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The Biblioteca Palafoxiana library in Puebla, Mexico on April 22, 2017. Founded in 1646, it was the first public library in colonial Mexico, and is sometimes considered the first in the Americas. It has more than 45,000 books and manuscripts, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century. Most books and manuscripts of the Biblioteca Palafoxiana are written in dead languages: Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, Chaldean and Greek, another part of the collection is written in Nahuatl, and very few pieces can be read in Spanish. In 2005, it was listed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. Photo by Bénédicte Desrus