San Juan College Library

          Salmon Ruins Library

San Juan County Research Center and Library at Salmon Ruins
6131 US Hwy 64, two miles west of Bloomfield, New Mexico.

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
(Winter hours: Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm)

Executive Director: Larry L. Baker

General Information:
The Salmon Ruins Library holds over 17,000 books, periodicals, and technical reports on the various aspects of archaeology, anthropology, geology, and regional history.

The Salmon Ruins Library is open to every member of the public for research purposes. However, check-out privileges are restricted to members of the San Juan County Museum Association, San Juan County Archaeological Association, and to members of the Totah Tracers.

The Salmon Ruins Library is staffed only by volunteers. If you are interested in more information about volunteering or internship possibilities, please contact the center at (505)632-2013.

For more information about upcoming events, please contact Volunteer Librarian Jim Snyder Tuesdays and Thursdays at (505)632-2013.

The Salmon Ruins Library holds a number of research collections. Salmon Ruins Library materials are cataloged in the San Juan College Library Catalog.

• The Salmon Ruins Collection consists of papers and information on the archaeological development of Salmon ruins by Cynthia Irwin-Williams, noted archaeologist.

  • The Wynhoff collection consists of an extensive sampling of area plant specimens.
  • The Rothrock collection houses numerous items relating specifically to archaeology and anthropology.
  • The collection of the Totah Tracers holds over 1000 items pertaining to genealogical traces.
  • The San Juan Archaeological Society collection contains items of local archaeological interest.


The loan of books and materials from the Salmon Ruins Library is limited to individual members of the San Juan County Museum Association.
As a courtesy, members of the San Juan Archaeological Society and Totah Tracers will be extended loan privileges.

San Juan County Museum Association membership cards as well as San Juan Archaeological Society and Totah Tracers membership cards will be required to check out books.

Duration of loan:
Books and other materials will be loaned for a period of thirty (30) days.

The loan period can be extended for an additional fourteen (14) days by revisiting the library or telephoning for renewal authorization.

An overdue notice will be mailed to the borrower if items are not returned on time.

A fee of $2.00 will be charged to the borrower after the first seven (7) days of delinquent circulation.


Library Account Questions 505-566-3249
Research Questions 505-566-3256