Biblioteca Franciscana, Universidad de las Américas Puebla

The University of the Americas-Puebla and the Franciscan Province for the Holy Evangelization of Mexico, with the interest of preserving the bibliographic collection of the Franciscan Order convents in the province and to designate a space that allows for its conservation and study, have joined efforts to create the Biblioteca Franciscana (Franciscan Library).

Situated in the Pilgrims’ Gate at the Convent of St. Gabriel in the city of San Pedro Cholula, Puebla, this library has more than 24,000 volumes published between the 16th and 18th centuries, including a great variety of sermons, treatises on theology, canon law, catechetical manuals, hagiographies, liturgies, among other novohispano intellectual works. The collection also contains history, science, mathematic, literary, philosophical, grammar, and rhetoric texts, written mainly in Latin and archaic Spanish. The library also has an important collection of reference materials (encyclopedias and dictionaries).

The Biblioteca Franciscana is co-founder of the Marcas de Fuego (Fire Brands) Collective Catalog, and serves as a community space for Cholula through its documentary organization, research, exhibitions, conferences, and publications.

Contact: Biblioteca Franciscana, Universidad de las Américas Puebla