UNM Law Library Guide for Public Librarians: UNM Law Library Services for the Public

About UNM Law Library

In its role as the only large academic law library in the State of New Mexico, the law library provides library services and information resources to Law School faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  The Law Library also strives to provide services and resources to members of the general public, public libraries, New Mexico legal practitioners, UNM faculty and students, faculty and students from other educational institutions, including paralegal programs and state government and court system employees.  Due to shrinking budgets, the UNM Law Library cannot visit communities outside of the Albuquerque area on a regular basis.  We therefore have created this LibGuide for public librarians around the state to help their patrons.

Legal Research Assistance

The UNM Law Library serves all New Mexico citizens as the only large academic legal research facility in the state.

  • The Library Reference desk is staffed by Law Librarians
    • Walk-in, phone, email
    • Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
    • 505-277-0935
    • libref@law.unm.edu
    • 6000 reference questions per year
    • 45% of the questions come from members of the general public
    • Eight computer workstations for public access to Internet legal resources and legal research databases for which we have been able to negotiate public access as part of the license.

Borrowing Privileges

  • Individuals who are not otherwise affiliated with the University or the State Bar of New Mexico may borrow items designated as "available" with a Community Borrower's Card.
    • Annual fee of $35.00
    • Can be used at the Law Library and any of the UNM University Libraries branch locations, but not the Health Sciences Library
    • Available at Law Library Circulation desk
    • Does not include Interlibrary Loan borrowing privileges
    • Does not allow card holders remote (off-campus) access to the Library's electronic resources.
  • ILL (Inter-Library Loan) Services
    • Request law library materials from patron's home library.
    • If the request is for specific pages or sections that does not circulate, they may instead receive scanned images.


Library Tours

  • Tours for class groups are available with advance notice
    • Professors should contact Alexandra Siek (505-277-0089) for assistance
    • Class visits are prohibited during the Reading Period and Final Examination Period.  Refer to the Law School's Academic Calendar at:


  • Graduate, undergraduate and paralegal classes and individual students are welcome to use the Law Library's resources.

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