- 1209 Camino Carlos Rey
- Santa Fe, NM 87507-5166
- Reference 505-476-9763
- Southwest Collection 505-476-9790
Hours and holidays:
- Second Floor Reference Room is open from 12:00 noon to 4:30 Monday through Friday.
- Southwest Collection Room (Ground Floor) is open from 9 to 4:30, Monday through Friday.
Map, Directions, and Public Transportation
- From Southwest of Santa Fe on I-25 (Canam Hwy): Merge onto I-25 N/US-85 North toward Santa Fe. Take the NM-14 N/Cerrillos Road exit, EXIT 278. 1.0 mi. Stay straight to go onto Cerrillos Rd/NM-14. 4.3 mi. Turn right onto Camino Carlos Rey. 0.3 mi. Start a loop-back-around by taking the 2nd right onto Calle de Oriente. 0.03 mi. Take the 1st right onto Calle de Oriente Norte. 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Camino Carlos Rey. 0.05 Keep right at the road median to continue on Camino Carlos Rey. 0.01 The parking lot for 1209 CAMINO CARLOS REY will be on the right.
- from North of Santa Fe on US-84 S/US-285 (Taos Hwy): Turn onto US-84 S/US-285 (Taos Hwy) South toward Santa Fe. Turn right onto Cerrillos Rd/NM-14. 2.3 mi. Turn left onto Camino Carlos Rey. 0.3 mi. Start a loop-back-around by taking the 2nd right onto Calle de Oriente. 0.03 mi. Take the 1st right onto Calle de Oriente Norte. 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Camino Carlos Rey. 0.05 Keep right at the road median to continue on Camino Carlos Rey. 0.01 The parking lot for 1209 CAMINO CARLOS REY will be on the right.
- from East of Santa Fe on I-25 (Canam Hwy): Merge onto I-25 S/US-85 S/US-84 North toward Santa Fe. Take the NM-466/Old Pecos Tr exit, EXIT 284. 0.2 mi. Turn slight right onto NM-466/Old Pecos Trl. 0.09 mi. Take the 1st left onto Rodeo Rd/NM-300. 3.0 mi. Turn right onto Camino Carlos Rey. 1.2 mi. Keep right at the road median to continue on Camino Carlos Rey. 0.01 mi. The parking lot for 1209 CAMINO CARLOS REY will be on the right.
- Public transportation Santa Fe Trails city bus routes 2, 4, and 5 stop within 2 blocks of the New Mexico State Library.
Internet sites and databases:
- New Mexico State Library :New Mexico State Library provides specialized reference and research service to public libraries statewide; legislative staff; state employees; historians; genealogists; and students of New Mexico state government, history and culture.
- Southwest Collection Information on New Mexico state history, geography, culture, ethnology, government, and economics.
- State Documents Collection An extensive collection of both current and historical documents published by all New Mexico State Agencies and vital to the educational, business, personal, civic, legislative and research needs of New Mexico citizens.
- Federal Document Collection The New Mexico State Library was designated as a federal depository library in 1960.
- Census Collection Statistical reports issued by the U.S. Census Bureau from 1790 to the present are available for use at the New Mexico State Library. This includes the Decennial Census of Population, Economic Census, and Census of Agriculture. Statistics for the United States, New Mexico, all other states, cities, counties and smaller census geographies are available.
- Newspaper Collection Newspaper collection includes current issues on paper and historic newspapers on microfilm with some searchable online. We currently subscribe to about 50 daily and weekly newspapers from throughout New Mexico. The microfilm collection consists of thousands of reels of newspapers (including many that are now no longer being published) dating back to 1849.
- Map Collection The State Library has many maps which are found in our southwest, Federal government, and state government collections.
- New Mexico State Library Digital Archive The State library has been collecting and preserving state government materials since 2003. The state publications range from the Brand Book and Legislative Orders, to Fish Stocking Reports and traffic pattern maps. The digital archive is a work in progress.
- Salsa: New Mexico State Library Searchable Catalog by keyword, browse, phrase and more.
Largest book collection in New Mexico including government documents, maps, periodicals, biographies, and genealogies. Reference librarians are available to help find sources in the Southwest Collection (of New Mexico state history, geography, culture, ethnology, government, and economics), state documents, federal documents, censuses since 1790, historic newspapers online and on microfilm since 1849, maps, and digital archives including livestock brand books.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the New Mexico State Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
- New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, Roman Catholic church records, censuses, district court, land grants, wills, diaries, family papers, prisons, family and local histories, newspapers. NM's best genealogy repository because of its original territorial, state, and county records.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Santa Fe, colonial and territorial manuscripts, papers, newspapers, rare books, maps, and photos—rivals in size the State Records Center and Archives.
- Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC) of New Mexico, Albuquerque, maintains the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database (GNMPD) for Hispanic ancestors of New Mexico.
- National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and genealogies. The library contains 12,500 book titles about the history and culture of the Hispano world from the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, Central America, Latin America to Spain, and Portugal.
- NMSU Rio Grande Historical Collections, Las Cruces, early colonial Spanish records since 1598 for families along the Camino Real (Spanish mission road) from southern Colorado to Mexico City.
- UNM Center for Southwest Research, Albuquerque, Includes manuscripts of Southwestern U.S. families, organizations, and businesses, 40,000 books and periodicals, and 120,000 images since the 1850s.
- Santa Fe County Clerk marriages (restricted for 50 years), death certificates, wills, deeds, mortgages, DD Form 214 soldier discharges.
- Santa Fe County Probate Court recent wills.
- Santa Fe County Coroner selected death records.
- First Judicial District Court of New Mexico, Santa Fe, civil, and criminal court records.
- New Mexico Dept. of Health Vital Records, Santa Fe, adoption, births (restricted for 100 years), and deaths (restricted for 50 years).
- Historical Society of New Mexico, Santa Fe, offers links to organizations, museums and other historic points of interest in New Mexico.
- Archdiocese of Santa Fe Archives, Santa Fe NM, created in 1850, it once also included Arizona, and Colorado.  The Archives houses records from 1678-1950 for dozens of parishes in three states.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Bernalillo, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, and Torrance.
- ABC Library Genealogy Center, Albuquerque, genealogy and Southwestern history, including New Mexico vital records, history, biography, periodicals, and family folders.
- ABC Library Special Collections Albuquerque and New Mexico history and culture. In-house use only.
- New Mexico Genealogical Society, Albuquerque, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.
- Repositories in surrounding states (or nations): AZ, CO, OK, TX, UT, and Mexico.
- Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA, premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, ethnic groups.
- National Archives at Denver Includes old New Mexico court records and naturalizations, federal and Indian censuses, passenger arrival lists, World War I draft registrations.
- Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), Mexico City, church, civil, census, court, history, military, migration, land. Copies of colonial New Mexico records of were often sent to Mexico and Spain.