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Biblioteca Ing. Antonio M. Anza is a library named for the esteemed civil engineer and architect, Antonio M. Anza (1847-1925). He’s most famous for his pavilion at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889. (He helped with the Lecumberri Palace too).
One of the most outrageously beautiful of libraries in Mexico City, it’s worth popping in even if you’re visiting something else in the Palace of Mining. It’s one of five libraries maintained by the UNAM School of Engineering.
The Biblioteca holds about about 22,000 loose documents. 781 manuscript books were files bound by the library, or at some point in their histories.
Documents in the collection are divided into five historical periods:
Needless to say, there is also a trove of undated documents waiting for approximate dates and cataloguing.
It’s a fascinating place. The library holds an extensive collection of handwritten books. The Archive of the Antonio Alzate Scientific Society has a home here. So does the Poole Collection, named for Henry Ward Poole (1825-1890). He spent 30 years in Mexico as a professor at the College of Mining.
Primarily a collection for scholars, the Antonio M. Anza Library is a remarkable interior. It’s a fitting setting for some of the country’s oldest written documents.