Librería Martínez de Chapman University is one of the most meaningful community outreach endeavors of the College of Educational Studies. Situated in downtown Santa Ana, the nationally renowned Librería Martinez (in Spanish librería means bookstore, not library) was founded by our very own Presidential Fellow Ruebén Martínez over 20 years ago. He established a reputation for making literacy a priority in the Santa Ana community.
The bookstore also opened its doors to Latino authors and artists who wanted to exhibit their work and promote cultural pride. Ruebén also wanted to introduce the talent of these artists to the community at large. But, the most important objective at Librería Martínez is to honor books and promote a respect and love for reading. Now, under the auspices of Chapman University, Librería Martínez has also become an important cultural and community education center, offering a number of educational programs throughout the week and expanding the number of artists and authors during cultural events every month.