The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (CULLS) recently received one of the first electric vehicles on campus. The electric vehicle is a step towards The University of New Mexico’s goal of being a pioneer in sustainability and a committed steward of the Earth’s natural resources.

Electric Van

The electric van is a vital piece in the operations of the University Libraries South Campus Repository (SCR). The South Campus Repository is a storage facility that houses less-used library materials in a climate-controlled, high-density environment allowing the college to address significant space constraints in existing Central Campus libraries – Zimmerman, Centennial Science & Engineering, and Fine Arts & Design.

The electric vehicle will be used to transport collection items to and from the South Campus Repository as they are requested. Each year University Libraries adds more than 20,000 physical items to our collections without the possibility of adding more square feet to existing buildings. The new facility will help to create more student spaces within the libraries that focus on engagement and community.

CULLS is excited to use the electrical vehicle for daily operations while being environmentally conscientious and contributing to UNM’s sustainability goals.

The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences is comprised of the Organization, Information, & Learning Sciences (OILS) Academic Program, University Libraries, and the University of New Mexico Press with over 120 staff and faculty. The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences supports communities by providing expertise, instruction, services, spaces, and collections that advance scholarship, teaching, and intellectual discovery.