The Center for Regional Studies (CRS) at The University of New Mexico provided more than $34,000 to purchase books published by UNM Press for underfunded public and tribal libraries across New Mexico. The CRS purchased copies of 30 titles for distribution to 65 libraries. This project promotes the interests of both the CRS and UNM Press in improving literacy across the state and providing learning opportunities for all New Mexicans.

The CRS supports research and teaching with a focus on New Mexico, the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, the Americas, and Spain. Through its acquisition and preservation of manuscript, diary, document, photographic and oral history collections, the CRS encourages a learning community, as exemplified in its donation to State libraries.

With more than 1,000 books in print, UNM Press is the largest book publisher in the state and is an important voice in educating the public about the Southwest through general interest and scholarly books and history textbooks for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Donated UNM Press books include titles about New Mexico history, culture, biographies, fiction, natural history, and books for children and young adults.