New Mexico State Library provides specialized reference and research service to public libraries statewide; legislative staff; state employees; historians; genealogists; and students of New Mexico state government, history and culture.
Assistance in locating materials and using both paper and online resources can be obtained by calling or emailing NMSL reference services:
- Reference Desk: (505) 476-9702;
- Circulation Desk: (505) 476-9700
The Second Floor Research Room is open from 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The Southwest Research Room (ground floor) is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Both Reference Desks are staffed daily from Monday through Friday to serve clients with research requests. Parking is ample, computers are available for researchers, and wireless access is provided in the building.
State Library Reference Librarians can help you focus your research and direct you to appropriate online resources that provide a depth and precision that is not possible with Google and other common Internet search engines.
Researchers can use the New Mexico State Library online catalog, SALSA, to search State Library collections as well as the library collections of 7 other New Mexico State Agency libraries. Collections can be searched collectively or individually.
If you are unable to find a publication or report in the Online Catalog (SALSA) please: Ask a Librarian. Many publications in our collection are not included in the catalog and can only be located using print indexes. Librarians can also search library collections throughout the state and nation, allowing patrons to indentify titles for InterLibrary Loan.
New Mexico State Library provides Magazines Online, a collection of databases of magazines and journals to public, academic, and school libraries statewide and to state employees in New Mexico. Magazines Online currently consists of 37 Thomson/Gale databases. All libraries registered into Magazines Online are authorized to provide passwords to their patrons for remote access, thus giving any New Mexican access to the databases from anywhere. Contact your library for access to these databases (state employees call 476-9710).
The following journal indexes can be used in the State Library (no remote access)
- America History and Life - history journal articles
- JSTOR - full text articles in the humanities
The NMSL Interlibrary Reference Service answers reference questions from libraries across the state and is designed to help all New Mexico libraries best serve their own patrons. We complement and supplement the libraries’ own collections and expertise through
- in-depth and timely reference support to librarians;
- access to an extensive reference collection at the State Library; and
- availability of professional development materials for library science.
The State Library uses its many resources to answer questions on topics such as
Census and statistics
Native American and Hispanic studies
New Mexico history
Interlibrary Reference Hotline Number (for use by libraries only) - 1-800-876-2203
Hours: 10 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, except holidays.
We answer questions immediately when we can or within two business days.