Laboratory of Anthropology Library

Welcome to the LOA Library!


Library Director | Koha Systems Administrator | Booksales Manager

Allison Colborne

    (MA, MLIS, DAIS)

LOA Library Catalog
More than 42,000 records indexinging 30,000+ physical and full-text digital resources.

Master Plan


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

Formal closures (i.e. vacations) are posted on the staff board, the LOA Library door, the LOA Library phone message, and on the LOA Library Koha ILS Catalog site.

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 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 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 a team 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, providing 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.

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.

LOA Library Volunteers

Ana Gabaldon
- Collections management projects, such as rehousing and relabelling collections, etc.
Kitty Jansen
- Inventorying / Cataloging LOA Library Oversized collection.
Joan Lamarque
- Booksales - Donations receipt, checking against LOA Library collections, pricing, sorting, etc.
Margie McKhann
- Typing table of Contents, Names of Indian artists in cataloging records.
Ann Rasor
- OAS collections organizataion; Adding OAS items, location, etc. in the Koha ILS.
Lynn Spivey
- Indexing Southwest Museum MasterKey journal
Jere Turner
- Generating online bookstore listings using the HomeBase database.


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, Inc. (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.


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