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All about Mérida English Library in Mérida, Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

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The Mérida English Library (MEL) not only offers books, but also organises great events like the "house and garden tour". Mérida English Library in Mérida, Mexico is about 1.7km away from Casa Loltún. It is located in the city center of Mérida. You walk a bit longer, but you can easily get there on foot.

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Address:

Merida English Library, Calle 53, Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexiko

Website:

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Phone:

+52 999 924 8401

Distance:

1.7km from Casa Loltún

Travel Time:

Within the city

Admission:

No entry fee

Price Level:

Inexpensive

Since:

1984

Google Rating:

average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 94 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

• Monday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
• Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
• Thursday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
• Friday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
• Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
• Sunday: Closed

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Mérida English Library

The Mérida English Library (MEL) offers members and non-members books, puzzles, games, and reference materials and expanding the collection by means of purchases and donations.


In 1984, Elizabeth Dunkel had the idea of founding an English Library. During the early days, the institution had to move several times until the current house was bequeathed to the institution.


MEL also offers various events (such as the amazing house and garden tour, author readings, children's storytime, the Santa Ana Art Gallery tour or a wine tasting) as well as workshops and classes (such as Spanish & English lessons or knitting).


The house and garden tour


Especially the house and garden tour from MEL is very popular. The tour has been running since 2004 and the proceeds are used to fund MEL.


Each week MEL plan to visit three or four homes from a variety of eras, styles, sizes, and ages within a 20-minute walk of the library - often old colonial buildings, but also more modern homes.


The tours take place every Wednesday beginning November 9 and continuing through the end of March. Usually there are several groups and they meet in the library, but sometimes also in a neighbourhood park.


The walking tour starts with an informative talk about Mérida's history, architecture, geography & culture. Then small groups, led by guides from MEL, visit the houses in one of Centro's neighbourhoods.


The homeowners give a short introduction to themselves and their home and then you are free to walk around the house and see the rooms and garden areas.


There will be about 15 minutes stay in each house. It is an excellent opportunity to see some beautiful homes in the centre of Mérida. Space is limited, registration is required and there is a fee for the tour. Please check the website for up-to-date information.


A few tips for the house and garden tour


As it is a walking tour, comfortable shoes are recommended and it is of course always good to have something to drink with you at such events. Of course, the house owners often offer something to drink, but this is not a matter of course.

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