Anderson Reading Room in Zimmerman Library

The University Libraries (UL) system at UNM is comprised of four libraries, Centennial Science and Engineering Library, Fine Arts and Design Library. Parish Memorial Library for Business and Economics and Zimmerman Library. University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, an organization of the largest research libraries in North America, HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries and other consortial groups. The UL also serves as the regional depository of federal government publications for the state of New Mexico.

The Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) holds many unique materials, from rare books and manuscripts to photographs, local history, organizational papers, and the UNM University Archives. The holdings of New Mexico history, culture, government, and environment are, of course, a centerpiece of special collections. We are recognized nationally and internationally for the strength of our Latin American Collections. The collections for anthropology, photography, the history of photography, Southwest and border studies, and Hispano/Chicano collections are excellent . 

Books, magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals make up a substantial portion of the collections, but many other formats of information are included. Microforms, maps, DVDs, and posters are vital parts of the research and instructional process at UNM. Many parts of the collections are now available beyond the walls of any library in online digital formats. The acquisition of these materials accelerates with each year, now surpassing print and other tangible formats in terms of the number of titles available. A wide selection of ejournals, ebooks, digital music, and streaming video are available to all UNM students, faculty, and staff. The UL also leads the nation in developing processes to curate, store, and preserve research data created by UNM faculty and students and make it available to the world.

UNM collaborates with many libraries in the U.S. to expand the availability of information here in Albuquerque. Cooperative initiatives include interlibrary loan, cooperative purchase of electronic resources, and shared preservation and digitization projects.