Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas

Ruiz Branch


Tuesday & Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Masks must be worn by anyone visiting our library locations


Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas features a wide variety of materials in Spanish: books, magazines, fotonovelas, CDs, and DVDs. The library has unique bibliographic and audiovisual resources related to Latin American culture in Spanish and English. Regular staff members are bilingual.

Upcoming Events

No classes are currently scheduled.

Book Groups

No current book groups at this location.

At this branch

  • Computers: 9 for adults, 3 for kids, & 4 for teens
  • Free Wi-Fi access at all branches.

Seed Library at the Ruiz Branch

The Seed Library offers patrons FREE flower and vegetable seeds, as well as other resources to guide gardeners of all skill levels. Learn more »

Passport Services

All passport application services have been suspended at this time.

Branch History

The history of the Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas goes back to 1911 when the public school and public library created the Switzer Branch Library. In 1926 when West Junior High School opened, Switzer Branch moved and was named West Branch Library. In 1986 the school district and the library system separated, and two years later the West Branch was relocated to 901 Southwest Boulevard. In 1995 the West Branch was moved once again, to 525 Southwest Boulevard and on September 15, 2001 reopened at its current location at 2017 West Pennway and was renamed the Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas in honor of Irene Ruiz, a former librarian.