Special Collections opened again last year after its long closure for renovations, and this branch is ready to start the new year with a bang!
A Pueblo-style building at the northwest corner of Edith Boulevard and Central Avenue, the Special Collections branch is a research library. Its holdings include books, maps, magazines, newspapers, reports, pamphlets, and archives that illuminate the history and culture of the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico. It is also home to the Center for the Book, a hands-on learning center that presents programs on the history of books and printing to area school children and interested groups (pre-arranged tours are available - contact the library for more information). Although the collections at Special Collections are for in-library use only, it is a holds pickup location, and there are 6 internet computers available for use by the public, with a valid library card. There are even 3 meeting rooms available for public use, when not in use by the library system.
In addition to these regularly offered services, Special Collections features a number of events! On January 12th, the monthly 2013 Speakers Program, sponsored by the Special Collections Library, kicks off with Brian Lucero's talk about "From Corrales to Pajarito: The Original Spanish Neighborhoods Along the Rio Grande". Special Collections also hosts our Gizmo Garage program on January 17th, for those needing help checking out, downloading, and transferring to devices eBooks and eAudiobooks from our digital library.
Additionally, Special Collections Library is hosting the last film in ABC Library's Books to the Big Screen filmfest, Vertigo, on January 26th, and on February 5th the library will feature the music of the Portland Cello Project, presented by AMP Concerts.
So why not make a stop at Special Collections soon? The Genealogy Center has moved to the second floor of Main Library, but there is still plenty to see and do at Special Collections. For information about collections (including books, archives, maps, and vertical files), Albuquerque Historical Postcards, hours, and much more, visit the branch website!