Help for Visitors & Community Borrowers

Visiting the Libraries

Due to the current health emergency, our libraries are currently closed to the public.

Access to specific materials in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections is available by appointment.

Borrowing Materials

Visitors may borrow materials by obtaining a community borrower card.  Certain students and affiliates of other organizations are eligible to have the fee waived.  See our Community Borrowers Policy for more information.

Special Events & Exhibits

Most of our online events and exhibits are open to the public. Visit our complete schedule of events and instructions on how to join.

Upcoming events include:

Library Classes

University Libraries offers classes on research strategies and effective use of library and web resources. In keeping with our mission, we give priority to members of the UNM community. Library instruction will be provided to non-UNM groups as time and resources permit. To schedule a class, please see our FAQ.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting researchers with questions about accessing our collections and resources are encouraged to contact the subject librarian for that area or use the Ask a Librarian service.

Visiting researchers who would like to borrow items from the University Libraries collections are advised to review Community Borrowers services, including reciprocal agreements with other institutions: Community Borrowers Policy.

If visiting researchers are working with a UNM department or center on an in-depth project or for a prolonged period, the Libraries advise working with staff in the host department or center to explore other affiliate programs and services offered by the University.

Visiting researchers (faculty, staff, and graduate students) with current status at a New Mexico Coalition of Academic Libraries (NMCAL) institution may use the NMCAL Passport service as well as UNM’s NMCAL Passport Plus service. All NMCAL Passport require verification of status with the home NMCAL institution. The Passport Plus program also requires a photo ID.

Services for visiting researchers do not include the following: Interlibrary loan/Library Express; reserved carrel, group study, or locker spaces; off-campus access to electronic resources; extended hour access to library facilities; loan of laptops or other devices; UNM email accounts.