About the Library 

Your source for information about the Library's policies, mission, history, and more. 

Hours & Locations

Esther Bone Memorial Library

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Rio Rancho, NM 87124


Ph: 505-891-5012

Fx: 505-891-1396


Monday Closed 
Tuesday 9am-7pm 
Wednesday 9am-6pm

Thursday 9am-6pm
Friday 9am-5pm

Sunday Closed 

Loma Colorado Main Library

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Rio Rancho, NM 87124


Ph: 505-891-5013

Fx: 505-891-4782


Monday 9am-8pm 
Tuesday 9am-7pm 
Wednesday 9am-7pm

Thursday 9am-7pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday Closed 

The HUB @ Enchanted Hills - Now Open

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Rio Rancho, NM 87144


Ph: Opening May 17th, 2023


Monday Closed 
Tuesday Closed 
Wednesday 10am-6pm

Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 10am-6pm


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Rio Rancho Public Libraries Mission (February 2022)

Provide equitable access to information services, and programs to enhance the love of reading, encourage lifelong learning, and offer cultural experiences to the community.

Our Vision (July 2022)

Connect our community with opportunities to thrive.


  • Literacy
  • Diversity
  • Outreach
  • Community
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Rio Rancho Library Policies

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Earliest Library Locations

Rio Rancho homes started being built in 1962 and Rio Rancho's first residents arrived in 1963.  A lending library followed soon after.  The effort was spearheaded by Melba Palmer, Zelda Haynes, and Pat Murphy.  The ladies gathered a small collection of books via donations and gifts from the State Library in Santa Fe.  The Rio Rancho Lending Library officially opened in October 1965 at the Haynes Club House. 

As the library has grown, it has occupied a number of spaces, including the Recreation Center on Grande and 19th Street, and then in a room of the new Auditorium Building which opened in 1973.  The collection grew with demand and the first meeting of the Rio Rancho Community Library Association was in November 1975. They voted to move the Library into a building of their own and leased the Youth Activities Building in Haynes Park from AMREP for one dollar per year.

During this time, the library was staffed by volunteers, including Esther Bone, Professor Emeritus in Library Administration at Kent State Library.  Esther Bone wrote a proposal and received a state grant to organize and enlarge the library.  When the city incorporated in 1981, the community library became a public library annexed by the city, and it moved into City Hall (below).

Library at City Hall

Our First Librarian

Esther Bone, 2nd from left

Following incorporation, the city hired Esther Bone (second from left) as its first paid librarian, and the Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho group was established as the library's nonprofit fundraising arm. Esther Bone died in 1982, and the City Council renamed the library in her honor.  Jo Hintner served as City Librarian July 1981-March 1984. Toni Beatty was Library Director from 1986 to 2008. In 1992, she oversaw the building of a new 12, 250 square-foot building on Pinetree Road, just off Southern Boulevard, and the Library moved into its first independent home (ribbon cutting below).

Esther Bone Ribbon Cutting

Continuing to Grow

By the early 2000s, the library was rapidly outgrowing its space and demand from the growing population was straining library resources. Planning and fundraising for a new main library began under Toni Beatty's ongoing leadership. A $5.5 million construction bond referendum was passed in 2004, and with that, along with many generous private and corporate donations, the Loma Colorado Main Library was built.  The Main Library opened in December 2006. 

Loma Colorado Building Site

The Esther Bone Memorial Library closed in October 2006 for a complete refurbishing. It reopened in February 2008. Esther Bone Remodel

William Cicola was the Library Director from 2008 to 2013. Lynette Schurdevin was the Library Director from 2013 to 2021.

Jason Shoup was hired in 2022 to be the fourth Library Director for the City of Rio Rancho.

In May of 2023, The HUB @ Enchanted Hills became the third library in the city of Rio Rancho, NM. 

HUB Outside

For more information, oral histories, articles, photographs, and ephemera about the history of the Libraries and the history of Rio Rancho, visit the Local History Collection at the Loma Colorado Main Library.

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Rio Rancho Library and Information Services Strategic Plan 2024-2026

Rio Rancho Library and Information Services Annual Report 2022-2023