All Albuquerque & Bernalillo County Libraries are CLOSED until further notice.
Assistance is available by phone Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
• For general information please call (505) 768-5141.
• For help with your account or a library card call (505) 768-5170.
Dates for holds, checked out items, and library cards have been extended for the duration.

While we are closed, check out all the digital resources available online.

Local History

Local History Collections available at the Special Collections Library.

Local History Collections

About Special Collections

The Special Collections Library houses the Public Library's research collections on Albuquerque history and New Mexico history and culture. From popular treatments of ghosts and aliens to scholarly publications on history, anthropology, archaeology, religion, language and art, the collection covers a wide range of interests. Although the primary focus is on the greater Albuquerque and Bernalillo County area, excellent resources for researching the pre-Entrada, Spanish Colonial, Mexican, Territorial, and Statehood eras of New Mexico and the greater southwest are readily available.

Materials are available for in-house use only. A photocopier is available.


Archival boxes     New Mexicana Room

Maps and Vertical Files

Portion of Rio Grande Mapping project image

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