Since 1992, NMLF has helped New Mexico libraries foster lifelong learning and ensure relevance to the communities they serve. We do this by providing grants to libraries to build and maintain their collections, update information access technology, and enhance library programs.

2023 ~ Development Grants

Bloomfield Public Library – Bloomfield, NM ($1000 for Bloomfield Day of Stories musical entertainment)

Estancia Public Library – Estancia, NM ($1000 for Teens Need the Library project)

Fort Sumner Public Library – Fort Sumner, NM ($1000 for 2023 Summer Reading Program educational entertainers)

Supreme Court Law Library – Santa Fe, NM ($940.76 to develop a public circulating general interest collection)

Vista Grande Public Library – Santa Fe, NM ($1000 to develop the travel book collection) 


2022 ~ Development Grants

David F. Cargo El Valle de Anton Chico Library – Anton Chico, NM ($1000 for digital literacy skills adult programming)

Dona Ana Community College (DACC) Library – Las Cruces, NM ($1,000 to provide adult readers for DACC Libraries at Gadsen, Sunland, Park and Espina Campuses for adult education participants)

Ernie Pyle MS Library – Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to improve collection of Manga for Mainstream books to encourage Ernie Pyle Middle School students to read)

Fort Sumner Public Library – Fort Sumner, NM ($1000 to build children’s, youth, pre-teen, and young adult collections)

Friends of the Los Lunas Public Library and Museum of Heritage & Arts – Los Lunas, NM ($823.33 to purchase equipment to improve STEM/development programming)

Holy Ghost Catholic School Library – Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to develop a more diverse library collection for students)


2021 ~ STEM Grant

Gila Valley Library – Gila, NM ($4385 to provide STEM-related learning opportunities to Cliff public school students with the purpose of encouraging their scientific exploration and discovery through hands-on projects offered by expert educators.  

2021 ~ Development Grants

Embudo Valley Library – Dixon, NM  ($1,000 to offer eight summer reading program sessions with grab-and-go kits as well as adding new titles for mobile check out to nearby summer camp.)

Los Lunas Public Library, Los Lunas, NM ($1,000 to offer school supplies to families as incentives for the summer reading program.)

Moriarty Community Library, Moriarty, NM ($1,000 to establish a seed library and adding outdoor equipment to the collection to promote health in the community.)

2020 ~ Community Relief Micro-Grant Awards

In 2020, we suspended our Development and STEM grant cycles.  In lieu of our traditional grant cycles, we provided $500 micro-grants to 10 New Mexico Libraries, to provide relief funding to address racial justice and COVID-19 needs in their communities.  

We also partnered with the NM State Library, Explora Science Center, and the NM Department of Cultural Affairs to roll out a statewide virtual Summer Reading Program for 2020.
See the details here: Summer Reading Program for 2020.

2020 Community Relief micro-Grant Recipients

Alvarado Elementary School – Albuquerque, NM.

$500 to buy high interest ebooks to the collection so that students will have equitable and immediate access to library materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School – Albuquerque, NM.

$500 to buy professional development titles to the collection for teaching staff on the topics of virtual learning, diversity, media literacy, and pedagogy.

David F. Cargo El Valle de Anton Chico Library – Anton Chico, NM.

$500 to buy nonfiction and fiction books in young adult, youth, and adult areas.

Friends of the Questa Public Library – Questa, NM.

$500 to provide each student at the Alta Vista Elementary/Intermediate school with a grade-appropriate book via a drive-by book giveaway event.

Glenwood Community Library – Glenwood, NM.

$500 to buy books for preschool, elementary, and high school youth and support the growing amount of homeschool families during the pandemic.

Gonzales Community School – Santa Fe, NM.

$500 to fund an author visit during the school’s upcoming celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros.

Irene S. Sweetkind Public Library – Cochiti Lake, NM.

$500 to facilitate COVID-safe, home-based community art programming resulting in a mosaic to be installed at the library.

Shuter Library of Angel Fire – Angel Fire, NM.

$500 to buy children’s books to the collection to support young families and increased homeschooling in the community during the pandemic.

Talpa Community Center Library – Talpa, NM.

$500 to purchase and install sanitizing equipment and social distancing barriers for the safety of patrons and staff.

Vista Grande Public Library – Santa Fe, New Mexico.

$500 to broaden youth collections related to the experience and history of First Nations, Hispanic/Latinx, African American, and LGBTQ+ communities as well as issues of immigration and social justice.

2019 ~ STEM Innovation Grant

Alamogordo Public Library, Alamogordo, NM ($4018.90 to provide traveling librarian STEM lessons and take home kits to participating students, and a collection of circulating STEM exploration kits.)


Dixon Elementary School Library – Dixon, NM ($996 to update a largely donation-based collection with the purchase of new titles for students.)

Embudo Valley Library – Dixon, NM ($1,000 to support a collaborative summer reading program delivering literacy-focused performance workshops in libraries throughout Northern New Mexico. Partners include NM Library Foundation, the Santa Fe Opera, NM State Library, and the NM Department of Cultural Affairs.)

Glenwood Community Library – Glenwood, NM ($1,000 to purchase books for preschoolers and tweens in support of the upcoming summer reading theme, “Fairy Tales/Mythology/Fantasy.”)

Bloomfield High School Library – Bloomfield, NM ($956 to purchase current and relevant print titles related to New Mexico History.)

Vista Grande Library – Santa Fe, NM ($990 to purchase collection materials and resources for patrons to support genealogical research.)

2018 ~ STEM Innovation Grant

Embudo Valley Library and Community Center – Dixon, NM ($4,880 to support weekend STEM sessions focused on computer programming and 3D printing, and support for the Dixon Elementary School Robotics team to participate in the RoboRave International, an annual K-16 robotics competition held in Albuquerque, NM.)


Embudo Valley Library – Dixon, NM ($1,000 to support a collaborative summer reading program, among Northern New Mexico Libraries, the Santa Fe Opera, NM State Library, and the NM Department of Cultural Affairs, in delivering literacy-focused performance workshops in 19 libraries, especially Tribal, throughout Northern New Mexico.)

Glenwood Community Library – Glenwood, NM ($998 to add new titles to the library’s audiobook on CD collection, much in demand by library patrons who often drive long distances on routine business.)

Rio Abajo Community Library– La Joya, NM ($1,000 to provide learning and instruction to support participation by local youth in the Super Computing Challenge.)

Questa Public Library – Questa, NM ($1,000 to expand library hours and STEM programs in response to a shortened K-8 school week.)

University Libraries, University of New Mexico Main Campus – Albuquerque, NM ($354 to gamify information literacy instruction.)

2017 ~ STEM Innovation Grant

Roswell Public Library – Roswell, NM ($3983 to provide funding for technology-focused youth initiatives focused on computer coding and stop-motion animation.)


Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Health Sciences Library – Las Cruces, NM ($990 to leverage the traveling exhibit, Harry Potter’s World, and provide public literacy/STEM programs for families. In partnership with the Thomas Braningan Memorial Library.)

Glenwood Community Library – Glenwood, NM ($1,000 to purchase junior audio and print books for the library’s collection.)

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to preserve and conserve historic photographs depicting Native life and peoples throughout New Mexico.)

Portales High School Library – Portales, NM ($1,000 to promote intergenerational literacy for families with young children by providing a picture book collection for use by students and faculty, in support of the onsite day care and child development class.)

Pueblo of San Felipe Community Library – Pueblo of San Felipe, NM ($1,000 to improve teen engagement with the library and reading by acquiring graphic novels for circulation.)

El Camino Real Academy Library – Santa Fe, NM ($1,000 to purchase dual-language STEM materials in support of updating the library space.)

Eugene Field Elementary School Library – Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to provide Ozobots coding workshops for all school students.)

National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation – Albuquerque, NM ($633 to purchase titles for the collection in support of Latin Dance and Performing arts events and classes at the NHCC.)

2016 ~ STEM Innovation Grant

Institute of American Indian Arts (AIA) Library – Santa Fe, NM ($4101 for STEM enhancement at IAIA to via library materials and field equipment that will support the research needs of students in an inaugural Desert Ecology course.)


Glenwood Community Library – Glenwood, NM ($1,000 for promotion and funding of the library’s summer reading program with new books and supplies for youth, especially tweens and preschoolers).

Montezuma Elementary School – Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to provide students in grades 3-5 with a tinker lab to explore STEAM topics.)

Mother Whiteside Memorial Library – Grants, NM ($999 to partner with local early childhood centers to develop and deliver story times for students, and to develop lending kits for families to take home.)

Sunland Park Public Library – Sunland Park, NM ($1000 for an afterschool program to help elementary and middle school students succeed in math, in which high school honors students receive support and training to serve as near-peer mentors for younger students.)

Jemez Springs Public Library – Jemez Spring, NM ($960 to provide access to and training on public library digital resources for local public school staff and students.)

Monte Vista Elementary School Library – Albuquerque, NM ($278 to support in-library, maker programs for girls.)

NM Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf – Albuquerque, NM ($985 to expand the library’s professional development collection for sign language interpreters, and to host virtual book clubs for sign-language interpreters.)

Sol Arts dba 7000 BC – Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to provide comics-literacy and -making workshops at public libraries around the state.)

2015 ~ STEM Innovation Grants

Multimedia Library, a division of APS Library Services – Albuquerque Public Schools ($4,848 to establish a Lego Lending Library -class sets of Lego construction kits for APS district librarians to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in students in the 2nd through 5th grade.)

Truman Middle School – Albuquerque, NM ($1,325 to introduce a collection of 10 circulating STEM-based maker kits. Packed in back packs, these kits include instructional texts as well as necessary materials for coding, robotics, knitting, and other STEM-related hobbies that students could explore at home.)

2015 ~ Development (Original) Grants

Gila Valley Library ($1000 to purchase books & related instructional materials to complement the Community Forestry Project.)

Glenwood Community Library ($1000 to support their Large Print Books on Wheels program).

NM Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf ($990 to establish a lending library of professional development resources.)

Vista Grande Library ($995 to purchase new telescopes and resources on astronomy to serve their avid star gazing community.)

Eisenhower Middle School, Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to develop a Graphic Novel Collection which will provide reading material which is interesting yet accessible for all students.)

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to establish a collection of Latino children’s literature representative of the expansive breadth of Hispanic cultures and peoples.)

New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM ($1,000 to establish an Oral History Resource Program which will record, transcribe, and archive local oral histories in the Donnelly Library, making these histories available to the community.)

Piedra Vista High School, Farmington, NM ($1,000 to support their No Summit Out of Sight program which helps students make a connection between reading for pleasure and real-life adventure through class assignments, creative exploration of personal ‘everests,’ and a visit by 19 year-old author, Jordan Romero.) 

2014 ~ STEM Innovation Grants

Embudo Valley Library ($5000 to fund staff, library materials and supplies for the Caterpillar Club Early Literacy Program which supports pre­K children and their families in providing a strong foundation for subsequent reading, science, technology, engineering, and math success.)

Rio Rancho Public Library ($4,587 to fund educational kits of electronic manipulatives to be used in local schools, home schools, and the community, making STEM equipment and training available to schools and the community builds upon the public library’s tradition of providing growing communities with the resources needed to learn and do new things.)

Fall 2014 ~ Development Grants

Bayard Public Library ($1000 to fund a Manga Mania collection and an interactive program on how to draw comics)

Hodgin Elementary School Library ($432.69 to share the fun of sequencing and directions through an exciting program, Lego Learning for the Library)

City of Anthony Library ($883.77 Development Grant to upgrade their computer lab softwares)

Dexter High School Library ($1000 to build a collaborative Manga Madness collection with a team of their students)

Truman Middle School Library ($1000 towards Collection Development to purchase new and popular middle-grade fiction for reluctant readers)

Hatch Public Library ($1000 to purchase iPads to use in library programming and exploration)

Ruidoso Public Library ($600 to fund musical performances for children and adults)

UNM Center for Development & Disability ($1000 to update their resources on Down Syndrome)

2014 Grants

STEM Innovation Grant

New Mexico State Library ($30,000.00 – STEM to Read program)

Development Grants

Glenwood Community Library ($1,000.00 – age-specific programs for rural readers in Southwest New Mexico)

El Dorado Community School Library ($1,000.00 – enhanced poetry instruction to explore abstract thinking and improve literacy scores)

2013 ~ STEM Innovation Grants

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library ($4,332.45 for Our Star, Our Sun – Solar Educational Outreach)

Embudo Valley Library ($5,000.00 STEM Afterschool program)

New Mexico State University Library ($4,440.00 for Visualizing Science: Preparing and Delivering Effective Poster Presentations)

2013 ~ Development Grants

Atrisco Heritage Academy ($897 – e-readers for Virtual Stacks Project)

Emerson Elementary School ($1000 – Great Literature for a Great Start in Life)

Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center ($1000 – computer technical support)

REFORMA de Nuevo Mexico ($950 – Spanish storytellers)

Sandia Preparatory School ($1000 – Native American Studies Center Faculty Reference Library)

Shuter Library of Angel Fire ($816 – young adult programming)

Sky City Community School ($987 – iPad Minis)

Valle Vista Elementary School ($833.19 – graphic novels and materials to support varied learning styles)

Rio Abajo Community Library ($1,000 – Agricultural resource collection)

San Antonito Elementary School ($996.32 – “A Story Spans Generations” with the Story Before Bed program)

Longfellow Elementary School ($815.67 – “Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss” collection creation and programming)

Madison Middle School Library ($734.17 – “The Hero’s Journey – from page to screen” book club and family movie night)

Glenwood Community Library ($1,000 – Expansion of materials and creation of programming for ages 0-14)

Estancia Public Library ($750 – Expansion of Spanish Language Collection)

Embudo Valley Library and Community Center ($1,000 – eBooks, 1 year pilot project)

Gila Valley Library ($1,000 – Maintain and grow nonfiction collection)

John F. Kennedy Middle School ($1,000 – Advanced Placement book collection for Accelerated Reading Program)

2012 ~ Development Grants

 Bandelier Elementary School, Albuquerque ($954 – Purchasing 6 Kindle Fires)

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (Purchasing historically accurate and culturally appropriate Native American titles for young readers)

Piedra Vista High School, Farmington ($850 – Funding writing and literacy event, WriterFest 2013)

Roosevelt Middle School, Tijeras ($1000 – Funding new young adult literature for summer reading)

Socorro Public Library ($1000 – Microfilm/newspaper digitization project)

Van Buren Middle School, Albuquerque (Fiction and non-fiction book purchases)

Moriarty Community Library ($954 – purchase of GED collection materials)

Picacho Middle School ($1000 – purchase of Spanish language fiction and non-fiction materials)

Montezuma Elementary School ($935 – DVDs for curriculum alignment)

New Mexico State University Library ($1,000 – online map of New Mexico’s literary heritage)

Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School ($539 – Battle of the Books, title purchase)

Socorro High School ($1,000 – purchase electronic books)

2011 ~ Development Grants

Albuquerque Public Library ($920 – Museum Discovery Pass Program)

El Rito ($1,000 – new computers)

Navajo Pine High School ($1,000 – young adult male collection development)

Ruidoso Public Library ($650 – Centennial Chautauqua)

Santa Fe Public Library Friends ($500 – Teen Homework Cafe)

Shuter Library – Angel Fire ($1600 – book club)

Sweeney Elementary School Library, Santa Fe ($1,000 – Spanish books)

Vista Grande Public Library ($500 – early childhood reading program)

Church Rock Academy ($1,000 – Media Resources for student projects)

El Dorado Community School ($1,000 – biography collection)

Saint Therese Catholic School ($1,000 – software for an automation system)

Taos Public Library ($1,000 – Historical Taos Tape Conversion)

2010 ~ Development Grants

Anton Chico ($650 Develop the primary and secondary youth collection)

Belen Middle School Library ($930 Purchase Battle of the Books and ALA award winning books)

Del Norte High School Library ($1000 New Mexico history books and resources)

Moriarity Community Library ($1000 Maintian the library’s non-fiction collection)

Socorro High School Library ($1000 Supplimenting the library’s high interest low level texts)

Vista Grande Public Library ($1000 Purchase gardening books relevant to Norther New Mexico)

Artesia Public Library ($1000 Create an adult book group with a collection that will be circulated to other libraries)

Jemez Springs Public Library ($600 Youth Collection Development)

Oregon Elementary School ($1000 Purchase books by New Mexico authors about the Hispanic experience)

2009 ~ Development Grants

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association (CARTA), Las Cruces, NM ($350 Purchase microfilm available in Mexico)

Deming High School Library, Deming, NM ($499 Reading Reveille – subscription to Readers Digest for classroom reading and library use.)

Monte Vista Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM ($500 BookTube – equipment for making online book reviews)

New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, Santa Fe, NM ($1000 Build adult literacy collection)

Truchas Public Library, Truchas, NM ($1000  Create a teen area for the library)

El Rito Public Library, El Rito, NM ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

David F. Cargo El Valle de Anton Chico Library, Anton Chico, NM  ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

Gila Public Library, Gila, NM ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

Estancia Public Library, Estancia, NM ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

Gila Public Library, Gila, NM  ($1000 Speaking of History)

Thomas C. Donnelly Library, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM  ($1000 Preserving the Beisman Collection)

Tularosa Public Library, Tularosa, NM ($1000 2009 Summer Reading Program)

2008 ~ Development Grants

Placitas Community Library ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

Newcomb High School, Newcomb, NM ($1000 Playaway Collection Development)

Mesa View Middle School, Farmington ($950 Author Visit)

Virden Public Library ($615 Catalog and Circulation System Upgrade)

Capitan Public Library ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

Questa Public Library ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

Pueblo of Pojoaque Public Library ($1000 Pojoaque Reading Club)

Aztec High School Library ($1000 AP Language Non-Fiction and Recorded Books Support)  

2007 ~ Development Grants

Bayard Public Library ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

Virden Public Library ($350 Libri Partnership Grant)

New Mexico State University Library ($1000 El Dia de los Ninos)

Embudo Valley Library ($1000 Get a Clue @ the Embudo Valley Library Summer Reading Program) 

2006 ~ Development Grants

Country Club Elementary School Library, Farmington ($1000 On Eagles’ Wings Storytelling Festival)

Edgewood Community Library ($180 Narrowing the Digital Divide Between Spanish-Speaking and English Speaking Public Access Users)

Embudo Valley Library ($1000 A Summer Reading Program For Youth, 2006

Santa Fe Public Library ($1000 Spanish Language Outreach)

2005 ~ Development Grants

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Library ($1000 Children’s Book Festival)

Piedra Vista High School Library, Farmington ($1000 A Multi-Sensory Approach to Reading)

Moriarty Community Library ($950 Two Worlds)

Northeast Regional Education Cooperative ($1000 Wagon Mound Library Automation Project)

2004 ~ Development Grants

Coming Soon!

2003 ~ Development Grants

NMLA’s Advocacy for School Libraries SIG ($400 to publish the School Library Curriculum Template.)

Rio Vista Middle School ($875 to support the Reading to Go! Program.)

Western New Mexico University ($560 to fund the promotion of Library Services to distance learning students.)

Albuquerque Public Library Special Collections ($500 to purchase a display case for the Special Collections branch.)

Silver City Public Library ($900 to support the Literacy Link program.)

Jemez Springs Public Library ($1000 to fund the Jemez Springs Public Library Cataloging Project.)

Embudo Valley Library ($1000 to support the Pre-School Family Literacy Program.)

Development Grants


NMLA Battle of the Books ($450 to support state reading competition)

Friends of New Mexico Tribal Libraries ($700 Brochure: New Mexico Tribal Libraries)

Belen Public Library ($500 Valencia County Reads!)


Taos Public Library ($750 Headstart Lending Library)

Rio Rancho Public Library ($750 Local Author Open House and Book Signing)

NMLA Battle of the Books ($250 to support the state reading competition.)


Magdalena Public Library ($1,000 to purchase a scanner for patrons and technical training for a start -up program helping the community to archive historical photographs and documents.)


David Cargo Public Library, Mora NM ($1000 to purchase Spanish language and bilingual materials for Children and Adult Literacy Enhancement.)

1992 – 1996

The New Mexico Library Foundation was founded in 1992 to assist the NM Library Association with fundraising and distribution of resources to support library initiatives around the state.  The initial years were dedicated to organizational development and to raising awareness and resources. NLMF awarded the inaugural grant to David Cargo Public Library, Mora NM in 1997.

The New Mexico Library Foundation is a New Mexico 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. NMLF supports libraries in New Mexico by allocating funds to libraries of all types and to non-profit organizations that directly benefit libraries.

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