The Laboratory of Anthropology Library (LOA Library) is a non-circulating 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 Laboratory of Anthropology Library holdings include: monographs, periodicals, archaeological reports, ethnographic studies, professional journals, dissertations, unpublished reports, and ephemera related to the archaeology, ethnology, ethnobotany, history, material culture, religion, mythology, folklore, languages, literature and arts of the Native peoples of the greater Southewst.
Notable amongst the special collections holdings of the LOA Library is the personal library of the renowned American archaeologist / Mayanist Sylvanus Griswold Morley (June 7, 1883 – September 2, 1948).
The Laboratory of Anthropology Library opened upon the completion of the construction and establishment of the Laboratory of Anthropology, Inc. in 1931.
The LOA Library is located on the main level of the Laboratory of Anthropology Building at 710 Camino Lejo (adjacent to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and across from the Museum Hill Cafe). Call the Librarian at 476-1264 (direct line) to arrange your research appointment.
The Laboratory of Anthropology Library supports the scholarly, interpretive and educational activities of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture staff, research associates, docents and volunteers as well as the Laboratory of Anthropology staff and volunteers, archaeologists, anthropologists and historians. It is open to the scholarly research community at large and to members of the public.
The collections of the Laboratory of Anthropology Library have been developed to support advanced scholarship and research. People seeking general information are welcome to inquire and utilize the LOA Library collections, but may find they are better served using the collections of the Santa Fe Public Library.
Due to the specialized nature of the collections and the collections being closed stacks and non-circulating requiring staff to pull all materials for each research using the collections, appointments are strongly encouraged.
The Laboratory of Anthropology Library is closed on major holidays, on weekends, and when the one FTE Librarian is ill or on vacation.
Resources and Services
- In-house, telephone and e-mail Reference service
- Reference collection
- Automated catalog with analyzed records providing extensive access through localized subject headings
- Native American Artist database
- Access to the Anthropological Literature, Anthrosource, Bibliography of Native North Americans, INFOTrac/Gale Cengage and JSTOR databases
- 210 current anthropology, archaeology and Native American studies journal subscriptions
- Public workstations with Internet access
- Photocopier, scanner & networked printer - $0.10 cents per page
- Interlibrary loan on behalf of researchers is considered on a case-by-case basis
Hours for Museum and LOA Staff, OAS, Research Associates, Scholars with Appointments
Monday-Friday 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00.
There is no limit on the number of items that may be requested.
Items will be paged from the LOA Library stacks up until 4:30 pm.
Hours for the General Public
Monday - Friday 1:00-5:00
Items will be paged from the LOA Library stacks up until 4:30 pm. A maximum of 10 items may be requested per day.
Access to materials in the Sylvanus Griswold Morley Collection and housed in the Rare Books collection is by appointment only.
The Librarian may limit the use of especially fragile or rare materials at her discretion.
A photocopier and a scanner are available for photoduplication.
MIAC-LOA Library Abebooks.com Online Bookstore
The LOA Library is funded through book sales and the generous support of people from the greater Santa Fe community. Thank you Santa Fe!
See a list of the better books LOA Library has for sale online throughout the year at http://www.abebooks.com/bookseller/MIACLAB.
The books the LOA Library has for sale online is updated weekly or as the Library receives new donations, so check back often!
Library Director / Booksales Manager
(505) 476-1264 <direct line> firstname.lastname@example.org