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The Ernie Pyle Library will be closed for three weeks effective Tuesday, January 14th while the exterior paint is stripped in preparation for repainting.

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Ernie Pyle LibraryErnie Pyle Library

900 Girard SE 
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Lizzie Peacock, Site Supervisor


The Ernie Pyle Library will be closed for three weeks effective Tuesday January 14 while the exterior paint is stripped in preparation for repairs and repainting. Because of the age of the building, much of the exterior paint is lead based and requires professional handling when removed. Apologies for the short notice, we are taking advantage of an opening in the remediation company’s schedule to get this work done as soon as possible.


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 ADA accessible because the historic 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 ADA accessible Libraries include San Pedro Library, South Broadway Library and Erna Fergusson Library.


Closed Closed 10–6 11–7 10–6 10–6 10–6


By Bus

Route #18: Broadway/University/Gibson. Plan your trip here.

By Car

Freeway Directions:
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.

Meeting & Study Rooms

Ernie Pyle Library does not have any meeting or study rooms. Please see our list of Meeting & Study Rooms at other Public Library branches.

Branch Amenities & Services

  2 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

See additional information about our ongoing and special events by viewing our full event calendar.

Music & Movement Storytime    Ages 0-6
Enjoy a fun way to develop Early Literacy skills in young children with music, dancing, singing, stories and exploration of simple musical concepts. Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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.

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Background of the Ernie Pyle Library

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.

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Ernie Pyle:
In His Own Words

"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

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Recurring Programs

Music & Movement Storytime

Enjoy a fun way to develop Early Literacy skills in young children with music, dancing, singing, stories and exploration of simple musical concepts.

The 2019 weekly storytime begins May 2nd and runs through October 10th. We meet Thursdays at 10:30am under the sycamore tree, weather permitting


Isla RoseRead to the Dogs

Our Read to the Dogs program is the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:30am in the youth section. Stop by and 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.

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Patron Picks


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.

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