About Joseph R. Skeen Library
New Mexico Tech holds more than 600,000 books, periodicals, government publications,
microforms, maps, videos, audio disks, and computer files in its 54,000 square foot,
three-story building on the northeast corner of the campus. The library serves the
research and study needs of students and faculty, and its collection reflects the
specialized research interests of the Tech community. The library is open 94 hours
each week during regular semesters, and it contains study rooms and a café with a
The library has cooperative agreements with other academic libraries within the state and is linked electronically to the collections of more than 30,000 other libraries worldwide through the OCLC system.
As a selective depository of U.S. government publications, the library receives over 34,000 federal documents each year. The library also contains a collection of state and foreign documents concentrating on geology and mining. A growing collection of archival materials relating to Tech and the New Mexico School of Mines is housed in the library.
The Joseph R. Skeen Library provides equitable access to all federal government document resources in its collection to all members of the general public with a depository-related need.
Skeen Library provides access to information in multiple formats and sources to support the curriculum and research needs of New Mexico Tech students, faculty, and staff. The Library collects and preserves materials that serve as the cultural and intellectual history of the University and the institutions and communities it serves. The Library anticipates change by teaching information skills as the basis for life-long learning and providing tools that enable its users to be technologically sophisticated and analytical consumers of information. Further, the Library participates broadly in the education, research, public service, and economic development mission of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as well as the larger communities of Socorro, New Mexico, and beyond.