Library at Central and Unser
July 2014: Construction on the new Central & Unser Library is at the midway point. There has been lots of visible work in the last couple of months as the steel structure went up and the walls started to be framed in. Once the exterior is enclosed, work will begin on all the detailed interior fittings of wiring, plumbing, ductwork, floors, lighting and finishes. The project is still on schedule with an opening in the spring of 2015!
This will be a state of the art, full service library with plenty of community meeting spaces, study rooms, and computer access, as well as being a comfortable place to browse our collection of books, magazines, music, movies and more.
Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture prepared the state of the art design which is now being constructed by HB Construction.
See construction photos.
Mayor Richard J. Berry, Council President Sanchez and the Albuquerque City Council, the Bernalillo County Commission, the City’s Westside legislators, and the entire Westside community have joined efforts to make this project a reality.
- Stay tuned for information regarding the ribbon cutting in December of 2014.
- Councilor Sanchez, Mayor Berry, the community, other elected officials and the children of Helen Cordero School’s Afterschool program held a ground breaking for the project in December of 2013.
- The major City Transit Center opened in March 2010 at this site
- The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) - Clinic opened
- The northwest corner of Central and Unser was determined to be the best site for the next Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library.
- Councilor Ken Sanchez sponsored a Community Charrette to discuss development possibilities at the City-owned NW corner of Central and Unser. Residents asked for an educational/institutional facility.
- The City Council was presented with the 2007 Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Facilities Plan which identified the Southwest Mesa as the most under-served area in the City for libraries.
Approximately $10,100,000 was raised through:
- City and County general obligation bond funding, approved by nearly 69% of the voters
- New Mexico State grants
- Other City of Albuquerque funding
- The Library Foundation
- Private donations