The International UFO Museum Research Center Library. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)
The library at the International UFO Research Center will relocate following this year’s UFO festival in July.
Considering 28 percent of voting Americans believe aliens exist, and 21 percent think a UFO crashed in Roswell in 1947, according to a poll by Public Policy Polling in April, the library is still growing and in demand.
When the library first opened, it contained one bookshelf and a few magazines. Several donations later, the shelves have grown into two large rooms, two video viewing rooms, an office and a research area.
The library now contains more than 5,000 books, 1,000 magazines and periodicals and more than 1,000 videos.
“It’s really grown,” said library director Karen Jaramillo.
The UFO center has already purchased space next door to relocate the library, but visitors must still enter through the main entrance.
Although the library did loan out its books about aliens, extraterrestrials, crop circles, big foot, UFOs and other phenomenon, the works are now too rare and out-of-print to loan, Jaramillo said.
The library has an extensive collection of binders filled with unclassified materials about sightings, articles and other related materials. Researchers can access the pages easily in binders and at desks provided.
And recently, it received the Candusso Collection from Americo and Maggie Candusso. The siblings started collecting articles on UFOs when they were young. The entire 25-box collection is inventoried and in binders. The collection is so large, it covers an entire wall of the existing library.
“We were actually in his will to receive this,” Jaramillo said.
The library also owns nearly all movies or television shows made of Roswell or other alien-related subjects. Visitors can borrow a video room to view a show anytime.
The library also has access to a “sightings” database in-house with records of UFO sightings from all over the world, Jaramillo said.
The library is open to researchers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.