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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.


Chess Club    all ages
Come join us every 1st Saturday 3:30-5:00pm to learn a fun, addicting game that requires skill and strategy. Learn chess setup and rules for kids and beginners.

Crafty Club    Children/Family
Join us every Monday at 10:30 a.m. for fun crafts, music, games, and more! All supplies provided. For Ages 3-8.

LEGO Club    Children ages 6 and up
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Saturday 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 complete a STEM challenge or build a unique LEGO creation of your own.

Playdate    Children/Family
Read...Play...Grow! Join every Thursday at 10:30am for a fun playdate group where children can connect with each other, build social skills and engage in creative and unstructured play.

After School Makers    Children/Family
Join us on the 2nd Tuesday each month @ 4:30pm for guided S.T.E.A.M. activities that allow you to get in touch with your inner artist, innovative engineer and mad scientist!



Teen Artists    ages 9 - 17
Teens & Tweens ages 9-17 can have your art featured on our Teen Room white board! Inquire at the front desk for more information or to schedule a time to complete your masterpiece.



Origami Club    adult
Join us for origami the 1st Wednesday of every month 5:30-6:30pm. Every month we learn a new origami shape or project. All materials provided

Coloring Club    adult
Join us for adult coloring on the 3rd Friday of every month 4-5pm! We provide adult coloring pages and supplies to relax for an hour of creativity. This event will be a kid-free zone!

Creative Writing Workshop    adult
Join us for a monthly creative writing workshop! We will provide prompts or ideas to inspire you, or you can write on anything you want. All levels of experience are welcome! No registration required.


Book Clubs

Silent Book Club    adult
Come join us at our monthly Silent Book Club! We will have one hour set aside for you to sit and read - anything you want! - followed by half an hour to socialize and talk about what you read (or keep reading!)

Not Your Mama’s Book Club    adult
A new kind of book club for a new kind of reader. Read what you want, how you want. Join us the last Monday of every month 6-7pm. Every month we'll have a new theme we'll be reading and chatting about! All ages welcome!


Baby Storytime    0 - 3, families
Join this interactive storytime with your child that includes early literacy fun with books, songs, fingerplays and body movement. Every Tuesday at 10:30 am.

Preschool Storytime    preschool (ages 3 - 5) and families
Preschoolers are invited to build their literacy skills through stories and crafts. Every Wednesday at 10:30 am.

Bilingual Storytime    ages 5 - 12
Cuentos Familiares - Ven a disfrutar de un divertido y interactivo tiempo de oír cuentos en español. Un programa para niños de todas las edades. Presentando libros, musicá y danza. Tercer viernes de cada mes a las 10:30am.

Goodnight Storytime    ages 0 - 8 and their families
Join us on the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm for an evening storytime featuring early literacy activities, show and tell for kids who want to share, and stories of course! For children 0-8 and their families.



Sunday Movies    families
Central & Unser Library Presents: Sunday Movies! Come to Central & Unser Library and watch a free showing of a movie.

Anime Movie    all ages
Come and relax and watch your favorite movies at the Central & Unser Library. Join us on the 2nd Monday of every month at 4:30 p.m. 

Monthly Movie Showing    ages 17 and up
3rd Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m. Join us and watch a popular movie for mature audiences only. Movies shown have an (R) Rating - Age 17 and over only. Photo ID required to enter.

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


Help Sessions

ABQ Center for Hope and Recovery    adults
Job development coaches of Albuquerque Center for Hope & Recovery available all week Monday through Friday 10-4 for help with resume writing, personal appearance, and interview techniques. Coaches also provide Peer Support Drop-In Services, Support Groups, Addict 2 Athlete, UNM Pathways.

Computer Help    all ages
Get computer help Thursdays 4-5pm and Saturdays 2-3pm. Bring your own computer or device, or use one of our public computers. No registration required.

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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