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Biblioteca del Instituto de Biología

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The Biblioteca del Instituto de Biología is the library of the National Institute of Biology (IB UNAM). Part of the UNAM library system, here the focus is on the Biological Sciences and related disciplines.

The important historical collection came from the many institutions that preceded the IB UNAM, the reserve collections include some 3,800 historical books dating from 1603 through 1903. The library also includes a general collection and those from the Los Tuxtlas Tropical Biology Station in Veracruz and the Chamela Biology Station in Jalisco.

The Mexican National Institute of Biology was founded in 1929 as a depository for the National Biological Collections that had accrued since the end of the 19th century. It’s one of the biggest and most complex research units in the UNAM. 165 members of the academic staff are grouped in five academic units:

  • Departments of Botany and Zoology
  • The IB-UNAM Botanical Garden
  • The Chamela Biology Station in Jalisco
  • Los Tuxtlas Tropical Biology Station in Veracruz
  • National Biological Collections & Libraries

The library collections are overseen in coordination with the overall UNAM library system and the normal access restrictions are enforced. Many parts of the system are open to the public. The library is often visited in combination with the National Herbarium which shares the same facilities.

How to get here


Herbario Nacional de México

Nearest at 0.10 kms.

IB-UNAM Botanical Garden

Nearest at 0.19 kms.

Pajaro XIII by Juan Soriano

Nearest at 0.95 kms.


UNAM Sculpture Space

One of the university's most inviting places to contemplate the enormous ecological reserve . . .

Auditorio "Javier Barros Sierra"

Magnificent mural work from one of Mexico's great monumental sculptors . . .

MUCA: Museo Universitario de Ciencia y Arte

One of the UNAM's best loved and most central art museums . . .

Pedregal de San Ángel Ecological Reserve

A natural heritage in charge of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, located south of the city.

Hombre Corriendo; Germán Cueto

A 1968 Stridentist sculpture on Insurgentes Sur...

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