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On April 1st, 2013, University Libraries celebrated the arrival of the three millionth volume in the largest library collection in the state. The ceremonial presentation of the book was held in the Zimmerman Library West Wing.

The official three millionth volume “The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid, the Noted Desperado of the Southwest, Whose Deeds of Daring and Blood Made his Name a Terror in New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico” has been donated by the William A. Keleher Family. It was written by Pat Garrett, Sheriff of Lincoln County and published in 1882. The book is extremely rare and was signed by the author. It will become part of the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections at University Libraries. Library Dean Martha Bedard commented, “This volume not only represents the essence of southwestern historical literature, but is a tangible piece of our very culture, and the Library is honored to have been chosen as its home. As libraries across the country expand their capacity to collect, share, and preserve intellectual output in creative ways, I believe that libraries are more essential than ever, not only to the future of society, but also to its history.”

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A book of essays, Thee Million and Counting, edited by Steven Harris was produced for the occasion. The essayists include: Martha Bedard, Rudolfo Anaya, UNM President Robert Frank, Steven R. Harris, Luci Tapahonso, Judith van Giesen, and Durwood Ball. Copies of the book are available from University Libraries' Dean's Office.

University Libraries Three Million Volume Celebration