The Ernie Pyle Library is a small white house with a white picket fence in the residential neighborhood at 900 Girard SE. It is located halfway between Central Avenue & Gibson Blvd at the corner of Santa Monica Street and Girard SE.
The Ernie Pyle Library is not accessible. The building and grounds include steps, narrow passages, and small spaces. The building was Ernie and ‘Jerry’ Pyle’s 1,129 square foot home built in 1940. It is a National Historic Landmark and it is on the State, City and National registers of historic places. The closest accessible Libraries include San Pedro Library, South Broadway Library and Erna Fergusson Library.
Route #18: Broadway/University/Gibson. Plan your trip here.
Take I-25 to the Coal Avenue exit. Head east on Coal Avenue. Go 1.8 miles to the stop light at Girard. Turn right (south) onto Girard Blvd, and go two/tenths of a mile to the Library.
Surface Street Directions:
Gibson to Girard; North on Girard to Santa Monica.
Ernie Pyle Library does not have any meeting or study rooms. Please see our list of Meeting & Study Rooms at other Public Library branches.
2 Public Computers (Windows 7 with Microsoft Office 2013 and Internet access)
Free Wireless Internet Access
Printing Services - 15¢ per page
USB Thumb Drive - $4.40 each
Faxing Services - $1.00 per 5 pages (local and toll free numbers only)
Copy Machine - 20¢ per page
Every Child Ready to Read 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. Preschool Storytime is targeted for ages 3 - 5 and takes place outside, underneath the sycamore tree (weather permitting) from May to October.
The Ernie Pyle Library is the former home of famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle. The City of Albuquerque acquired the house from the Pyle estate and in 1948 opened it as a branch library. You'll find Pyle memorabilia alongside the library's books and media.
Every detail, including the picket fence built by Pyle and the grave marker of his dog, Cheetah, has been carefully preserved. In 1997 the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark on September 20, 2006.
For more information, visit our Who was Ernie Pyle? page.
"I believe Carlsbad Caverns and Silver Springs [FL] are the two outstanding spots of small, fantastic natural beauty in the United States. I don't mean to include them with such gargantuas as the Grand Canyon or Mount McKinley. Those are colossal and old, while these are exquisitely fine brushwork. Carlsbad Caverns is best, of course, but in its way Silver Springs is just as fantastic. Silver Springs has the exaggerated colored beauty of a Walt Disney epic. Down there you see mountains and glaciers and snowstorms in puppet fashion. And it's all natural - man hasn't monkeyed with it. You see dark-blue catfish so big you could hardly lift one. You see water reeds so violently colored that you say there just can't be such colors." ~Ernie Pyle
Preschool Storytime happens May 18 - October 12, 2017!
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. under the sycamore tree, weather permitting.
Our Read to the Dogs program is the 2nd Saturday of each month!
Stop by at 10:30 a.m. to meet Isla Rose! Your child can read to a registered therapy dog in a relaxed atmosphere. The dog sits calmly and quietly for a story while children practice reading out loud without fear of judgment. It's a great way for children to gain confidence in their reading. Our registered dog is provided by Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers.
Check out our events calendar for more information, and other upcoming events!