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.
Read to the Dogs children
For children of all ages, reading to appreciative and non-judgmental furry friends helps to increase kids' confidence and joy of reading. Dogs visit on the second Saturday of the month. See more information about Read to the Dogs.
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.
"Santa Fe is seven thousand feet up, and a newcomer has to gasp for breath the first few days. It gets very cold in winter and there is snow. But in summer it's cool, and people pay two hundred dollars a month for a house that goes for forty in winter. The climate is fine for tuberculars. Lots of people you meet, looking robust and full of vim, came out on stretchers. Yet you don't feel a sanitarium-town atmosphere. It is the second oldest city in the United States, next to St. Augustine, Florida. Coronado came from Mexico and roamed all around there in 1540. The whole Rio Grande Valley drips with history and with ancient Spanish and Indian culture. And I don't know of a town in America that has such astoundingly long unfoldings of nature as you see from just outside Santa Fe." ~Ernie Pyle
Our Preschool Storytime runs from May 3 - October 11!
We meet 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!
Have you read a book lately that you loved or found thought provoking? Fill out a bookmark and tell us why it's a favorite. We want to hear from you! Ask the library staff at Ernie Pyle Library how to get started.
Help us celebrate by sharing your memories or those passed down by a family member (of the man or the library), and we will read them out loud at our branch anniversary celebration in October.