What We Do

Mission and History

History and Mission

Mission

The New Mexico State Library is committed to providing leadership that promotes effective library services and access to information to all citizens of New Mexico. The State Library provides services that support public libraries as well as delivers direct library services to rural populations, state agencies, the visually impaired and physically disabled, and students and citizens conducting research.

History

Traditionally, the State Library recognized its establishment when it began delivering statewide services in 1929. However, a dive into historical legislation by a Cultural Affairs legal intern led to the discovery that the State Library has been around even longer. 
 
In 1915, an act was passed “to regulate the management of the State Library.” The law reveals that a Board of Trustees was established, led by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Senate Bill Number 156, Section 6 reads, “The State Library shall be under the care and custody of a librarian who shall be appointed by said Board of Trustees, and who shall hold office at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees.” 
 
Then, in 1929, House Bill Number 210 was approved, and the State Library Extension Service for New Mexico was created. Headquartered at the Museum of New Mexico at Santa Fe, this extension service is how the State Library as we know it today evolved. Section 3 reads, “The purpose of this Service shall be to give advice and counsel to all public libraries, and to all communities wishing to establish free libraries, as to the best means of establishing and administering such libraries.”
 
Since that law was enacted in 1929, the State Library has had a unique leadership role among the state's various libraries: public, school, tribal, academic, and special. Using state and federal financial aid, library consulting services, technical and informational support, training, and professional development, the State Library encourages local library service. It also extends direct service to those portions of the state’s population that require special assistance, such as library service to those without access to public libraries and the visually and physically impaired. The State Library holds state and federal documents with information about government and government programs, Southwest resources, and collections of materials of special interest to other libraries, state agencies, and the general public.
 

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Mission

The New Mexico State Library is committed to providing leadership that promotes effective library services and access to information to all citizens of New Mexico.  The State Library provides services that support public libraries as well as delivers direct library services to rural populations, state agencies, the visually impaired and physically disabled, and students and citizens conducting research.

History

Established by the State Legislature in 1929, the New Mexico State Library has a unique leadership role among the state's various libraries: public, school, tribal, academic, and special. Using state and federal financial aid, library consulting services, technical and informational support, training, and professional development, the State Library encourages local library service. It also extends direct service to those portions of the state’s population that require special assistance, such as library service to those without access to public libraries and the visually and physically impaired.  The State Library holds state and federal documents with information about government and government programs, Southwest resources, and collections of materials of special interest to other libraries, state agencies, and the general public.

Welcome to the New Mexico State Library

The New Mexico State Library, established in 1929, is committed to providing leadership that promotes effective library services and access to information to all citizens of New Mexico. The State Library provides services that support public libraries as well as delivers direct library services to rural populations, state agencies, the visually impaired and physically disabled, and students and citizens conducting research.

  • The library supports public libraries by providing consulting services, offering training and continuing education opportunities, administering the librarian and librarianship certification program, coordinating a state-wide summer reading program and tribal library program, and administering state and federal grants to public libraries. 
  • Through special library services for government employees, the State Library serves state agencies. The State Library also provides public distribution of information published by the state government through the State Publications Collection.
  • Citizens benefit from State Library services provided directly in Santa Fe and through the state-wide Rural Services program (bookmobile services for those towns without a public library and books by mail services for home bound citizens) and Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program. The State Library also offers access to a state-wide database, Magazines Online, to all New Mexicans. 

Check us out and see what we’re all about… there are more than 2 million items in the State Library’s collection!

The library research room is open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.   

The Foundation Information Network and the Federal and state government publication depositories are also available Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00 by appointment.  Call 505-476-9702 or Ask-a Librarian.

Plenty of free parking is available.

Location: 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507-5166
Phone: (505) 476-9700

The New Mexico State Library, a part of the executive branch of state government, is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

Library Administration Contact Information

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State Librarian
Office #  (505) 476-9762
Cell #     (505)
 
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Deputy State Librarian
Office #  (505) 476-9712
Cell #     (505) 660-1845 
 
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Accountant/Auditor
Office#  (505) 476-9765
 
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Administrative Assistant
 
Location and Directions

The New Mexico State Library is located at 1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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