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Central & Unser LibraryCentral & Unser - Patrick J. Baca Library

 8081 Central NW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Ben Ridout, 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

Fax Machine  Faxing Services - $1.00 per 5 pages

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.

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.

Central & Unser Playdate - Read...Play...Grow!
Playing and learning go hand in hand. Join our fun playdate group where children can connect with other children while providing them with the opportunity to build their social skills and engage in creative and unstructured play with books, toys, music, and all the room you need to have fun.

Lego Club   children
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Saturday each month at 3:30 p.m. for our LEGO Club. Children ages 6 and up may work as a team or on their own to build unique LEGO creations. LEGO pieces provided for attendees; please do not bring LEGO pieces from home. 

Origami Club   adults
Join us for origami! Every month we learn a new origami shape or project. Recommended for adults. All materials provided.

Adult Coloring    adults
Join us for adult coloring on the 3rd Friday of every month! We provide adult coloring pages and supplies to relax for an hour of creativity. This event will be a kid-free zone!

One on One Computer Help    adults
Walk in computer help, no reservations needed. Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Adult Movie Night   adults
Join us every 3rd Monday of each month for screening of a New Movie. Movies are rated "R" and those attending will have to provide ID or be with a parent with ID.

Classic Movie Night
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month for a free screening of a classic movie!

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.

Central & Unser Library Update

Central & Unser Library is now open.

April 18, 2015: Grand Opening! View images from our Grand Opening Celebration on the Library's Facebook page.

December 2014: The building is on schedule to open in early spring of 2015! This is great news and thanks to the dedication of the construction staff, the architects and the City staff working on this incredible new library building. Construction work is in the final phase and should be complete in a few weeks. Once the building gets approvals on all inspections and receives a Certificate of Occupancy, there will still be a long list of items to be corrected or finished—the ‘punch list.’ That work needs to be complete in this 25,000 square foot building before installation of furniture and shelving can begin. We also continue work on hiring and training the 13 new staff that will be required to open this building.

A public library is a wonderful, multifaceted space where so much happens every day. The Westside Community and everyone working on this project is so proud to be creating such a great public library space for the citizens of Albuquerque! Councilor Ken Sanchez secured the majority of funding from City GO bonds, as well as working with the State and Bernalillo County to provide additional funding to help bring this project to fruition. I also want to recognize again the incredible private contributions that have made construction of this building possible. Donations from the Freedman Trust, the Albuquerque Library Foundation and many other individuals paid for almost 15% of total construction costs. Looking forward to the spring!

Dean Smith, Library Director

July 2014: Construction on the new Central & Unser Library is at the midway point. There has been lots of visible work in the last couple of months as the steel structure went up and the walls started to be framed in. Once the exterior is enclosed, work will begin on all the detailed interior fittings of wiring, plumbing, ductwork, floors, lighting and finishes. The project is still on schedule with an opening in the spring of 2015!

Dean Smith, Library Director

 October 2013: We are about to see work start on a new library to be located at the intersection of Central and Unser. The contractor has been selected and the 13 month project will break ground in early December. Expected opening will be spring of 2015! This will be a state of the art, full service library with plenty of community meeting spaces, study rooms, and computer access, as well as being a comfortable place to browse our collection of books, magazines, music, movies and more.

With the building nearing the start of construction, we are now ready to begin securing funding for the equipment and furnishings of this exciting new library. Stay tuned for more details.

Dean Smith, Library Director

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BIlingual One-on-One

One-on-One Computer Help

Get computer help every Thursday from 4-5 pm and Saturday from 2-3 pm. First come, first served with no registration. Bring your own computer or device, or use one of you Public PC hours. Learn more about computer classes at the Public Library.

Participants must have a library card in good standing.

Lego Club

Lego Club @ Central & Unser Library

Join us on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 4:30 p.m. for our LEGO Club. Children ages 6 and up may work as a team or on their own to build unique LEGO creations. Learn More...

Sunday Movies

Sunday Movies!

Join us at Central & Unser Library to enjoy a free showing of a movie every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Check our events calendar for movie titles and ratings.

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