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Special Collections LibrarySpecial Collections Library

423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Kathryn Seidel, 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.

With the completion of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction in front of Special Collections metered parking is once again being enforced. Details Below


Closed Closed 10–6 10–6 11–7 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 four-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.

Meeting Rooms

The Special Collections Library has two meeting rooms. Botts Hall will hold a maximum of 100 people and Center for the Book will hold a maximum of 30 people. To schedule the rooms in advance, 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 online, see our online booking form.

Study Rooms

The Special Collections Library has a study room (New Mexicana Room) that will hold a maximum of fifteen people. 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  6 Public Computers (Windows 7 with Microsoft Office 2013 and Internet access)

WiFi  Free Wireless Internet Access

Printer  Printing Services - 15¢ per page

USB Thumb Drive  USB Thumb Drive - $4.40 each

Fax Machine  Faxing Services - $1.00 per 5 pages (local and toll free numbers only)

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.

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

Monthly Matinee     all ages
First Saturdays of each month at 2pm - Come explore New Mexico history through film! This is a free event! Event calendar here

Special Collections Speakers Series    adults
Making Change is an ongoing series about the businesses, people, and projects that formed Albuquerque as we know it today. Presented at Special Collections by the Public Library, Historic Albuquerque, Inc., and Oasis Albuquerque.

Special Collections Library Tour    all ages
Take a tour of Albuquerque's oldest public library. The Special Collections 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. Our monthly tours are on the 4th Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m.. You are also welcome to call us at 505-848-1376 or to email us to schedule a tour if the regularly scheduled tour is not convenient.

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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, and the greater southwest.

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.

Local History - Programs

Speaker Series

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


Local History - Collections

Albuquerque Historical Postcards

Greetings from Albuquerque postcardAlbuquerque Historical Postcard Collection at the Special Collections Library includes more than 2,000 postcards published throughout the 20th Century. Assembled from donations received over many years, it is organized into geographical and subject categories.

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

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.

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