South Campus Repository

Each year University Libraries adds more than 20,000 physical items to our collections without the possibility of adding more square feet to existing buildings. That amount of new material requires nearly ½ mile of shelving – the distance on Central Ave. between Yale Blvd and Girard Blvd.

We are now planning for the occupation of a new library facility on South Campus. Having additional space in the South Campus Repository will allow us to maintain and continue to build our strong print collections.

May 2021 Update

The Fire Marshall is expected to make a final inspection in May. May 17th is the last day scheduled for the lighting project and should be completed on that day. We should be able to occupy the building soon after that date. The order picker was received and is in place. OSHA training will be scheduled for the SCR staff and Facilities Services staff soon. View photos of the project.

January 2021 Update

The South Campus Repository high bay, high density shelving has arrived, and the installation is now in progress.  We expect completion by the end of February, 2021. The wire guidance system will be installed after the shelving installation work has been completed.

April 2019 update

The New Mexico Legislature approved and the Governor signed off on a 1.14 million dollar appropriation to pay for the cost of new shelving for the SCR. Installing library shelving will make the best use of space ad maximize the amount of storage available.

What will the South Campus Repository be used for?

The repository will house less-used library materials in a climate-controlled, high-density environment allowing us to address significant space constraints in our existing Central Campus libraries – Zimmerman, Centennial Science & Engineering, Fine Arts & Design and Parish Memorial Libraries.

Please see the Policy for Repository Selection for more information.

What changes are being made to the building?

Structural changes have been made to the space. HVAC upgrades, lighting and fire suppression systems have been upgraded. We are working with various UNM departments on planning for other needs.

What is the process for choosing what will be relocated?

Our first steps involve analyzing circulation and use data for our collections. We will also incorporate information on peer library holdings and identify what items we have that are unique.

Library faculty and staff will have completed a collection analysis and have been having discussions with the campus community. We are particularly interested in feedback on collections that faculty consider to be critical for retention on open shelves in our main campus libraries. One of our guiding principles will be to continually review and revisit any decisions in the future as the need arises.

When will materials begin to be moved?

The building should be ready for the library to move materials in Spring 2021.

How will patrons get access to materials moved to the South Campus Repository

Material moved to the South Campus Repository will continue to be available through both electronic delivery as well as courier pickup and delivery.

How can UNM faculty and staff give input on what gets moved?

Feel free to email the planning committee at anytime.