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Geologic Information Center

Senior Geologist, Head of Archives and Collections:
Maureen Wilks (575) 835-5322

The Geologic Information Center (GIC) is a specialized library and archive focusing on geologic data relating to New Mexico's mining and petroleum industries, mineral and water resources, and geology. The library also contains a variety of unpublished mine reports, maps and all Bureau open-file reports. The main focus of the library is to locate and obtain geologic data relating to New Mexico's rich history of mining, petroleum exploration, and geology.

The center is funded entirely by the Bureau of Geology as part of our public-service function. Since its founding in 1982, the GIC library has expanded to include more than 5,000 maps, approximately 5,000 reports and publications, more than 2,000 photographs, and approximately 1,200 theses and dissertations. Documents are available for use during normal business hours. However, original materials are not available for loan and certain restrictions apply to rare or fragile documents.

The public is encouraged to use the facilities and resources of the GIC. Our Geologic Bibliography for New Mexico can be used to search for specific publications or items of general interest.

The GIC responds to hundreds of inquiries for information each year. Requests originate from geologists exploring for mineral deposits, developers seeking information on geologic hazards, researchers seeking obscure historical data, and state and federal government officials in need of data on a variety of topics and issues, including ground water, radiation hazards, and mineral resource potential.

The GIC is actively seeking maps, reports, photographs, and other materials relating to New Mexico's extractive industries and geology. Donations are tax deductible. In the event original documents, photos, or other materials cannot be donated, the GIC can make reproducible copies.