Branch Info

Special Collections Library

423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Deborah Maestas, Branch Manager


The Special Collections Library of the Public Library houses research collections on Albuquerque history and New Mexico history and culture. The 1925 Pueblo/Spanish Revival-style building is a registered Albuquerque landmark in the historic Huning Highlands neighborhood. The research collections are available for in house use only. Researchers must have a library card in good standing to access some materials.


Closed Closed 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6


By Bus

Route #66 Central Ave. Plan your trip here.

Rapid Ride 766/Red Line and 777/Green Line buses stop near Special Collections Library by request.

By Car

Freeway Directions:
Take Interstate 25 to the Martin Luther King Jr Drive exit. Go west on MLK towards downtown. The first traffic signal west of the Albuquerque Regional Medical Center (formerly St Joseph's Hospital) is Edith Blvd. Turn left onto Edith and go south two blocks.

Surface Street Directions:
Take Central Avenue to Edith Blvd NE. There is a traffic signal at the intersection.


Parking along the west side of Edith is metered. Meters can be paid with coins or credit cards. The fee is $1.00 per hour, with a two-hour limit, enforced from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is no charge for vehicles with disability permits. The appropriate placard must be displayed. Free parking is available for green vehicles registered with the City of Albuquerque's Parking Registration.

On-street parking in the neighborhood is by permit only between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. Library customers are advised to pay close attention to parking signs and curb markings. See here for a map showing parking locations around the Special Collections library.

Please be reminded that the dirt lot on the northeast corner of Edith and Central is now paid parking. The company which runs the paid parking allows you to book a parking space ahead of time.

Special Collections has three meeting rooms available for use by the public when not in use by the Library System. Botts Hall is an auditorium that seats over 100 people. The Center for the Book can seat up to 30 people. The New Mexicana Room has a capacity of 15.

To inquire about the rooms please stop by the information desk or call 848-1376. 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 and begin the booking process, see our online booking form.

Branch Amenities & Services

Computer  6 Public Computers (Windows 10 with Microsoft Office 2019 and Internet access)

WiFi  Free Wireless Internet Access

Printer  Printing Services - 15¢ per page

Copier  Copy Machine - 20¢ per page

Meeting Room  Meeting & Study Rooms Available for Public Reservation

book iconThe Center for the Book is located in the Special Collections Library, part of the Public Library. Volunteer docents lead field trips to teach about the history of writing and books.

Back in Time Tuesdays. 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. 

Ever Changing, Ever Growing. Bimonthly on the 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. — noon. 

Library Tour. Bimonthly on the 4th Saturday of the month, 11:00 a.m. — noon. 

Monthly Matinee. 1st Saturday of the month, 3:00 — 5:00 p.m. 

One on One House History Help. 4th Friday of the month. 

Snail Mail Social. Bimonthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 3:00 — 5:00 p.m. 

Library History?

Local History Collections

Vertical file material on Albuquerque's Civic AuditoriumOur research collections include everything from popular treatments of ghosts and aliens to scholarly publications on history, anthropology, archaeology, religion, language and art in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Although the primary focus is on the greater Albuquerque and Bernalillo County area, excellent resources for researching the Territorial and Statehood eras of New Mexico and the greater southwest are readily available.

Local History - Programs

Speaker Series

Special Collections presents speakers on local history topics bimonthly on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The current series is Ever Changing, Ever Growing.


Newsletter Sign Up

Newsletter Sign-Up

Center for the Book

Center for the Book

Trays of wooden typeExplore the history of the written word at the Center for the Book. Visitors are welcome to visit and explore independently, and staff can assist with scheduling a tour or a field trip.

Programs & Events

Printable Calendar

Printable Events Calendar


Online resources from Special Collections

Online Resources from
Special Collections

The web-pages at this link provide access to many of the digitized resources of the Public Library, research tools from Special Collections, and overviews of many of the items that can be found at Special Collections.