How do I navigate the library’s web pages?

  • If you are looking for something specific, search our alphabetical Site Map.
  • Our website is divided into five main areas:
    • Under Find Research Resources, you can find links to our books catalog (LIBROS), databases, websites, government information and more.
    • The Centers and Distance Education page provides information specifically for those students
    • The Library Services page helps you access interlibrary loan, theses and professional papers requirements, reference assistance, tutorials, room reservations and more.
    • If you want to know about the history of the library, or make a donation, go to the About Us page.
    • We welcome your comments and suggestions on our Suggestion form.

    Finding Research Resources

    How do I find and check-out books from the library?
    • Search the LIBROS catalog and limit your search to NMHU Libraries.  Write down the the location and “call number”.  This is the book’s address in the library.  Our circulating books are on the third floor. You will need your NMHU or community patron ID to check-out material.
    How do I find articles in order to write a paper?
    • Use our Databases by Title or Databases by Subject links, and select a database.  Click here for a tutorial on using the library’s databases.
    How do I know if the library has access to a certain journal?
    • Use our Journal Finder database to search by journal title or article information to determine if we own, or have access to issues of journals.  Click Here for a tutorial on using Journal Finder.
    How do I access the library’s resources from off-campus?
    • Use your Highlands student email username (without the part), and password.
      For student email information click here
    What are Special Collections?
    • The Thomas C. Donnelly Library Special Collections contains materials (books, photographs, maps, etc.) emphasizing the environment, history, culture, and peoples of New Mexico and greater Las Vegas area, as well as the high plains of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Click Here for a list of all our special collections.

    Library Services

    How can I get help?
    • You may stop by the information desk in person, e-mail us at, call us at 505-454-3401, 877.850.9064 x3401 or via ZOOM.  We also have some library tutorials which may answer some of your questions.
    What time is the library open?
    • Our regular hours during the semester are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturdays we are closed; Sunday 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.  We have extended hours during mid-terms and finals, and fewer hours during semester breaks.
    • The current week’s hours are posted on the library’s home page, and the hours and closing dates for the entire semester are on the hours page.
    How do I use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
    • ILL lets libraries loan each other material for their patrons.
    • You will need to create an account to request material.  Click Here
    • Books generally take from 1-4 weeks to arrive.
    • Articles usually take 3-5 days to arrive.
    • Each lending library sets their own due date and renewal policy.
    • Click Here for more information about ILL.
    • Click Here for a tutorial about using ILL to request an article
    How can I reserve a group study room?
    • Contact the library at 505-454-3401, 877.850.9064 x3401,  Please tell us your name, phone number or e-mail, which room or how many people, and what day and time you would like.  Room reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance.  Otherwise, our rooms are first come first served.
    How can I schedule library instruction?
    • Leave a message with the Head of Public Services Division, April Kent, by calling or emailing: 454-3139, or  Provide the name and number of the course, the time the class meets, and the number of students in the class.  Indicate your desired date(s) for an instruction, keeping in mind that we prefer a week’s advance notice.  Please consider the specific topics and areas of research you would like us to cover, including the possibility of a tour of the library.  April will contact you to confirm dates and times.  A library computer lab will be reserved and a librarian scheduled for the instruction.
    I live in the area. Can I get a library card?
    • Courtesy card holders are users who are not students or employed by the university. Applicants need to apply in person at the Information Desk or Circulation Desk with valid picture ID and proof of residence such as a current utility bill. For specific information, call the Information Desk at 505.454.3401.


    How can I donate to the Library?
    • We welcome offers of books and other resource material in good condition.  Preferably before dropping off a donation, please leave a message with the Head of Archives and Cataloging Division, Katie Gray, by calling or emailing: 454-3255, or  She will arrange a time to receive the donation.  We are happy to provide gift acknowledgements in the form of an acceptance letter and a gift donation form if needed.
    I’d like to suggest a book to purchase. How can I do that?
    • Recommendations and requests for library purchases are taken by the interim Head of Collections and Instruction, Cheryl Zebrowski .  You may leave a message at: 454-3408, or  Please leave your contact information so that she can get back with you.  You may also submit a recommendation on our online suggestion form.
    What events are happening at the library?
    • Go to our What’s Happening Page for a complete list of events and exhibits.  Also, check the library’s home page and NMHU’s Facebook postings for the current week’s events.