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Main Library  

The main library of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Hours and Location

Main Library

Main Library

501 Copper Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Lindsey Miller-Escarfuller, Area Manager

Monday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Main Library is in downtown Albuquerque on Copper Avenue NW, between 5th and 6th streets. Click here for a map.

By Bus

Several bus routes including Central Avenue Route #66,  Rapid Ride #766 (Red Line) and Rapid Ride #777 (Green Line) serve the Main Library. Plan your trip here.

By Car

Freeway Directions from I-40:
Take I-40 to the 6th Street exit. Drive southtbound on 6th Street until you reach Copper Avenue. The library will be on the left, between 5th Street and 6th Street, on Copper Avenue.

Surface Street Directions from Montano:

Take Montano to 2nd Street. Go south on 2nd Street. 2nd Street will turn into 3rd street after the I-40 overpass. Follow 3rd Street to Lomas, and turn right (west) onto Lomas. Take Lomas to 6th Street and turn left (south). Stay on 6th Street until you reach Copper Avenue. The library will be on the left, between 5th and 6th Streets, on Copper Avenue.


In addition to metered street parking, up to two hours of free parking is available at the Very Special Arts parking garage on the southeast corner of 5th and Copper. Bring your parking stub from this garage to the circulation desk for validation.

The Main Library has a large community room that holds 200+ people, two small conference rooms that each hold 15 people, and an auditorium that holds 200+ people. To schedule the rooms in advance, please stop by the information desk or call 768-5141.

The Main Library has five study rooms that will hold a maximum of four people each. The study rooms may used for no more than two hours per person/group a day. Check in at the information desk with your library card to gain access to the study rooms.

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Art @ Your Library


Metal Pages is a sculpture located at the entrance of the Main Library. Created by William Vielehr and sponosred by the City of Albquerque's 1% for the Arts Program, the sculpture consists of two cast aluminum towers of half circles facing each other. 


The metal sculpture is located in the Tom and Jo Thomason Garden at the Main Library. The sculpture is based on a pair of garden gates designed by Tom Thomason and consists of two decorative metal panels.


Cone 10 is a large abstract steel sculpture with a rounded edge facing out of an exterior corner of the Main Library. It was created by Tom Waldron for the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program.


Shakespeare's Stage at the Main Library

Come see this handcrafted masterpiece, located on the first floor of the Main Library!

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