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“Very nice public library”

Santa Fe Public Library
Ranked #86 of 273 things to do in Santa Fe
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Owner description: Find out more about the history, culture and art of the Southwest by browsing this library's rich collection of books and periodicals, or attend special events such as storytelling and interactive learning exhibits geared to the entire family.
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This downtown branch of the library, just a block or so from the Plaza, has a real hometown feel. The staff is very helpful and the collection is varied and in good order.
I especially like the magazine swapping section just inside the front doors.
it makes me feel at home.

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

The downtown library is full of homeless people who tie up the computers all day and evening, so that local residents and visitors have very limited access. Other parts of the library are fine; quiet and pleasant.
The southside branch is a modern, light and bright facility with quiet reading areas with a lot of natural light. Here, the computer area gets taken over with kids doing their homework after 2:30 pm through the evening, and during the day moms with toddlers take up the computers, placing their small children at computer stations as a form of baby-sitting. Weekends and summers this baby-sitting activity is especially high (often very small children are simply dropped off after being hooked up to cartoons on youtube for two hours, leaving them unsupervised), limiting access to other local residents. This gets out of hand weekends and school breaks (spring, summer), when there are daily problems with screaming kids disrupting the quiet atmosphere. There are computers in the children's book room, but there aren't enough for the high demand, so kids take over the adult section. Teens use the adult computer section for socializing, and can be very disruptive, as well. The staff don't always respond to noise complaints.
The library needs to create a larger dedicated space for kids and young people, so that adult patrons can have access to the computers. There's plenty of space in this new facility; it wouldn't be hard to do.

Thank SWSally
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Reviewed 10 November 2015

Loved the Southwestern Reading Room, very elegant and tons of resources. The beautiful tables and art make it an grand place to rest and renew away from the hustle and bustle of the Plaza. It's a way to explore authors and artists of NM and all of the Southwest.

Thank GailCheryl
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Reviewed 13 September 2015

This is a feel-good place, as comfortable as a pair of well-worn slippers, and equally as inviting. We stopped here to visit the part of the library that handles book sales and walked away with some prized reads. It is a small part of the library but well worth the visit.

So much of the library welcomes you. The upper level houses the childrens' books, while a large main room downstairs is adorned wih an interesting sculpture of a horse with children on his back. Young patrons were resting comfortably in the near-by chairs (true testament to its welcoming and home-style nature).

The research room is so serious; how could anyone disturb that solitude? Some major fact-finding was in progress there. The room is well-appointed, heavy on the wood accents and furniture, and conducive to meditation and solitude.

This library was a special pace and we are so glad we happened upon the library and spent some time there. It is, after all, what makes a city what it is.

Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 28 November 2014

If you're killing time in Santa Fe, the local library is worth a quick visit. I was disappointed to find that I wasn allowed to remove a book even though I was in town for a week and owned a Chicago library card as well.

Thank Joel K
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