South Campus Repository

Each year University Libraries adds more than 20,000 physical items to our collections without the possibility of adding more square feet to existing buildings. That amount of new material requires nearly ½ mile of shelving – the distance on Central Ave. between Yale Blvd and Girard Blvd.

We are now planning for the occupation of a new library facility on South Campus. Having additional space in the South Campus Repository will allow us to maintain and continue to build our strong print collections.

April 2019 update

The New Mexico Legislature approved and the Governor signed off on a 1.14 million dollar appropriation to pay for the cost of new shelving for the SCR. Installing library shelving will make the best use of space ad maximize the amount of storage available.

What will the South Campus Repository be used for?

The repository will house less-used library materials in a climate-controlled, high-density environment allowing us to address significant space constraints in our existing Central Campus libraries – Zimmerman, Centennial Science & Engineering, Fine Arts & Design and Parish Memorial Libraries.

Please see the Policy for Repository Selection for more information.

What changes are being made to the building?

Planning is in process for how we will use the new facility and what structural changes need to be made to the space. HVAC upgrades will be needed as well as changes to the shelving configuration. We are working with various UNM departments on planning for these changes.

What is the process for choosing what will be relocated?

Our first steps involve analyzing circulation and use data for our collections. We will also incorporate information on peer library holdings and identify what items we have that are unique.

By the end of summer 2018, our library faculty and staff will have the results of this analysis compiled and ready for discussions with the campus community. We are particularly interested in feedback on collections that faculty consider to be critical for retention on open shelves in our main campus libraries. One of our guiding principles will be to continually review and revisit any decisions in the future as the need arises.

When will materials begin to be moved?

The building should be ready for the library in the Spring 2020.

How will patrons get access to materials moved to the South Campus Repository

Material moved to the South Campus Repository will continue to be available through both electronic delivery as well as courier pickup and delivery.

How can UNM faculty and staff give input on what gets moved?

Feel free to email the planning committee at anytime.  

Updated: April 2019