25/11/10

Libraries in Bogota!

Bogota has many libraries you can visit. They are not only full of books and knowledge, they also have art expositions, a mini-library for kids, beautiful graden (surrounding the libraries), internet rooms, free Wi-Fi and other thing you might find interesting. Libraries in Bogota are one of the most ineteresting cultural places, because each library is different, shows a differen story and have a different enviroment. Bogota have libraries arround all bogota, we can chose between public and private libraries. Public libraries are huge and beautiful, everyone can enter and rent book, computer, use the Wi-Fi, or just go to have a good time, free or by a cheap price. The private libraries, are the libraries that belong to the colleges, schools or enterprices, they offer their services to the people who are in the college, school or enterprice. The 4 of the 'mayor' public libraries from Bibored in Bogota are:


-Virgilio Barco;  The library is located  in the center of the city, it is sorrounded by parks and sport-complexes. It is one of the biggest libraries in Bogota. It belongs to Biblio-red. It have places for kids and for adults, it is sorrounded by grass, it also have a cafeteria. It have spaces dedicated to art, theater and music.
The library was inagurated in 2001. People can visit it in this service schedule: On Monday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, on Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and it is not open on holydays.The library have one of the most amizing architure design of Bogota. It have water mirrors, people can enjoy spaces in the library and surroundings. It have a circuar structure and it have 3 floors.




-Julio Mario Santo Domigo Library and Cultural Center; it is located in the north part of the city. It was opened in 2010, that means thta it is the newest library. It have different spaces, that are specialized in the different kind of people, for example a room just for kids and another for young and old people to read.
The library has available an internet room, and equipment that allows a video-conferency in an event between four participants that might be in one of the 'big' libraries of Bogota. The Library has 20 places that are available to play video, that can use Blueray technology.In the cultural center the library has 2 theaters, one is bigger than the other. The bigger can have 1250 people inside while the smaller can have 350 people. The security of the Wi-Fi is guaranteed. People can visit it in the same schedule of the Virgilio Barco.




- Library El Tintal Manuel Zapata Olivella; it was opened in 2001, it is located in south-occidental part of the city, its named is in honnor of the most important afrocolombian writer. Since it was opened it have been mos serving to people from Kennedy, Bosa and Fontibon, that are popular neighborhoods in Bogota. It is located in a place is easy to access for the people, because it is very near tothe public ways of transportation. The most importnant thing about this library is that it have been serving for the people (from small kids to old adults) who are handicapped, that makes the library a place that is able for social and communitary meetings. The library is so ecological because it is built in the place where the accient former waste transfer plant was and because it is surrounded by 3 wetlands that are La Vaca, La Chucua del burro y Techo. The schedule is the same as the Vigilio Barco and the Julio Mario Santodomingo.




- Library El Tunal Park; it is located in the south part of Bogota, it is used by the habitants of Tunjuelito, Rafael Uribe Uribe, Ciudad Bolívar, San Cristóbal, Antonio Nariño and Usme, who are people with few economical resources. It is a palce where families can join as a family and enjoy together, it is also a palce where some social aids are made. It is avery important cutural point for el Tunal neighborhood. And as the Tintal library it was opened in the year 2001. It has the same schedule of the other 'mayor' libraries.





Another very important library is teh Luis Angel Arango Library, it isn't par of Biblored, but is is a public libray. It has the most complete collection of books of Latin-America. It was property of the Nation Bank Of Colombia, then it was donated to the people. It helps to the preservation of the Colombian culture. It is located in La Candelaria that is a neighborhood in Bogota's downtown, it was opened in 1958. The schedule is: Mondays -Saturdays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sundays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, it is not opened on Holydays. You can enter for free.

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