Laboratory of Anthropology Library

Welcome to the LOA Library!


The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Laboratory of Anthropology Library (LOA Library) is a research library dedicated to the study of Native cultures, anthropology and archaeology of the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America, with the concentration of its holdings on the greater Southwest of the United States. The Library opened upon the completion of the Laboratory of Anthropology in 1930.

The LOA Librarian administers and performs all the operations and services of the Library Library and online and onsite booksale operations with the support of work study students and dedicated volunteers.

The Laboratory of Anthropology Library (LOA Library) contributes to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s mission of inspiring appreciation for the knowledge of the diverse native arts, histories, languages, and cultures of the greater Southwest by supporting the increase in and diffusion of knowledge, research, exhibitions, educational programs, publishing, and the administration of the Institution through its programs and services.

The LOA Library supports the scholarly, interpretive and educational activities of the employees, research associates, docents, and volunteers of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Laboratory of Anthropology, as well as the divisions and sections of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Historic Preservation Division.

The LOA Library serves the scholarly and professional communities, historians, and the public.

Library Director | Booksales Manager   

Physical Address (visitors | courier deliveries)

  • Laboratory of Anthropology Building
  • Museum Hill – Adjacent to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
  • 710 Camino Lejo
  • Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mailing Address (USPS mail deliveries)

  • LOA Library
  • P.O. Box 2087
  • Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087



Researchers are strongly encouraged to prearrange their visit by making an appointment with the Librarian.

Arranging your visit in advance enables the librarian to use her skills to research,  evaluate and put the materials that meeting researchers’ needs. This approach further enables researchers to reduce the amount of time they need to spend overall and to focus on reading.

Telephone: 505.476.1264 or Email:



Museum and LOA Staff, OAS, Research Associates & Scholars with Appointments

  •      Monday-Friday 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00.
  •      Items will be paged from the closed stack of the LOA Library up until 4:30 pm.
  •      There is no limit on the number of items that may be requested.
  •      Staff should contact the Librarian to have materials delivered to you.

General Public | Those Without Appointments

  •      Monday – Friday 1:00-5:00
  •      Items will be paged from the closed stacks of LOA Library stacks up until 4:30 pm.
  •      A maximum of 10 items may be requested per day.
  •      Materials are available for consultation in the LOA Library Reading Room.

Special Collections | Sylvanus Griswold Morley Collection

  •      By appointment only.
  •      These materials are scarce or unique and often fragile and require special handling.


Exciting news!

The LOA Library is migrating its current InMagic DB/Textworks system to the KOHA Integrated Library System. The new Koha ILS system is scheduled to go live July 21, 2014. Funds realized from the 2012 Onsite Booksale are undewriting the migration, hosting and support of the KOHA Integrated Library System. The new Koha ILS will be migrated, hosted in the cloud and maintained by Bywater Solutions.

The LOA Librarian is currently performing data clean up and standardization of the records in preparation for the migration. To date, she has cleaned up over 44% – 17,626 records – of the 39,253 records in the system.

The new Koha ILS will be the first new system the LOA Library has implemented since the InMagic DB/Textworks database was impelmented in 1992.

Once migrated the LOA Library records will be searchable on the Internet for the very first time!

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