The Library of the Congress of Mexico
( formerly the Santa Clara Church) mostly contains the records of the country's legislative sessions since its Independence. It is located at 29 Tacuba Street, near the corner with Bolivar in the historic center of Mexico City
. This structure was originally part of a Poor Clares convent founded in the 16th century, but was shut down by the Reform Laws of the 19th century. Since then, this building has been used as government offices, barracks and even a cantina. It current use was established in 1962, when the Library of Congress was founded by the Mexican government. Since then, the archives it houses have outgrown the building and a number are housed at the Palacio Legislativo de San Lázaro as well.
This building has 845m2 of space.However, since then, the library’s archives have outgrown the building and auxiliary buildings now house archives as well. Archives are now kept at the Palacio Legislativo de San Lázaro as well. The catalog is still maintained on cards, but a project called “Bibliomex” is converting this to digital format.