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Pino Suarez 519

Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico 68000

(951) 518-7077

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

Extended hours October 19, 2015 - March 12, 2016

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

a        Closed Sundays and Mexican National Holidays


Bienvenidos ~ Welcome

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  1. Bullet  Emergency Phone Numbers to keep handy

  2. Bullet  Annual Report 2016

  3. Bullet  OLL 2015 Action Plan (English (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  Books and DVDs for Book Salons

  8. Bullet  Library Renovation Updates and Photos

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

  10. Bullet  Free Emergency Contact Information [pdf] form

  11. Bullet  Friends of Oaxaca Lending Library on Facebook

  12. Bullet  Follow the OLL on Twitter

  13. Bullet  Libros Para Pueblos

  14. 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] 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 The Story of the Lost Child: Book 4, The Neapolitan Novels: “Maturity, Old Age”, by Elena Ferrante. Translated by Ann Goldstein

  6. Bullet Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

  7. Bullet Havana Black by Leonardo Padura

  8. Bullet Havana Red by Leonardo Padura

  9. Bullet The Door, by Magda Szabo


  1. Bullet Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka, J.K. Rowling)

  2. Bullet Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

  3. Bullet Black House by Peter May

  4. Bullet Lewis Man by Peter May

  5. Bullet Chessmen by Peter May

  6. Bullet A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear


  1. Bullet Milpa From Seed to Salsa/ Ancient Ingredients for a Sustainable Future, by Phil Dahl-Bredine, Jesus Leon Santos, Judith Cooper Haden, Susanna Trilling


  1. Bullet H Is for Hawk, By Helen Macdonald

  2. Bullet One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway, by Asne Seierstad. Translated by Sarah Death

  3. Bullet The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf


  1. Bullet El Reloj

  2. Bullet The Path of Stone Soup

  3. Bullet The Book of Life

Replacement Books

  1. Bullet Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende

  2. Bullet Stories and Tales by Stephen Crane

  3. Bullet South Sea Tales by Jack London

  4. Bullet Havana Blue by Leonardo Padura

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

  6. Bullet The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

  7. Bullet Echo Burning by Lee Child

  8. Bullet Dark Star by Alan Furst

  9. Bullet Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard

  10. Bullet The Leopard by Jo Nesbo

  11. Bullet Police by Jo Nesbo

¡Muchas gracias!


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.

~ FREE ~


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.

New US Consular Agent Assigned to Oaxaca

Welcome to the new US Consular Agent, Samantha Wattson. Ms. Wattson will be sending out a list of what services the office provides early in the fall. Look for it in future eBlasts and on the OLL website. To visit her or the office, an appointment is required.

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

Address: Alcala 407-2nd Floor

Phone: 514-3054



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]  Donations always accepted. mailto:rsevereide@pobox.commailto:rsevereide@pobox.comshapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1
Fundraising Campaign !!!

The OLL is asking you to help us reach our goal of raising US$10,000!

The roof renovation is nearly complete.  There is now ample, useable space with shade, new tile flooring, safety rails, and Wifi Access.  Plenty of room for quiet reading areas, meetings, yoga classes, presentations, parties, intercambios, etc.  Many of you have jumped in and donated.  We're up to US$1300 in just the first few weeks of 2016!  You can click below to donate through PayPal or we're happy to take your pesos at the Library's front desk.  However you contribute it will be welcomed and appreciated.  We thank you in advance for your generosity.


Please note that all events (including free ones) need to be signed up for and paid in advance. 

Our presentations fill up fast and we don't want you to be left out...


There’s a 48 hour cancellation policy after which no refunds will be made. Prices are in pesos (MX$). 

Prices differ for members (M) and non-members (NM).

Up on the Roof at the OLL…

Gentle Yoga: (Mainly) for Beginners

Presented by Jeannie Kes

Weds., Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24

9:30 to 10:30 AM

4-week introduction to yoga is for anyone, who has  considered doing yoga but hasn't had the opportunity.  Of course, people with experience are equally welcome.  We will focus on the three main elements of yoga: stretching, breathing and relaxing.  You will learn the basic asanas (poses) and basic breathing techniques.  Each class will end with a deep relaxation. Yoga has been demonstrated to improve flexibility, lower blood pressure and enhance general well being.  Please bring a yoga mat or large towel, a small towel, and a small pillow to class.  Pre-registration required.  More...

~ MX$400 (M) MX$500 (NM) for all four classes ~

At the OLL…

Canadian Consular Agent

Presented by Frances May

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 11AM

The Canadian Consular Agent to Oaxaca will give a talk on what the Consular Agency of Canada can and cannot do for Canadian Citizens when they are abroad.

~ FREE ~

At the OLL…

Speaking Place Presentation

Presented by Ben Levine

Monday, Feb. 8, 5:00 PM

Is literacy related to sustainability of a culture? Ben Levine, a documentary filmmaker and clinical psychologist, works with endangered languages. He will share his experience reviving endangered indigenous languages and illustrate his findings with video clips from the Mixe people of Oaxaca’s Sierra Mixe and the Passamaquoddy people from eastern Maine and Canada. Today, visual literacy in the form of indigenous filmmaking and web applications are creating surprising literacy hybrids and enhancing expression of identity and strengthening communities.  Speaking Place, a nonprofit based in Maine

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) ~

At the OLL…


Presented by Linda Martin

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5:00 PM

Back by popular demand... The biggest adventure to be had in Oaxaca. And it's not yet in any guidebook. Haciendas, hundreds of years old and still standing in farmlands in beautiful states of decay.  See Mexico's once grand plantations.  Includes: *How to find a hacienda; *The aesthetics of disintegrating, abandoned places; *Restored haciendas of the Yucatan, now 5 Star Resorts; *50 million acres of hacienda lands given in 1934 to the people who farmed them; *Oaxaca's few restored haciendas and their cordial cash-strapped owners with their boxes of old family photos.

~ MX$120 (M) MX$150 (NM) ~

At the OLL…

Who’s King of the Hill?

A Talk About the Atzompa Ruins

Presented by Robert Markems

Archeologist, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de la UNAM

Wed., Feb. 10, 5:00 PM

During the period 350 to 850 A.D. the crest of the hill of Atzompa became the site of an extensive building program that included the construction of palaces, temple-complexes and several ball courts; a large resident population lived on the lower slopes. As Atzompa is just 2 km. from Monte Albán, the following questions arise. Who were the new neighbors: unwanted guests from somewhere in the valley or beyond who decided to stay, or upstarts from Monte Albán? What did they do there? Come to the Oaxaca Lending Library: see, hear and find out. This talk will be followed up by a tour of the Atzompa Ruins the following morning, Thursday, Feb 11, 10AM (see details below).

~ MX$120 (M), MX$150 (NM) ~

Tour: Atzompa Archeological Site

Thurs., Feb. 11, 10:00 AM

Meet at the OLL

Since 2009, archeological work has been taking place in an area just south of the town center of Atzompa. A number of significant constructions have been excavated including structures called the Casa de Oriental, Casa de Altares and the Central Shrine of Atzompa which is larger than its counterpart in Monte Alban proper. Next to these is a complex of domestic units, sunken patios and a pyramidal platform.  It is suggested that this tour should not be attempted by those with limited reserves of energy or are unsteady on their feet. The site visit will be about an hour and a half plus a 30 minute visit to the small community museum (10 peso entrance fee). Bring hats, water, and sun protection.  This tour is a follow up to the talk of the Atzompa Ruins the evening before (see above).

~ MX$ 300 (M) MX$350 (NM) ~

Includes bus transportation.

10 peso fee for museum to be paid at site directly.

Movie at the OLL…

The Way

Thursday, Feb. 11, 5:00 PM

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.  Director: Emilio Estevez; Writers: Emilio Estevez (screenplay), Jack Hitt (book); Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger.  The presentation on Friday, Feb 12 at 5PM for the talk, The Rebirth of the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, is a perfect follow-up to this movie.

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) wine/agua and popcorn included ~

At the OLL…

The Rebirth of the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Presented by David Glitz & Linda Davidson

Friday, Feb. 12, 5:00 PM

In the Middle Ages the relics of the Apostle James in Compostela in northwest Spain attracted hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and was second only to Jerusalem as the holiest site in Christendom.  Santiago, as patron saint of Spain, accompanied the conquistadors to the New World. Think of how many towns in the State of Oaxaca alone bear his name.  Yet in 1974, when David Gitlitz and Linda Davidson led a group of student pilgrims on foot from southern France to Compostela, they met not one other pilgrim on the 1000-kilometer route. Over the next quarter century Davidson and Gitlitz led four more groups on foot to Compostela, and played an active role in the rebirth in popularity of the Santiago pilgrimage that today draws over a quarter of a million pilgrims each year to make the trek to Compostela.  Read more...

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) ~

Class at the OLL…

Early Modern Oaxacan History- Part 1

Presented by Tom Mounkhall

Monday, Feb. 15, 1-2:00 PM

Continuing with our mini-classes on Oaxacan history Tom Mounkhall moves on to Early Modern Oaxaca in a two-part series that will cover the following: Toltecs, Antequera-Oaxaca, Zocalo, and Santo Domingo Oaxaca.

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) ~

At the OLL...

Oaxacan Street Art

Presented by Linda Martin

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5:00 PM

Back by popular demand... In 2006 street art exploded in Oaxaca protesting political and social oppression. Like second story men, artists scampered on rooftops at 3 a.m. using stencils to finish the job before being arrested.  Sentences of 3 months to 3 years loomed.  Still do.  Some street artists work in collectives which embrace communists, socialists and anarchists, and some also exhibit in galleries and are savy at marketing their work, following in the steps of Banksy whose criticism of capitalism has made him a lot of money. Come hear and see Linda's, always curious and amusing, narrative and slideshow.

~ MX$120 (M) MX$150 (NM) ~

At the OLL...
About Art with 
Susana Wald 
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5-7:00 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. 
 ~  FREE  ~
At the OLL…

High-End Boutique

Sun., Feb. 21, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Don't miss this fun boutique!  You will salivate over art treasures, huipiles, jewelry, rugs, paintings, craft items and gently loved household items hidden away in closets. There will be a wide variety of quality items to browse through and tasty food items to tempt. See you there!

Any great cooks want to contribute a sweet or savory item?

Or if you want to rent a table to sell your treasures

please contact Bliss Wilson blisswilson494 [at]

Book Salon at the OLL…

Families: the good, the bad and the ugly

Presented by Peter McCallion

Thursday, Feb. 18, 11:00 AM

With so much talk about family values during this election season it will be interesting to read and discuss some of the family dynamics described in books.  Click here for a complete listing of Peter's picks for this month's theme.

~ FREE ~

Movie at the OLL…

The Treasure of the

Sierra Madre

Thursday, Feb. 18, 5:00 PM

In this classic adventure film, two rough-and-tumble wanderers, Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), meet up with a veteran prospector, Howard (Walter Huston), in Mexico and head into the Sierra Madre mountains to find gold. Although they discover treasure, they also find plenty of trouble.

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) wine/agua and popcorn included ~

At the OLL…

Mezcal, its History, Production, and Nuances

Presented by Alvin Starkman

Friday, Feb 19, 5:00 PM

Back by popular demand…  This discussion focuses on teaching about mezcal through explaining its history, current diversity of production methods, and flavor & aroma nuances. Learn why mezcal has the potential to compete with single malt scotch as the most complex spirit in the world, and how it differs from tequila as well as pulque and other traditional Mexican alcoholic beverages. We’ll sample at least 10 types of mezcal made from different agaves, in different parts of Oaxaca, using different distillation techniques.

~ MX$80 (M) MX$130 (NM) ~

At the OLL...
OLL’s Board of Directors Meeting
Friday., February 12
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Any Member in good standing at the time of the meeting may attend if he or she so chooses.
Book presentation at the OLL…

MILPA, from Seed to Salsa, Ancient  Ingredients for a Sustainable  Future

Presented by Susana Trilling

Monday, Feb. 15, 5:00 PM

Susana Trilling, chef of Seasons of My Heart Cooking School and Gourmet Mexican Products, will present her new bi-lingual book "MILPA, from Seed to Salsa, Ancient  Ingredients for a Sustainable  Future",  a collaborative  effort  about  the traditional  foods  of  the  Mixteca Alta. Her other important theme of the moment is artisanal cheeses of Mexico. Learn more...

~ FREE ~


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