Branch Info

Central & Unser LibraryCentral & Unser Library

 8081 Central NW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Lindsey Miller-Escarfuller, Area Manager


The Central and Unser Library is located on Central Ave just west of Unser Blvd, next to the Central Unser Transit Station.


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By Bus

The Central and Unser Transit Center is directly to the north of the library. Routes #54: Bridge/Westgate, #66: Central Avenue, #198: 98th/Dennis Chavez, and #766: Rapid Ride Red Line all serve this location. Plan your trip here.

By Car

Freeway Directions:
Driving on I-40, take the exit NM 345 S onto Unser Blvd. Drive southbound on Unser for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Central and make an immediate right.

Surface Street Directions:
Drive west on Central Ave. Take the first right just past the intersection of Central and Unser.

Meeting Rooms

Central and Unser Library has two meeting rooms. The Community Room holds a maximum of 100 people and the Lawrence Charles Vargas Children's Activity Room holds a maximum of 40 people. Policy, rules and required forms for using the meeting rooms may be found at Meeting and Study Rooms as well as a list of meeting rooms at other branches. 

To view availability online, see our online booking form.

Study Rooms

Central and Unser Library has 3 study rooms that will hold a maximum of six people each. The study rooms may be reserved (call 768-4320) up to one week in advance for no more than two hours per person/group a day. Check in at the Information Desk with your library card to gain access to the study room.

Branch Amenities & Services

Computer  51 Public Computers (Windows 7 with Microsoft Office 2013 and Internet access)

WiFi  Free Wireless Internet Access

Printer  Printing Services - 15¢ per page

USB Thumb Drive  USB Thumb Drive - $5.75 each

Fax Machine  Faxing Services - $1.00 per 5 pages (local and toll free numbers only)

Copier  Copy Machine - 20¢ per page

Meeting Room  Meeting & Study Rooms Available for Public Reservation

Early Literacy  Early Literacy Station

See additional information about our ongoing and special events by viewing our full event calendar.

Family Storytime    families
Family Storytime is a weekly program for children of all ages, featuring books, puppets, music, movement, science activities, movies and/or crafts to encourage early literacy skills.

Music & Movement Storytime    families
These storytimes are a fun way to develop early literacy skills in young children with music, dancing, singing, stories and exploration of simple musical concepts. Music & Movement Storytime is appropriate for ages 0 - 6.

Preschool Storytime    families
Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets and more that encourage development of early literacy skills in young children, using the guidelines from the Every Child Ready to Read program. Weekly Preschool Storytime is targeted for ages 3 - 5.

Baby Storytime    families
Join this interactive storytime with your child that includes early literacy fun with books, songs, finger plays and body movement.

Gizmo Garage    adults
Learn how to checkout and download library eBooks and eAudiobooks during our monthly help session. Bring your device for hands-on help.

Bilingual One on One Computer Help    adults
Get computer help, in Spanish and English, every Wednesday from 4-5 pm. First come, first served with no registration. Bring your own computer or device, or use one of you Public PC hours. Participants must have a library card in good standing.

Monthly Children’s Program: Come and join the cool kids at the Central & Unser Library
Each month we will something fun to do, including: crafts, make and take creations, games, movies, and stories.

Monthly Tween and Teen Program: It’s your time to hang out at the Central & Unser Library    teens and tweens
Come and unleash your imagination and discover what we have planned just for you. You might be watching a movie, creating something crafty, or winning a video game tournament.

Sunday Movies    families
Central & Unser Library Presents: Sunday Movies! Come to Central & Unser Library and watch a free showing of a movie. Be sure to call the library at 768-4320 to make sure a movie is showing this Sunday.

Crafty Club for Kids    families
Join us for fun crafts, music, games, and more! For ages 3 - 8.


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Bilingual One on One Computer Help

Computer imageGet computer help, in Spanish and English, every Wednesday from 4-5 pm. First come, first served with no registration. Bring your own computer or device, or use one of you Public PC hours. Participants must have a library card in good standing.

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Monthly Programs...

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Monthly Tween and Teen Program-
2nd Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.

Monthly Children's Program-
4th Monday of the month

Monthly Gizmo Garage-
3rd Friday of the month

TREP Center @ Central & Unser

TREP Center @ Central & Unser Library

TREP Center

The TREP Center is ABC Library’s hub for small business owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers. At the TREP Center, you'll find information resources curated with the startup community in mind.

In addition to print and digital resources, the center is home to Book-a-Librarian. Make an appointment for a consultation with a librarian with special training in connecting citizens to innovation and planning resources throughout Albuquerque. 

CU Public Art

Public Art @ Central & Unser Library

Beacon, by artist Greg Reiche, is a large sculpture made of Texas Cream Limestone, stainless steel, and iridized glass. The sculpture was installed at the Central & Unser Library on August 4, 2015. Learn more...

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