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Public Library Overview

New Mexico has a total of 96 public libraries (excluding branches).

  • 77 are public libraries
  • 19 are tribal public libraries
  • 10 public libraries have branches

o   32 public libraries are located in cities

o   20 public libraries are located in villages

o   9 public libraries are located in towns (tribal publics not included)

o   15 public libraries are non-profit (county or village serves as fiscal agent)

New Mexico has 4 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). 7 of the state's 33 counties are classified as metropolitan by the United States Census Bureau.

  • Albuquerque MSA

o   Bernalillo County - 19 libraries (18 publics and 1 tribal publics)

o   Sandoval County - 14 libraries (7 publics and 7 tribal publics)

o   Torrance County - 3 public libraries

o   Valencia County - 3 public libraries

  • Farmington MSA

o   San Juan County - 3 public libraries

  • Las Cruces MSA

o   Doña Ana County - 4 public libraries

  • Santa Fe MSA

o   Santa Fe County - 6 libraries (3 publics and 3 tribal publics)

  • 2 county-wide systems

o   Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System

o   Los Alamos County Library System

  • 8 counties have only one library within the county.

o   Union

o   San Miguel

o   Curry

o   De Baca

o   Chaves

o   Quay

o   Roosevelt

o   Los Alamos

Populations Served - Legal Service Areas (LSAs)

  • 58 libraries (includes 41 publics and 17 tribal publics) serve populations less than 5,000
  • 70 libraries serve populations less than 10,000
  • 19 libraries serve populations between 10,000 and 50,000
  • 5 libraries serve populations between 50,000 and 120,000
  • 1 library serves more than 120,000 (ABQ = 660,000)

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