UNM Los Alamos

Community Patrons

Community Patrons

Members of the greater community who are not UNM-Los Alamos students, faculty, or staff are very welcome to utilize the library and its services free of charge.


To check out materials or use the computers in the library, please present a New Mexico picture ID (driver's license or other valid photo ID). You will be asked to fill out a community borrower card, which is kept on file at the library.

Community borrowers are granted the same privileges and services extended to UNM-LA students, faculty, and staff, except as indicated below.

Please explore the menus on this page to find out about the library's hours, policies, resources, and special features.


Computer Use - although community patrons are welcome to use the computers in the library, please be aware that priority use is granted to UNM-Los Alamos students, faculty, and staff when there is an insufficient number of available computers. The library reserves the right to limit the amount of time a guest may occupy a computer.

Printing - although printing from the computers in the library is currently free of charge, we ask that patrons print out no more than 25 pages per visit to the library, and to print only what you really need to print. Abuse of the free printing privilege may result in the future implementation of a charge for printing.

Interlibrary Loan - community patrons are asked to utilize the interlibrary loan services provided by Mesa Public Library. Under certain conditions, community patrons may apply for interlibrary loan services at UNM-Los Alamos. Upon approval of the application, interlibrary loan services will commence. There is a $10.00 fee for each interlibrary loan transaction. To apply for interlibrary loan services, please contact the Library Director.

Online Database Access - community patrons are welcome to use any of the databases listed below from computers located at the UNM-LA campus. Off-campus access is not available to community members.

Children in the Library - children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please see the policy regarding Children in the Library.

Accessible Databases

Online Catalogs

LIBROS - WorldCat Discovery (online catalog) - provides access to the library collection at UNM-Los Alamos, other UNM libraries, and many other university libraries in the state. Many thanks to UNM-Los Alamos Student Government for funding this subscription!

WorldCat - searches library catalogs internationally (contains over 71 million records in OCLC member libraries).

Periodical Index Databases

EBSCOhost - a menu of 15 separate databases across many disciplines (abstracts and full-text).

Expanded Academic ASAP - provides access to articles across many disciplines from arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images! Offered through Gale.

First Search - a menu of 12 separate databases indexing articles across many disciplines (mostly abstracts). Offered through OCLC.

Gale Databases -  a full list of Gale Cengage databases available at UNM-Los Alamos. Provided courtesy of the State of New Mexico Library.

Reference Databases

Credo Reference - an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text general and subject-specific reference titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - the online full-text version of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Contains the most current updates.

Films On Demand - a multidisciplinary streaming educational video collection, with large array of topics, including many academic subject areas in arts, sciences, and humantities; pop culture; documentaries and news reels. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library - a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office). Offered through Gale.

General Reference Center Gold - a general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Offered through Gale.