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Our History

VaseThe Placitas Community Library is a result of grassroots effort to establish a permanent library in Placitas. We believe that our library is an essential building block in developing a sense of community pride and spirit.

The library opened on March 1, 2004 in a rented 1200 square foot building just west of the Homesteads Shopping Center. This site was provided at minimal cost by Pepi Strahl, a resident of Placitas. Furniture and books for the opening were donated from libraries in Roswell and Los Alamos and local talent, skills and materials transformed this space into a workable library.

In 2003 the library incorporated and the IRS approved our non-profit status on March 1, 2005. In the meantime in 2004, the library received Ƭdeveloping libraryĆ® status from the New Mexico State Library system. The library operates with volunteer help and currently has over 50 volunteers including four certified librarians. Since Placitas is an unincorporated village with no tax base, Friends of the Placitas Library raise all of the library’s operating funds.

The Library provides important services, internet access, interlibrary loan and copier/fax use. Patronage has tripled in the past year. The collection has rapidly expanded, now exceeding 14,000 items and 1,000 CDs, DVDs, audiotapes, large print and Spanish language books. The efforts of the Building Committee have reached fruition, and our new building now stands at its new location at 453 Hwy 165. But, this was just Phase I, and efforts will be beginning on Phase II. A great deal of money must once again be raised to make Phase II come to life, and we will keep you up to date on our activities.