Laboratory of Anthropology Library

Welcome to the LOA Library!



Library Director | Koha Systems Administrator | Booksales Manager

Allison Colborne (MA, MLIS, DAIS)



Laboratory of Anthropology Building (adjacent to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture)
710 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505


LOA Library Catalog
More than 47,000 records indexinging 38,000+ physical and 4,000+ full-text digital resources.




Researchers are strongly encouraged to pre-arrange their research visit to consult materials from the Laboratory of Anthropology Library collections.

The LOA Library is a closed stacks library. The collections are accessed by the LOA Librarian and volunteers alone.

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

  • Monday-Friday 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00 pm.
  • Items will be paged from the closed stack of the LOA Library up until 4:30 pm.

General Public | Those Without Appointments

  • By Appointment only. Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00 pm

  • Items will be paged from the LOA Library stacks 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.
  • Seating in the LOA Library Reading Room is reserved for researchers consulting LOA Library resources.

Special Collections | Sylvanus Griswold Morley Collection | LOA Library Rare Books Collection

  • By appointment only. These scarce and often fragile collection materials requires special preparation and handling.

  The LOA Library is staffed by one FTE Librarian. The LOA Library is closed during meetings and the Librarian's Vacation.



The Laboratory of Anthropology Library (LOA Library) is a research-level special collections library established at the time the Laboratory of Anthropology, Incorporated was established and the Laboratory of Anthropology Building opened in 1930.

The LOA Library is a research-level library devoted to collecting and preserving print and electronic resources devoted to the precontact and historical archaeological record and the cultural anthropology of the indigenous cultures of New Mexico, the greater American Southwest, Mexico and Central America. The Library collects and preserves materials devoted to the origin and migration, social and political organization, as well as the historical and contemporary expression, including oral and written narratives, and linguistic and language texts of the cultures of the American Southwest.

The LOA Library has a particular focus on collecting and preserving resources within the geographic region of the Four Corner States (New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah), with additional holdings supporting research on the indigenous cultures of the Great Basin, California, Nevada and panhandle region of Oklahoma and Texas. The geographic scope of the collections is informed by trade and migration, and by culture contact. 

The LOALibrary is devoted to collecting and preserving the historical and contemporary artistic expression of the cultures of the greater Southwest.

The LOA Library wishes to welcome researchers from each of the nineteen Pueblos of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, and the Jicarilla and Mescalero Apache nations.



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 of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, including the Museum and Laboratry research associates, docents, and volunteers, the Indian Advisory Panel, the Archaeological Research Collections, the Office of Archaeological Studies, New Mexico Historic Sites, Historic Preservation Division and the Archaeological Records Management Section.

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



All LOA Library operations and services are carried out by the Librarian with the support of dedicated volunteers.


Library Director | Koha Systems Administrator | Booksales Manager

Allison Colborne (MA, MLIS, DAIS) - (505) 476.1264 [direct line] -


The LOA Library operations are overseen by and all services performed by the Librarian with the assistance of volunteers. In addition to administering, the LOA Librarian provides reference and research service, cataloging, collections acquisitions and management including managing periodical subscriptions, and providing interlibrary loans or document delivery services.

The LOA Librarian catalogs and maintains the cataloging records for the Laboratory of Anthropology Library and for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Docent Library and OAS collections print and electronic resources. She also codes and maintains the Laboratory of Anthropology webpages. Since 2014, the LOA Librarian has made nearly 5,000 items available electronically through the LOA Library catalog and created a digital resources using

She administers the MIAC-LOA Library online and onsite booksales programs and operations. She implemented the online bookstore in December 2008 and manages the HomeBase booksales database. Funds realized through the sale of books via is the sole source of funding of the operations and services of the LOA Library. Booksale funds are further the sole means of underwriting the LOA Library Koha Integrated Library System and paying for support of this system by Bywater Solutions.


LOA Library Volunteers

Kitty Jansen
- Inventorying / Cataloging LOA Library Oversized collection.

Mary Jebsen
- LOA Library Collections management projects / Library donations and Booksales donations processing.

Joan Lamarque
- Booksales - Donations receipt, checking against LOA Library collections, pricing, sorting, etc. Listing materials for sale using the Homebase database.

Ann Rasor
- OAS collections organization; Adding OAS items, location, etc. in the Koha ILS.

Lynn Spivey
- Indexing Southwest Museum MasterKey journal, Call labels




The Laboratory of Anthropology Library has approximately 35,000 items in its collections of which approximately 70 percent of its holdings are serial (monographic series included) in nature.

The collections reflect the history of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology:

      • Laboratory of Anthropology, Incorporated (1929-1947)
      • Museum of New Mexico Laboratory of Anthropology (1951-1981)
      • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology (1987-present)

The Laboratory of Anthropology Library collects materials suporting the missions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; Laboratory of Anthropology; Archaeological Research Collections; Office of Archaeological Studies; New Mexico Historic Sites and the Historic Preservation Division, and the Historic Preservation Divison Archaeological Records Management Section.

The Library collections are particularly strong in the areas of greater Southwest Indian arts and culture (precontact through present); greater Southwest, Northern Mexico and Central America anthropology, archaeology, history; and, New Mexico and Four Corners region historic sites and monuments. The LOA Library actively collects Museums and Cultural Resources Management history, methodology, and theory publications; greater Southwest books, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, archaeological reports, government documents, gray literature, and ephemera within the scope and mission of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology and the Laboratory of Anthropology Library. The Library has active subscriptions to over fifty periodicals in the foregoing subject areas.

The Library is renowned for the strength and breadth of its historical collections supporting research on the origin and history of peoples of the New World, particularly Central America, Mexico, New Spain, and the American Southwest. Of note is the Sylvanus Griswold Morley Collection which is comprised of the personal library of one of the founders of the Laboratory of Anthropology, Inc. who was an archaeologist renowned for his scholarship on the Maya.