The National Society of Professional Engineers founded Engineers Week in 1951, and UNM University Libraries is excited to celebrate it by spotlighting the Centennial Science and Engineering Library (CSEL). Engineers Week is Feb. 20 – 26 and CSEL has many resources and services that all students, staff, and faculty can benefit from year-round.

The underground library is located on the southwest side of main campus and offers a unique research space for students and community members. Resources and services that CSEL offers include various anatomical models that can be used while studying in the library; and various technology available for check out, such as a 360-degree camera.

One of the service centers located in CSEL is the Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC). MAGIC holds the largest collection of maps and other cartographic information –atlases, gazetteers and place name guides– in the state of New Mexico. As part of the Federal Depository Library Program, it houses maps from the United States Geological Survey, the National Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Central Intelligence Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Other maps in the collection come from commercial map firms or from donated maps. Historic maps are an important part of our collection, including the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of New Mexico, historic road maps of New Mexico, and historic maps of the southwest and the Navajo Nation. MAGIC is located on Lower Level 2 of CSEL and offers wide format scanning of maps up to 36 inches.  

The University Libraries Research Data Services Program (RDS) provides a wide variety of services in support of effective research data planning, management, preservation, discovery and use. In addition to consultation and support services, the RDS team also provides support for several key research data infrastructure capabilities that are maintained by the library for use by UNM's research community. RDS is also located in CSEL and offers monthly coding workshops, Coffee & Code throughout the semester. The Coffee & Code workshop series presents a variety introductory workshops on data science tools and technologies that are commonly used in current analysis processes and in generating research products.

Discover more in the Centennial Science and Engineering Library, open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. More information about CSEL can be found at goto.unm.edu/csel.