Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City

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Mexico City's Biblioteca Vasconcelos. It was dedicated to José Vasconcelos, the philosopher and former presidential candidate and former president of the National Library of Mexico. The library is spread across 38,000 square metres (409,000 sq ft) and had an initial planned cost of 954 million pesos (roughly US$98 million). The Congress of Mexico proposed plans to reduce the budget of 2006 that included cuts for all three branches of government. National Action Party (PAN) presented an alternative budget that preserved funds for Enciclomedia and the Vasconcelos Library.Then President of Mexico Vicente Fox inaugurated the library on 16 May 2006, and stated that this was one of the most advanced constructions of the 21st century, and that it would be spoken of throughout the world. This inauguration took place a week before the deadline the president had to promote his accomplishments before the 2006 presidential election.The library had to close in March 2007 due to construction defects. The Superior Auditor of the Federation detected 36 construction irregularities and issued 13 motions of responsibility for public servants of the federal government. Among the irregularities found was the misplacement of marble blocks at a cost of 15 million pesos (roughly 1.4 million dollars).
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  • The library, with a great cultural and literary heritage, is definitely spectacular facilities are good and the auditorium is huge
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  • Not literally, but kind of. This place is amazing! One of the most interesting architectures we've seen! It was the highlight of our day.  more »
  • It opened in 2006 and its construction was conducted by Alberto Kalach. I think it is a very beautiful, striking architecture and visually striking. There are many books, newspapers, magazines and music discs. In addition there are computers for public use. The hours are 8:30 to 17:30 every day of the week. Free entrance.
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  • If you are even remotely interested in architecture, this is a must-see building. Many people have already commented on the "floating bookcases" inside the building, which are an extraordinary work of engineering, and there are even nice paths on the grounds for walking. If you're planning on actually visiting this place for a book, the registration process is easy--it's just a really long wait--and you can't keep the books you rent for very long. But the selection is excellent, especially for Mexico.
  • The books sit on clouds where you too can sit if you decide to allow their knowledge to fill you. The library is peaceful and the selection of books is enormous. Float on with knowledge, take flight.
  • This library is a must see! The whole library looks as it is floating. It was so much different than what I was used to back home. Would recommend a visit here just so you can go...
  • Awe-inspiring architecture and a very modern, functional library at the same time. If you want to take pictures with a real camera and not just your phone, be sure to get a free permission from one of the info desks. Otherwise the security guards will approach you.
  • Exiting design. Not many books but a nice visit.

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