State Government Documents Collection

Open to the public: Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.,
By appointment: Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00. 
Call: 505-476-9702 or Ask-a Librarian
Find out who owns New Mexico’s water and how it is being used … where the best schools are in town … the history of our state … what bills are going through the legislature that affect New Mexico’s families, businesses and environment.

The New Mexico State Library has an extensive collection of current and historical documents published by all New Mexico State Agencies.  These publications are intended for public use and are vital to the educational, business, personal, civic, legislative, and research needs of New Mexico citizens.

Some subject areas include:  Some types of  documents include:
  • health 
  • education
  • history/culture/art
  • energy
  • economics/business
  • agriculture
  • tourism
  • taxes
  • annual reports
  • periodicals
  • statistics
  • directories
  • newsletters
  • technical reports
  • laws and rules and regulations
  • maps









Copies of most state publications can be borrowed by visiting the State Library. Depository libraries throughout New Mexico also provided access as part of the State Depository Library Program. Other libraries may request these materials for individuals to borrow through the State Library’s interlibrary loan service. 

Use these tools to find what you are looking for:

· State Library’s online catalog—search by author, title, or subject

· For digital documents: State Library's online catalog  or via the digital archive

· Contact a reference librarian using Ask-a-Librarian, or call 505-476-9702

· Locate and visit a local depository -Directory of Depository Libraries

Specific digitized state publication collections are also available on the following sites:

· Agricultural Extension Service and Experiment Station publications- full text access to over 100 years of more than 3,400 circulars, guides, handbooks, annual reports, research reports, technical reports, task force reports, and research bulletins written from 1890 to the present.

· LoboVault a repository of scholarly publications from a variety of sources.

· State Mobile Apps Catalog- you may search by state, by category, or browse a list of all apps and links are provided for download


State Depository Library Program

The State Depository Program collects publications created by all state agencies with the intention of providing permanent and sustained access to New Mexico citizens. The reports, minutes, statistics, newsletters, bulletins, impact statements and countless other publications created each year by the various state agencies and commissions are a vital piece of New Mexico history. New Mexico’s Depository Library Program was established in 1978 when the State Legislature passed legislation creating the State Documents Depository Clearinghouse within the existing the State Library (18-2-4. J NMSA). This legislation also requires all state agencies to deposit copies of their publications with the Clearinghouse (18-2-4.1NMSA and NMAC) in a timely and ongoing basis. 

State agencies are required to send 30 copies of all paper publications for filing, distribution and public access to the New Mexico State Library (NMSL). The NMSL keeps 3 copies of each publication for historical, research and circulation purposes. The remaining copies are distributed as follow; a copy is sent to the New Mexico State Records and Archives, a copy is sent to the Library of Congress, and all other copies are sent to the state publications depository libraries around the state. Additionally, web-based and born digital state publications are filed by state agencies with the NMSL, digitally archived, and available for permanent access through the State Library's online catalog.

If you have any questions, please contact the Government Documents Librarian,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Agencies must fill out the filing form when sending print and/or digital documents.

Submit URLs and/or digital files to: 
What are the approved formats?
1) PDF
2) PDF/A.
Print Document Delivery
Library Rate or Interagency mail:

State Publications Program
New Mexico State Library
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507


Government Documents Listserv: NMGOVDOCS

NMGOVDOCS is an unmoderated e-list for those interested in anything relating to New Mexico state documents and Federal documents. This is an open list. While the focus of the listserv is the business of the New Mexico Depository Library programs, any and all questions and discussions concerning New Mexico state government publications, Federal publications, and the New Mexico Depository Library system are welcome.

TO SUBSCRIBE go to NMGOVDOCS and follow the instructions.

You will receive confirmation that your request to be on the list has been successfully processed, along with instructions on posting information, signing off, and proper etiquette for the listserv.More information about NMGOVDOCS, the New Mexico State Depository Library program, and/or New Mexico state publications can be found on the State Publications program page.

If you have any questions please contact the Government Documents Librarian, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


More Resources

Laws for Libraries (NM)

Annual Shiplist

Directory of State Depository Libraries

Publication Officer FAQ

Designation of Publication Officer Form

State Documents Filing Form




Government Apps

There are hundreds of Federal apps for all major platforms as well as mobile websites that work across various platforms. The apps and mobile websites created by Federal and state governments generally fall into a few basic categories:  government and legal document and data apps, government services apps, government website apps, and consumer tools apps.

You can search for particular government apps through app stores and marketplaces for various devices.  There are also two good government resources for government apps and mobile websites. 

Federal Mobile Apps Directory - you may view apps by agency, by topic, or by mobile platform and links are provided to allow download for free or to view the mobile website

State Mobile Apps Catalog - you may search by state, by category, or browse a list of all apps and links are provided for download

Government and Legal Document and Data apps>

Congressional Record

Presidential Documents

US Constitution

Today's Document - National Archives and Records Administration

America's Economy - Census Bureau

Federal Budget

Digest of Education Statistics - National Center for Education Statistics

Government Services apps>

IRS2Go  - Internal Revenue Service

USAJOBS - Federal career and job search site

BARD - National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

dwellr - Census Bureau

Government Website apps>




CDC - Centers for Disease Control


EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

VA - Veterans Affairs

Government Consumer Tools>

Fuel Economy - Department of Energy

Alternative Fuels Data Center - Department of Energy

Currency Identifier - Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Border Wait Times - US Customs and Border Protection

Heat Index Safety - Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Ladder Safety - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Internet Speed Test - Federal Communications Commission

TSA - Transporation Security Administration

BARD- Braille and Audio Reading Download


 BARD Login


Digital books from the National Library Service (NLS) are now available for download through BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). BARD contains nearly 65,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, and new works added regularly.


General BARD Inforamation

BARD Frequently Asked Questions

BARD Usage Instructions

BARD Mobile User Guide

BARD Talk News and Information


Application Links

BARD Application & Instructions

Download BARD mobile for iOS (Apple) device

Download BARD mobile for Android device

Download BARD mobile for Amazon device


BARD and your NLS Player

Books can be downloaded on to your computer and placed on a USB or NLS cartridge and then played with the use of your NLS Audio Player. Cartridges can be purchased at any of the following locations:

What you need to download books:

* a computer with high-speed internet access
* an active email address
* a digital player issued to you from an NLS regional library (or you can buy a third-party player)
* the ability to unzip the downloaded files and move them to either an empty cartridge (available for purchase) or to your USB flash drive (thumb drive) that has at least one gigabyte (1 GB) of storage. 

Playing in multiple books from one cartridge:

* Hold down the Play/Stop button until a beep sounds to put your digital player into bookshelf mode.
* Then use the FF (Fast Forward) and RW (Rewind) buttons, to the right and left of the Play/Stop button, to move from one book to another. The player will announce the title of each book.

Additional instructions for playing multiple books (Bookshelf Mode).

How does it work?

The digital player has been pre-programmed to play the downloaded audio books. Due to digital rights management restrictions, BARD digital books will not play on your computer or mp3 player.

There are also digital player firmware updates that are periodically available from NLS. Digital players shipped to patrons will have current firmware upgrades installed. This site lists software version enhancements and changes such as the ability to use a "bookshelf" mode that allows users to navigate among multiple books saved on one USB flash drive.
Playing MP3 and WAV Files

The digital player will also play mp3 and WAV audio files. Create a folder on your USB flash drive named audio+podcasts. (Be sure to use the + sign between the words audio and podcasts). Put your mp3 or WAV files in this folder. The audio files will then play in sequence based on their file names.

Additonal Devices used with BARD

You can download books to your Apple device, Android device, Kindle or any of the following:


Online resources created by other state libraries: 

  1. Audio overview of how to use BARD from the North Carolina LBPH 
  2. North Carolina BARD download tips sheet
  3. North Carolina BARD Mobile guide
  4. Oregon LBPH BARD information page 

Newspaper Collection


Newspapers at the New Mexico State Library

The New Mexico State Library’s newspaper collection includes current issues on paper and historic newspapers on microfilm with some searchable online. We currently subscribe to about 50 daily and weekly newspapers from throughout New Mexico. The microfilm collection consists of thousands of reels of newspapers (including many that are now no longer being published) dating back to 1849.

On the second floor of the State Library we have subscriptions to the following newspapers:

  • Albuquerque Journal
  • Santa Fe New Mexican
  • New York Times 
  • Wall Street Journal
  • New Mexico Business Weekly

In addition to these papers, we also have many current subscriptions to local New Mexico newspapers. Older issues of these newspapers can be requested by your local library through interlibrary loan so that you may view them there at your convenience.

You can find a listing of the historical newspapers that are held in the microfilm collection using our online catalog. Simply do a search for newspapers and then limit the results by microform.  If you need assistance finding a newspaper, please ask a librarian.

Using Newspaper Microfilm Resources at the New Mexico State Library

The New Mexico State Library's Southwest Collection holds thousands of rolls of microfilm for New Mexico newspapers dating from the territorial period of the 1850’s to the present.

This collection is currently available for in-library use Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Please note that the State Library is closed on all New Mexico state holidays.) View driving directions.

Microfilm reader/printers are available on site. Since we do loan microfilm, not every reel is available for in-library use every day. Please check our online catalog or contact the Southwest reference for assistance at 505-476-9790.

Most newspaper microfilm is available for interlibrary loan. The State Library will loan any other library up to 3 reels of microfilm per request for a period of 15 days with no renewals. Please contact your local library to initiate your request.

Historic New Mexico Newspapers Online

Chronicling America 

Chronicling America provides access to historic pre-1923 newspapers from all around the United States. Thus far, New Mexico has contributed almost 10,000 issues from 16 newspapers, dating back as early as 1890. These issues are full-text searchable and downloadable free online at the Library of Congress. 

UNM Digital Collection 

This collection includes digitized materials from libraries, archives, and museums in New Mexico. Focusing on the history and culture of New Mexico, the collections cover other topics and geographic areas as well. Over 100,000 pages of newspapers from around the state have been digitized, and the project continues.

New Mexico Newspaper Databases and Indexes

EL Portal  provides free 24/7 access to New Mexico residents to selected articles from 1,705 newspapers, including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and 15 New Mexico newspapers, including Taos News, Clovis News, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun (Tucumcari), and Mountain Mail (Socorro).

Newsbank is an online, searchable database providing access to selected articles from the following three New Mexico newspapers:  Albuquerque Journal 1/1/1995-present; Las Cruces Sun-News 2/14/2004-present; and the Roswell Daily Record 1/2/2002-present.

Obituary Database: Fray Angélico Chávez History Library

 This database is an index to obituaries in New Mexico newspapers and covers the period from the 1870's to 31 December 2005. This index is not complete and for the second half of the 20th century it is only a Santa Fe obituary index.


Newspapers in the SW Collection

Current newspaper subscriptions, Southwest Collection

City                                             Title of newspaper
Alamogordo                                             Alamogordo Daily News (microfilm only)
Albuquerque                                             Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque                                             Health City Sun (current year only)
Aragon                                                      Catron Courier
Artesia                                                      Artesia Daily Press
Aztec                                                         Talon
Carrizozo                                                  Lincoln County News (microfilm)
Clayton                                                     Union County Leader
Cloudcroft                                                 Mountain Monthly
Clovis                                                        Clovis News Journal (microfilm only)
Clovis/Portales                                          Eastern New Mexico News
Corrales                                                    Corrales Comment (current year only)
Cuba (NM)                                                Cuba News
Deming                                                      Deming Headlight
Dulce                                                         Jicarilla Chieftain
Española                                                    Rio Grande Sun
Fort Sumner                                               De Baca County News
Gallup                                                        Gallup Independent
Grants                                                        Cíbola Citizen
Hobbs                                                        Hobbs News Sun (microfilm only)
Las Cruces                                                 Las Cruces Sun-News (microfilm)
Las Vegas                                                  Las Vegas Optic
Lordsburg                                                  Hidalgo County Herald
Los Alamos                                                Los Alamos Monitor
Los Lunas                                                  Valencia County News-Bulletin
Lovington                                                   Lovington Leader (microfilm)
Placitas                                                      The Sandoval Signpost
Pueblo of Laguna                                       Kukadze’eta Towncrier
Rio Rancho                                                Rio Rancho Observer      
Roswell                                                      Roswell Daily Record (microfilm)
Ruidoso                                                      Ruidoso News (microfilm)
Santa Fe                                                     Green Fire Times
Santa Fe                                                     Santa Fe New Mexican
Santa Fe                                                     Santa Fe Reporter
Santa Rosa                                                 Guadalupe County Communicator
Silver City                                                   Silver City Daily Press
Socorro                                                      El Defensor Chieftain (microfilm only)
Taos                                                           Taos News
Texico                                                        The Stateline Tribune
Truth or Consequences                             Sierra County Sentinel
Tucumcari                                                  Quay County Sun (microfilm only)
Window Rock (AZ)                                    Navajo Times