Covid-19: Options for Library Resources & Services

Physical library items

Carryout Service

Our carryout service for print materials includes a pickup strategy that will allow for physical distancing and minimize contact between library employees and anyone picking up materials. Zimmerman Library remains closed as required by UNM guidelines so book pickups will happen only at the entrance doors on the north side.

How it works

Request items by Monday at 9 a.m. for pickup on Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Zimmerman Library's North entrance. UNM students, staff, and faculty should use the "Request It" button in the record for the item they are requesting. This will open the Inter Library Loan system, which we are using for our carryout service.  

Community borrowers do not have access to the InterLibrary Loan system, and so should use this form to request materials.

Once we receive your requests, we will check the items out to your account in advance to limit in-person interaction when you pick the books up on Friday. Do bring a valid ID with you when you are picking up your requests.

If there is a problem with the request, we'll contact you by email.

We'll hold the requests for two weeks, and then, if they haven't been picked up, remove them from your account and return them to the shelves.

Most circulating print items from any Main Campus library facility – Centennial Science & Engineering Library, Fine Arts & Design Library, Parish Memorial Library and Zimmerman Library – can be requested through this service, although items available as an ebook are generally not available for carryout per our agreement with the ebook provider. Items from special collections that do not normally circulate, as well as DVDs and other media with short loan periods, are not a part of this service.

Temporary Access to Book Scans

  • Through our participation in HathiTrust, we temporarily have access to scanned versions of over 800,000 books that we own in print. You can search HathiTrust after choosing University of New Mexico as the partner institution and logging in with your NetID. These items can also be found in our catalog. Please note that items available through HathiTrust cannot be borrowed via our carryout service.
  • In addition to the HathiTrust program, many other collections of online resources have become available. See the list posted to the Resources for Researchers tab for additional options.  

Returning Items

You can return all library books, including InterLibrary Loan materials, via the book returns located at the following central campus locations:

  • Parish Memorial Library book return, accessible for drive up returns on Las Lomas (next to the Anderson School of Management)
  • Zimmerman Library north and south entrance book entrances.
  • Centennial Science & Engineering Library book return.

Please allow three business days for returned items to be cleared from your account.

Overdue items

You can renew your items online (instructions for doing this) from the library website.   If you can't renew online or are having trouble renewing, please contact us at​.

We recognize the exceptional circumstances of the past few months and will not assess fines for late returns because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

For items that were overdue prior to March 16, please contact us at

Separation Checklist

I am retiring. Who can help me complete the library part of the Separation Checklist?


Contact our Ask a Librarian service and we will help you through the process. We are available by chat M-F, 9am to 6pm or by email.

Please note that in order to provide our confirmation/signature on the form, we will need to confirm that you have returned any Interlibrary loan and UNM Libraries materials checked out to you. Our book returns are open to help with this process.

Other Materials

What should I do with items such as calculators or keys?

We ask that you do not return equipment such as calculators to library book returns. Please return them to a service desk when our libraries re-open.

Library staff will reach out to everyone with study room keys to make arrangements for their future return.