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

 8081 Central NW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Ann Bentley, 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.

Central and Unser Library has one meeting room. The Community Room holds a maximum of 100 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 one hour per person 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 10 with Microsoft Office 2019 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

Welcome back to in-person programs at the Public Library!

See the calendar on this page for upcoming programs at this branch.

Central & Unser Library Building History

April 18, 2015: Grand Opening! 

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

Left Box

Monthly Storytimes

Family Storytimes every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Bilingual Storytime every 2nd Tuesday of the month, mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Special Storytime every 4th Tuesday of the month, mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Crafty Club
Join us every 1st Monday of the month for fun-themed crafts, music, and more! All supplies provided.

Play Time

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday morning, we play, share, grow, and learn. Families of all ages are invited to participate in building blocks, making puzzles, imagining with puppets, and more!

Middle Box

After School Makers

2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 get an opportunity to tinker with materials and develop their imagination and critical thinking skills. Focused projects will be resented, however, participants are given the freedom to make their own designs using various materials provided. Pop in and join the fun!

Teen Anime & Manga Club

3rd Thursdays of the month, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Do you love shonen or shojo? My Hero Academia or Dragon Ball? Teens, come watch anime, read manga, discuss your favorite characters, and meet other teens who live the otaku lifestyle. For ages 13-17.

Virtual Reality Gaming
3rd Tuesdays of the month, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Experience the library's new virtual reality gaming system. Ages 13+. No registration required. Drop-in time slots only. 

Right Box

Journaling for your Health

Take a minute, grab a free journal from the Information Desk, take a breath, and write down or draw your thoughts, inspirations, and ideas for the day. This ongoing, self-guided activity will not only benefit your creativity but your mental well-being as well!

Journaling RPGs 

Be the hero of your own adventure and try a self-guided, role-playing game available at the Information Desk. We have several to choose from and all you need is a pen, paper, and yourself! 

Sunday Matinees

Join us every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for a movie showing. Films range in rating from G to PG-13. Movies are subject to change without notice.

Programs & Events

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