Zimmerman Library Historic Preservation Fund

Zimmerman Library has been in continuous use since opening in 1938. Over the years changes and renovations while often necessary for safety and security have resulted in the loss of some of the historic aspects of building.

The historic preservation fund is intended to provide a lasting source of funding for maintaining this treasure on the campus.

Campus maintenance budgets are stretched to the limit just keeping up with critical repairs. The preservation fund is intended to supplement regular funding so we can take a step further in preserving this iconic campus building.

From replacing historic forged iron hardware and repairing original WPA tin chandeliers to planning for better environmental controls in the tower we hope the fund will keep this building in shape for another 75 years and beyond!

For more information about giving to the Zimmerman Library Historic Preservation Fund, please contact our development office at (505) 277-5632.
Master Plan for the Future

In 2012 research for a Zimmerman Master Plan was begun. The master planning process has been a shared effort involving Planning and Campus Development (PCD), Office of Capital Projects (OCP) and College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (UL&LS).

All groups agreed that developing a long-term plan for remodeling, preserving and expanding Zimmerman Library would prevent short-term projects from compromising the long-term goals of improving efficiency, meeting the changing needs for technology and interdisciplinary collaborative work and creating a cohesive interior architectural style that honors John Gaw Meem’s original building.

The Zimmerman Master Plan documents space needs for all current building users, projects additional space needs for future uses and proposes multiple capital projects of varying scales to be implemented over the next ten years.

Short-Term Goals - Learning Commons
  • Office spaces and service desk areas will be reconfigured to create space for a state of the art, technologically enhanced Learning Commons on the east end of the first floor.
  • Group study rooms for students will be designed for greater flexibility.
  • A single service point will be created in the center of the Learning Commons to streamline services, maximize convenience and support for users, and provide visibility from the entrances.
Mid-Term and Long-Term Goals
  • Keep Zimmerman as a “destination” point within the University and within the State of New Mexico while accommodating future growth in staff, collections and technology use.
  • Open pathways to the West Wing to reintegrate it with the building additions creating efficient spaces and simplifying way finding especially on the first and second floors and creating a cohesive interior architectural style in all areas of the building that reflects the character of the original 1938 building.
  • Embrace the main lobby as a key UNM indoor/outdoor space to become the “campus living room”.
  • Improve security and organize functions so that some of the building can be used late night/early morning while improving security throughout.
Giving Online is easy!
Go to Support the Zimmerman Library Historic Preservation Fund.
Giving by Check
  • Please make the check payable to the UNM Foundation.
  • Enter the Zimmerman Library Historic Preservation Fund on the memo line.
  • Mail the check to the UNM Foundation, 700 Lomas NE, Ste. 108, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
  • You will receive a tax receipt from the UNM Foundation.
Thank you!