May 22, 2022

Milestones: University of New Mexico Libraries Celebrates Their 3 Millionth Volume

From the AP:

University of New Mexico Libraries is celebrating the three million volumes in its collection with a rare book on Billy the Kid.


UNM began collecting books in 1892 when the library consisted of one room in the only building on campus. The collection is now spread throughout four libraries on the main campus.

More About the Milestone from U. of New Mexico Libraries:

The official three millionth volume is the generous donation of the William A. Keleher family, long-time UNM and library supporters. The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, written by Pat Garrett and published in Santa Fe in 1882 (10 years before UNM was founded) is extremely rare and made even more valuable since it is a copy signed by the author. The volume adds significantly to the prestige of the already highly-respected collections documenting the history of New Mexico and the Southwest in the University Libraries Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections.

Learn More About the 3 Milionth Volume in a C-SPAN Interview with Mike Kelly, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communications, Special Collections and the Center for Southwest Resarch & Special Collections.

Direct to Video (via C-SPAN Video Library)


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