Since its beginnings more than 85 years ago, the State Library has been a leader in the development of New Mexico's public libraries, helping them to build the programs needed by their communities.
The Library's heritage is evident today in the Rural Services Program. Three bookmobiles serve the entire state, stopping in 96 communities, logging more than 60,000 miles a year.
Books by Mail rounds out the service by sending books through regular mail to nearly 1000 homebound subscribers who are unable to go to their local library or a scheduled bookmobile stop.
Through the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program, the Library reaches 3000 visually impaired and physically challenged people each year.
Library programs serve more than 1,000 libraries throughout the state-public, school, and academic. Staff members bring new skills and tools to these libraries by providing training and technical assistance, reference assistance, interlibrary borrowing services, and statewide access to magazine and newspaper databases.
The State Library also serves the general public and State Government with access to New Mexico state and Federal government information, as well as Southwest historical and cultural resources.
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