Puebla's Biblioteca Palafoxiana - First Public Library in the Americas

 Now there is something to sing, or read about. One might spend a decade in this jewel box library in Puebla, reading such gems as Gallen, and Pliny. The collection was donated to the Church here by the Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, who thought it a good idea if everyone had access to books. This, in 1646 was a radical idea. We were told this was the first public library in the Americas, and as you can see there is still a queue of eager readers.

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