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Main LibraryMain Library

501 Copper NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Joshua Fox, Area Manager


Main Library is in downtown Albuquerque on Copper Avenue NW, between 5th and 6th streets.


Closed 10–6 10–7 10–7 10–6 10–6 10–6


By Bus

Several bus routes including Central Avenue Route #66,  Rapid Ride #766 (Red Line) and Rapid Ride #777 (Green Line) serve the Main Library. Plan your trip here.

By Car

Freeway Directions from I-40:
Take I-40 to the 6th Street exit. Drive southtbound on 6th Street until you reach Copper Avenue. The library will be on the left, between 5th Street and 6th Street, on Copper Avenue.

Surface Street Directions from Montano:
Take Montano to 2nd Street. Go south on 2nd Street. 2nd Street will turn into 3rd street after the I-40 overpass. Follow 3rd Street to Lomas, and turn right (west) onto Lomas. Take Lomas to 6th Street and turn left (south). Stay on 6th Street until you reach Copper Avenue. The library will be on the left, between 5th and 6th Streets, on Copper Avenue.


In addition to metered street parking, up to two hours of free parking is available at the Very Special Arts parking garage on the southeast corner of 5th and Copper. Bring your parking stub from this garage to the Circulation desk for validation.

Meeting Rooms

The Main Library has a large community room that holds 200+ people, two small conference rooms that each hold 15 people, and an auditorium that holds 200+ people.  Policy, rules and required forms for using the meeting room 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

The Main Library has five study rooms that will hold a maximum of four people each. The study rooms may used 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 rooms.

Branch Amenities & Services

Computer  39 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

ABQAHC  Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless

Al's Big Dipper  Al's Big Dipper Sandwich Shop

  Friends of the Public Library Bookshop

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

Baby and Toddler Storytime    families
Enjoy an interactive storytime with your child that includes early literacy fun with books, songs, fingerplays and body movement. Weekly Baby and Toddler Storytime is targeted for ages 0 - 3.

Family Fun     families
Join us on the first and third Saturdays of every month from 11:30 to 1:30 for fun, interactive family activities. This program is open to families with children ages 0-12.  For more information, please contact the Main Library Children's Room at 768-5136.

Genealogy Research Day    adults
On the last Tuesday of every month, join members of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society and Library staff for individual assistance with your family history research. Whether you are just starting your or have hit a roadblock with your research, you’ll get plenty of support to move your family history search forward. Please bring your family charts and any other relevant information that could help your search.

Military Research Day    adults
On the first Tuesday of every month, join members of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society to explore your family's military history. Find out more about the military resources available from the Genealogy Center. Begins with a discussion and question session and then an opportunity to do research. Come and go or come and stay all day.

Music & Movement Storytime    families
These storytimes are a fun way to develop early literacy skills in young children with music, dancing, singing, stories and exploration of simple musical concepts. Music & Movement Storytime is appropriate for ages 0 - 6.

Read to the Dogs    children
Reading to appreciative and non-judgmental furry friends helps to increase kids' confidence and joy of reading. See more information about Read to the Dogs.

Walk-in Computer Help    adults
Get computer help every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and every Thursday at 3 p.m. Stop by for tips, problem-solving, and instruction on: internet, email, resume writing, job searches, basic computer skills, Microsoft Word basics, and library eResources. No registration required. Participants must have a library card in good standing.

Wide World of Mystery Book Group    adults
On the last Friday of every month, come and add to the lively discussion of the current mystery selection.

Friends of the Library Book Sale    all ages
On the second Saturday of every month, stop by to browse and shop the latest selection of books from the Friends of the Library.

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Foundation Center

Foundation CenterAs a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner, Main Library makes available databases, books and training opportunities for our community. Click here for more information or call 768-5141.

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Book Group

Book GroupLooking for something good to read, and a group of friends to share it with?

Call or Ask Us for more information about our Book Group and click here for details about details of programs at other branches.

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Genealogy Center

genealogyThe Genealogy Center includes a non-circulating collection of over 20,000 titles and 31,000 volumes organized by country, state, and county; a computer lab dedicated to genealogy research with databases of special interest to genealogists; a microfilm collection and machines for viewing microfilm and microfiche.

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