Center for the Book

The Center for the Book is located in the Special Collections library. The Center teaches about the history of writing and books.


Special Collections Library

423 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102


SUN Closed
MON Closed
TUE 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WED 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
THU 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
FRI 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

About Center for the Book

About The Center for the Book

Wooden type trayThe Center for the Book is located in the Special Collections Library, part of the Public Library. Volunteer docents lead field trips to teach about the history of writing and books. Instructors may request an emphasis on one of several areas, including early writing systems, the history of alphabets, illumination and printing. Field trips incorporate hands-on activities, including a tour of the antique and replica printing presses. Students are able to print a page as a souvenir of their visit. Field trips must be scheduled in advance.

To Schedule a Field Trip

To Schedule a Field Trip Shelf of antique books

Tours and presentations are designed to appeal to students in grades 4, 5 and 6. Please schedule your field trip at least three weeks before your visit. Allow two hours (not including transportation time) for the visit to the Center.

The Thomason Transportation Program provides free round-trip transportation to Title I schools for field trips to public libraries.

To schedule a field trip, please email Special Collections Library or call 848-1376.


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