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Tucumcari Public Library

602 South Second Street
(575) 461-0295
(575) 461-0297 Fax

Hours of Operation
Monday 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dainetta Kroeker Director
NM State Library Cert. II
Pat Prieto Library Tech. I
NM State Library Cert. I
Theresa CassidyLibrary Clerk/Aid
Christina RivaliLibrary Clerk

Library Services

Internet Access                                                    Literacy Program
On-Line website partnership with                      Public Access Computers
    Mesalands Community College                        (one in Spanish)            
Reading Assistance Program                              Story-time Program
Inter-Library Loan                                                  Photocopies  $1.00/page
Quay County Voter Registration Site                  Notary Service $3.00
Proctor Service                                                      Fax Service $2.00/page
   (Distance Learning Students)                               (Limited to USA fax numbers)

Advisory Board

Member                                                                 Noreen Hendrickson
Member                                                                 Leon Logan
Member                                                                 Merlinda Turner           
Member                                                                 Judy Ross            
Member                                                                 Marcia Oliver           
Member                                                                 Jannie Bahrs            
City Commission Liaison                                    John A Mihm

Library History


Around 1925, six women joined together, and dared to dream and aspire to a lofty purpose. Their enthusiasm resulted in the founding of the Tucumcari Public Library. In 1927 the ladies banded together to form the Coterie Club, with the primary goal to have a library. The ladies, working diligently without pay, sponsored cakewalks, tag days, food sales, talent shows, as well as tea and bridge benefits. The club was given donations of books and money by the communities clubs and organizations.

In 1928, The Coterie Club was able to open the first Tucumcari Public Library in a room loaned to them by the Masonic Fraternity.

In 1929, the library was growing, and was moved to the old hospital on Main Street, and in 1937, the Coterie Club rented two rooms and the basement of the community center. In that year, the Coterie Club also incorporated in order to obtain state funding.

The ladies worked diligently for 30 years, without pay, before their dream of having a new library became a reality. In 1958, the city built a new building located at 225 E. Center, and at that time also assumed operations of the library. It was not long before the library and the community needs outgrew that building. In 1971 the post office was renovated and expanded to become the building where the library is presently located.

In 1989, the library was renamed the Kenneth Schlientz Memorial Library, after the mayor who was in office when the renovation and addition to the library was implemented. In 1997, the city commission unanimously approved shortening the name to the Schlientz Memorial Library. In 2002, it was changed to the Tucumcari Public Library in Memory of Kenneth Schlientz.

Today, the library is a success story. A story that is the result of years of contributions, of time, money, books, equipment, and many factors from the individuals and community organizations of the City of Tucumcari.

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