Click on this YouTube link and watch Barry Scheinberg take the challenge.

Click on this link to donate $20 USD to the Jalapeño Chili Challenge.

It only takes about two minutes to donate and you do not need to eat the jalapeño chili, Barry did that for you!


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