UNESCO Education UIL

Centro de Cooperación Regional para la Educación de los Adultos en América Latina y el Caribe (CREFAL), Mexico

Centro de Información, Investigación y Cultura (CEDIIC)

CREFAL is an international organization founded in 1951 jointly by UNESCO, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Mexico as a regional centre for adult education in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. CREFAL’s documentation and information services comprise the Biblioteca Lucas Ortíz Benítez with more than 60,000 titles on education including a section on adult education, a documentation centre specializing in adult education, and a database on adult education and related themes. All these services are accessible via the "Sistema de Boletín Electronico (B.B.S.)".

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Education, Lifelong learning, Social sciences

User Profile:

Researchers; academics, adult educators, students, policy–makers, NGO’s

Contact Information


Quinta Eréndira
Av. Lázaro Cárdenas 525
col. Revolución

C.P. 61609 Pátzcuaro, Mich.

(+52–434) 342 8185
(+52–434) 3428184
Contact person:
Alicia Márquez

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Director Guadalupe Amor
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Latin America and the Caribbean
Working Languages:
English, Portuguese, Spanish


Books and Documents:
45,426 (25,198 on education in general and 9,638 on education for adults in particular)
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Multimedia materials:
4,950 microfiches; 12 microfilms
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) 20th Edition
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
UNESCO: IBE Education Thesaurus
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Local lending services plus inter–library loan; searches in computerized database and in Internet; provision of bibliographical and other information. Online library

Publications Produced

2 Periodicals: “Revista Interamericana de Educación de Adultos”, “Desicio” 6+ books yearly

Special Activities

Preparation of bibliographies; analysis of documents on adult education and related subjects

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Financial limitations in organizing and controlling bibliographical information

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Automatization of all documentation and information services in order to allow direct access to information; facilitating access to databases via Internet

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Provision of CREFAL’s databases on adult education; provision of bibliographical information on adult education in Latin America and the Caribbean