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Third Floor of Zimmerman

The third floor of Zimmerman boasts quiet study spaces within the book stacks and a colorful Children's Literature area, along with one campus location for the Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS), which offers peer tutoring in topics like writing, math and sciences, business and economics, and languages.  Library staff can help direct you to their spaces.  

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Zimmerman Library

Photograph of the primary entrance of Zimmerman Library on UNM campus


Zimmerman Library is located on the north side of Smith Plaza and houses collections for education, humanities, social sciences, and government information. You can find the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) on the first floor, the Indigenous Nations Library Program (INLP) and the Herzstein Reading Room on the second floor, the Center for Academic Program Support  (CAPS) on the third floor, and the Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC) office in the basement. 

One of the most important hubs for students in Zimmerman is the Learning Commons. It's a large, welcoming space on the first floor near the service desk. Its amenities include:

  • Desktop computers and laptops
  • Power and connectivity
  • Secure recharging lockers for your gadgets
  • Cloud printing
  • Free scanners with USB ports
  • Popular reading collection
  • Colorful, portable glass boards and dry erase markers
  • Great furniture for collaboration - booths, large chairs and sofas
  • Laptop self-checkout kiosk
  • Treadmill desks

Centennial Science & Engineering Library

Photo of the primary entrance to the Centennial Library on the UNM campus


Centennial Science and Engineering Library (CSEL) is located underground near Electrical Engineering in the southwest corner of campus and houses collections in the life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, and maps. You can also find the library's Research Data Services (RDS), the Math Learning Lab (MaLL), and the Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) here. 

Centennial Library Website

Centennial Library Floor Maps

Fine Arts & Design Library

Photo of shelving and seating areas within the UNM Fine Arts & Design Library


The Fine Arts & Design Library is on the fourth floor of George Pearl Hall and houses collections in architecture, art, art history, music, photography, theater, and dance, as well as the library's video format collection (i.e., DVDs). 

FADL Website

FADL Floor Map

Other Libraries

Beyond the three primary libraries located on the central/main campus, you may also want to access these other libraries:

  • Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center (HSLIC). This library specializes in health information and primarily serves the UNM medical school.

  • UNM Law Library. This library provides legal research resources assistance, primarily for law students. 

  • The Public Library, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County. The 18 branches of the local public library offer a wide range of entertainment and information sources for the folks that live in the surrounding community. You are eligible to get a library card to use their services. The closest public library branch to campus is the Ernie Pyle Public Library. 

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Can't Find It?

Our libraries offer a lot, but even we don't have everything. But just because it isn't right at  your fingertips on campus, it doesn't mean we can't get it for you. For times when you need a book, article, or other resource not owned by UNM, we offer inter-library loan (ILL) service. 

Learn more about ILL on the library's website

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