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Benjamin Franklin Library
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March 23, 2021

Membership – Benjamin Franklin Library Card

Requirements to get the Benjamin Franklin Library card:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Fill out the application form. Have it signed by you and your cosigner
  • Bring your official ID, a proof of your address (i.e. utility bill, electricity, telephone, water bill), and a photocopy of the cosigner’s ID to the library.

Notes:

  • You can find the application online or pick up a copy at the Library.
  • The cosigner must be at least 18 years old and have a phone number.
  • The cosigner must live in the Mexico City metropolitan area.

For more information call 555080-2089

Services

Ask the Benjamin Franklin Library
Use the BFL’s Electronic Reference Service to obtain brief information about the United States, its society, its political processes, and culture. Submit your question using this form.

  • Programs
  • Conversation Clubs
  • Movie Nights
  • Storytime
  • Concerts
  • Crafternoons (crafts workshops to introduce principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -STEM)
  • Lego robots
  • • Game Night
  • Guided visits
    This service is for groups who would like to receive a tour and information about the services and facilities of the Library. For more information call: 5080 2089.

Orientations and Workshops
The Library provides general guidance on the resources and services available in the library and online about the United States.  The library holds at least three programs as week for homework help, thesis advice and library general orientation.  For more information call: 55 5080 2733.

Borrowing Policies
• Books for 2 weeks (with one renewal)
• CDs, and periodicals for a week (no renewals)

• DVDs for a week (with one renewal)

Interlibrary Loan Agreement
Institutions interested in establishing an interlibrary loan agreement can call 55 50802733 or email refbbf@state.gov to get more information.

Resources

The Benjamin Franklin Library has a wide variety of resources including:

  • More than 19,000 titles on American Studies, teaching English, and Mexico-United States relations, novels and youth literature.
  • More than 2,700 audiovisual resources such as DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, audiobooks, and Launchpads on American society and culture.
  • More than 50 periodicals in print and 9,000 online.
  • Databases with full-text articles from journals, newspapers, and academic publications.
  • Encyclopedias and electronic books.

 

Library History

Benjamin Franklin Library Entrance Door

The Benjamin Franklin library first opened its doors on April 13th, 1942. It was inaugurated by then President of Mexico Manuel Avila Camacho and Mr. George Messersmith, Ambassador of the United States. The first building was located at 34 Reforma Avenue.  “La Franklin” was the first US library founded overseas, with assistance from the American Library Association. Retired New York Public Library Director, Harry Lydenberg, was in charge of the library opening with a collection of 4,000 books.

From the very beginning, “La Franklin” has been distinguished for presenting art exhibitions, concerts, films, and conferences. Frida Kahlo participated during the 1940s in an exhibition called “A Century of Portrait in Mexico.” Students, adults, and reading lovers gathered at the same time in the Library’s reading room. “La Franklin” was the first Mexican library to lend books to the general public.

The Library moved to its second location at  53 Niza Street in 1952. In 1963, library visitors multiplied when public school students started looking for material on 20th century history after it recently became incorporated in secondary education curriculum.  In 1968, “la Franklin” moved to its third location at 16 Londres Street. “La Franklin” serves as an intermediary for an interlibrary loan program between Mexican universities and the University of Texas. It was the first library to introduce a PC-networked environment in Mexico in 1988.

The library moved to its fourth and current location in 2003, Liverpool 31. Today the library has more than 19,000 volumes focusing on American Culture, English teaching, and bilateral relations in Mexico. The reference staff produces special bibliographies, and Facebook information alerts. The cultural programs include conversation clubs, storytime sessions, concerts, game night and conferences with U. S. speakers. All the programs are announced on the library’s calendar of events

The English Language Office, EducationUSA, the International Institute of Education and COMEXUS work closely with the Library, to continue its tradition to promote mutual understanding and strengthen friendship between the United States and Mexico.