For Visitors

Using Facilities and Collections
Using Computers
Visitors wishing to use computers for academic use may request a Community Computer Pass from the library service desk.
  • A valid government issued photo id will be required before a Community Computer Pass will be issued.
  • Community Computer Passes can only be used on designated computers in each library.
  • Community Computer Passes are good for 60 minutes per day.
  • Visitors can purchase copy cards in order to use our printing and copying services.
  • See our Computer Use Policy for more information.
Borrowing Materials
Anyone is free to use materials in the library building with the exception of certain electronic resources licensed only for UNM users. Visitors may borrow materials by obtaining a community borrower card.  Certain students and affiliates of other organizations are eligible to have the $35 fee waived.  See our Community Borrowers Policy for more information.
Special Events & Exhibits
Zimmerman Library
The Libraries regularly have lectures, classes and other events. Exhibit spaces are also located in the Waters and Herzstein rooms of Zimmerman Library.  Find more information about our current events & exhibits.  In addition, visitors may want to visit Zimmerman Library's historic West Wing.
Library Tours & Classes
University Libraries offers classes on research strategies and effective use of library and web resources, as well as tours of library buildings. In keeping with our mission, we give priority to members of the UNM community. Library instruction services will be provided to non-UNM groups as time and resources permit. To schedule a class or tour, please see our FAQ.
Zimmerman Library
Visiting Scholars
Zimmerman Library

Visiting researchers with questions about holdings or access questions about collections and resources are encouraged to contact the subject librarian for that area or use the Ask a Librarian service.

Visiting researchers who would like to borrow items from the University Libraries collections are advised to review Community Borrowers services, including reciprocal agreements with other institutions: Community Borrowers Policy.

Visiting researchers who wish to use electronic resources are advised to bring a laptop, which library staff can help them configure for use on UNM’s campus wireless network, and which can be used in any area of the libraries. Please ask at any library Service Desk for additional information.

If visiting researchers do not have a laptop, guest desktop computers are available at all central campus libraries. These computers offer a 1 hour period of access within a 24-hour period. For more information, please see: Library Computer Use Policy

If visiting researchers are working with a UNM department or center on an in-depth project or for a prolonged period, the Libraries advise working with staff in the host department or center to explore other affiliate programs and services offered by the University.

Visiting researchers (faculty, staff, and graduate students) with current status at a New Mexico Coalition of Academic Libraries (NMCAL) institution may use the NMCAL Passport service as well as UNM’s NMCAL Passport Plus service. All NMCAL Passport require verification of status with the home NMCAL institution. The Passport Plus program also requires a photo ID. Please ask at any library Service Desk for additional information.

Visiting researcher services do not include the following: Interlibrary loan/Document delivery; reserved carrel, group study, or locker spaces; off-campus access to electronic resources; extended hour access to library facilities; loan of laptops or other devices; UNM email accounts.

Libraries are open to the public during most open hours. Click on each of the four branch libraries for more information.

Centennial Science & Engineering Library
Fine Arts & Design Library
Parish Memorial Library
Zimmerman Library