Biblioteca Palafoxiana located in the Historic District in Puebla, Mexico was founded in 1646 and was the first public library in colonial Mexico.
Many consider it to be the first library in the Americas.
Not only is the building historic, the collection is equally impressive with 41,000 books and manuscripts ranging from the 15th to the 20th century. It is listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.
The only unfortunate aspect about the library is you cannot take pictures inside nor can you check out any 15th century books on your library card: bummer.
Photography shared by Traveling Ted
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