The University Libraries Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) is offering limited onsite research opportunities. Since the closure of library buildings in March, researchers have hoped for access to CSWR collections onsite.

CSWR will accommodate a small number of researchers while UNM remains on limited operation. Staff, visitors and researchers will be observing all New Mexico and UNM protocols for health and safety.

“Since UNM moved into a period of limited operations, we have had regular requests from researchers both in-state and from out-of-state for access to materials,” said CSWR Director Tomas Jaehn. “Staff have done their best to respond to requests with digital materials but not everything in our collections has been digitized. Being able to provide some limited access to materials is a significant service to the research community. We will continue the service as long as we feel we can offer it safely.”

Researchers can submit a request for onsite research through a form on the CSWR webpage. Only two patrons will be allowed in the Anderson Room at a time for either a one-hour block or a 1 hour 45-minute block. CSWR staff will clean and disinfect desks and equipment between researchers. Researchers must submit their request at least two days before the requested date and research appointments will be assigned in the order they are received. Staff will contact the requestors to confirm the appointment in advance.

The CSWR will also continue to respond to requests for digital copies of materials and provide reference help online or via Zoom.

For more information about this service contact Tomas Jaehn at or email