Palafoxiana Library

  • CATEGORY: Libraries
  • PHONES: (222) 246 3186


The Palafoxiana Library was established on 1646 with the donation of 5 thousand volumes, made by the Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, to the Tridentine Colleges. This was the first public library of the American continent. On 1773, the Bishop Francisco Fabián y Fuero ordered to construct the first two levels of bookshelves in cedar. On 1981, the Library stopped being public and became a museum, although until today it offers its services to researchers from all over the world. On 2005, the Palafoxiana Library was registered by UNESCO as Memory of the World, a milestone that makes it a universal treasure. The Palafoxiana library is the only place in the continent which keeps such collection, unique in its kind, maintaining the concept and structure of a library of the New Spain.

The old books collection of the Palafoxiana Library is made up by over 45 thousand volumes; it has 7 Mexican printed editions and 9 incunabula; its oldest book comes from 1475. Also, his collection is made up by 5,438 manuscripts, over 800 unbounded printings, and about 1,500 engravings. Among its most important works there are: The City of God (1475), by Augustine of Hippo; the Nurenberg Chronicle (1493), by Antón Koberger; and De Humani Corporis Fábrica (1543), by Andreas Vesalius.


5 Oriente 5 , esquina con 16 de Septiembre, C.P. 72000, Puebla, Puebla


From Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00 hrs.




$20 con credencial: maestros, niños, estudiantes e INAPAM.


Guide visits | Ticket office | Game room | Expositions


Mtra. Diana Jaramillo
Tel. (222) 246 3186