Programs & Services


(Santa Fe, NM, February 2, 2016) -- Due to retirements resulting in limited staffing, the New Mexico State Library is temporarily reducing the public hours for the Southwest Collection Room.

Beginning February 1, the Southwest Room will be open Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00PM. New Mexico newspapers will be available in the main library reading room on the second floor from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Telephone and email reference service hours remain unchanged, 10:00AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

The Southwest Collection is a resource for information on many aspects of New Mexico, such as state history, geography, and culture. The Southwest Collection is complemented by State and Federal Documents collections of the New Mexico State Library and the New Mexico State Archives, all located within a single facility.

About the New Mexico State Library

The mission of the New Mexico State Library is to provide leadership that empowers libraries to support the educational, economic, and health goals of their communities. The State Library also delivers direct library and information services to those who need them. The State Library supports research, life-long learning, and cultural enrichment for all New Mexicans. The New Mexico State Library is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

The Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the Department is one of the largest and most diverse state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, its facilities, programs, and services support a $5.6 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.

Media Contacts: Mary Ann Hatchitt, Communications Director, Department of Cultural Affairs // 505-795-0259

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