Using the Library

CATALOG - Books, Magazines, Audio & Video for Loan

For more information please call 915-543-5433

As a registered cardholder, you can borrow up to 30 non-reference resources and items as you need for free, except for a few limits on DVDs, revistas/magazines and kits.  Most items are loaned for up to 3 weeks. 

You can borrow: Books, Magazines, Music CDs, Movies and Videos

You are guaranteed to find something you absolutely have to have by browsing our online catalog.

CATALOG - Downloadable Books, Music, Video & More Materials

Digital Downloads from OverDrive

You can check out and download the following types of digital materials at this website

Adobe® EPUB eBooks
Adobe® PDF eBooks
Mobipocket® eBooks
OverDrive WMA Audiobooks
OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks
OverDrive Music
OverDrive Video

To access these digital materials you need…
- A valid library card
- Internet access
- A computer or device that meets the system requirements for the type(s) of digital materials you wish to check out
- Free software for the computer or device on which you wish to use the materials available at this site.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many items can I have out at a time? 3 items.

Can I return items early (before due date)?
E-books can be returned early. In Adobe Digital Editions, click on the book cover and choose ‘Return Item’. E-audio and videos cannot be returned early.

How long do I have the items? 14 days.

Can they be renewed?
No. But, if there is no hold on the item, you can check it out again.

How many holds can I have? 3 holds.

I live outside of the City of El Paso, can I get a library card and pin number to check out e-materials on Overdrive?
No. You must be part of the library’s service area.

Do I have to download Adobe Digital Editions and/or the Overdrive Media Console to get e-materials?
Yes. You must download the required software to properly load e-materials to your device.

Can I download items onto a library computer?
No. You must use your own computer or device.

Can I request items to be purchased?
You can, but there is no guarantee that the title is available through Overdrive.

I saw this title available on Amazon as an e-book, why can’t you get it?
Publishers limit the number of titles that are available to Overdrive and to libraries. We are limited by what they are willing to license.


CATALOG - Kids Catalog

For more information please call 915-543-5433


This page lets children search for the materials and information they need much easier than one the main Library catalog.  It’s a fun and interactive way for children to use the Library catalog.  Try it!

Kids Catalog



BookMyne Mobile App

Want to check a due date or put a book on hold?
There’s a FREE app for that!

BookMyne makes it quick and easy to access the El Paso Public Library on the go! Search the library’s catalog, manage your account, and find suggested reading instantly with a supported mobile device.

Download BookMyne:

BookMyne features:

Manage Your Account: Keep track of your library account and renew overdue items. View your checked-out items, holds, fines, and other account information.

Search the EPPL Catalog: Search for items by title, author, subject, or keyword and place holds on interesting items.

Find a Library Branch: Search for EPPL branches by name, address, or browse a list of nearby libraries.

Search by Barcode: Use your device’s camera to scan a book’s barcode and search for available copies at your library.

Find Book Recommendations: Search the catalog for friend-recommended titles (powered by Goodreads). Find New York Times bestsellers available at the El Paso Public Library.

CATALOG - Digital Magazines

Read your favorite magazines from your computer, tablet, or mobile device!

  • Most popular magazine titles
  • Available 24/7
  • Enhanced with interactive features
  • No subscription limits and no expiration
  • Free to any EPPL card holder

Getting Started – please follow all directions carefully

The service requires the creation of two free accounts – an EPPL-Zinio account to browse the collection, and a account for subscribing to and reading magazines online or reading magazines on a Zinio Reader app on your computer or mobile device. We recommend using the same email address and password for both. You should never enter your credit card information on either account since this is a free service provided by El Paso Public Library.

New User?

Follow these steps to create your free EPPL-Zinio account. Click Here For Visual Instructions

  1. Click or tap the following link to Register & Create Account.
  2. Click or tap the Create New Account button.
  3. Enter your library card number.
  4. Click Next
  5. Enter the required information and click Create Account.
  6. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided. You are now ready to browse.

Next Step:

  1. Click the title you want to read.
  2. A pop-up box will appear. Click on Complete Checkout.
  3. You can now register to read your magazines for FREE!
  4. Fill in the information required. We suggest you use the same username and password as before.
  5. Be sure to UNCHECK the box next to ‘Send me email updates’ if you don’t want unsolicited email from Zinio.
  6. Once registered with Zinio, you will be redirected to the reading list page.
  7. Click on the title you want to read and it will appear in a new window.

Returning User?

  1. Login to your EPPL-Zinio account.
  2. Search or browse our Digital Magazine Collection and subscribe to the magazine(s) of your choice.
  3. After you select your first magazine in the Collection, a second browser window will open to
  4. Select the Login link and login using your account info.
  5. After subscribing to a magazine, read it online or deliver it to a Zinio Reader app.
  6. Use your account to register the app and read magazines on your device.

View the complete online User Guide or watch the How-To Video for more information.

Note: You may receive messages from Zinio regarding your Zinio account. These messages are not from EPPL, and do not affect the terms of your library account. EPPL never solicits purchases or charges any fees for the use of digital library material.

Get the Zinio app for:

PC | Mac | iPhone/iPad | Android | Kindle Fire* | Blackberry Playbook

  1. Download the Zinio app
  2. Open the app and tap the settings icon
  3. Sign in with your free account
  4. While in your settings, choose to set your homescreen to the Read section which will show you your checked out magazines.

*Kindle Fire: some patrons are reporting that they are unable to find Zinio in the Amazon AppStore. Here is a workaround

The Zinio app cannot be used to browse the Library's free Zinio magazine collection. Library patrons must view and subscribe to magazines using the browser on a computer or smart device! Patrons must be 17 to use the app on a tablet or mobile device.

Use the "Read" tab of the Zinio app to view the Library magazines checked out.

Access Zinio


For more information please call 915-543-5440

Border HeritageEl Paso Public Library's Border Heritage Center was formed in 1995 by combining three major collections - - Southwest, Genealogy, and Raza -- into one area of the Main Library.

The purpose of the Center is to enhance the quality of life for El Pasoans and others by collecting, preserving, and making available information about the history and culture of the residents of El Paso, Cuidad Juarez, and the surrounding region.

Activities, which promote understanding and appreciation of the region's history and culture, are integral to the role of the center.


HISTORICAL REFERENCE - Southwest Collection

For more information please call 915-543-5440

Southwest CollectionAs early as 1902, the El Paso Public Library began collecting and preserving materials on the history and culture of the Southwest (western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Chihuahua and Sonora).

The Southwest Collection, a growing research collection, is one of the most comprehensive of its kind.
It contains all important reference works and a wide selection of specialized monographs, as well as photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, clippings files, maps, periodicals, and other materials.

See the Guide to Archives of El Paso, Cuidad Juárez, & Mesilla Valley prepared by the Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG), for more resources available in the region.



For more information please call 915-543-5440

Raza CollectionThe library's RAZA Collection had its beginnings during the Chicano movement of the 1970s. Much used both for research and for recreational reading, this collection continues to grow as the publication of new works by and about Mexican Americans continues to flourish.

The RAZA Collection covers all subject areas but is particularly strong in poetry and fiction.



For more information please call 915-543-5440

The library intends that its genealogical collection reflects the history of all families who live along the U.S. - Mexico border. This collection provides sources for ancestral history whether from El Paso, Mexico, Spain, Africa, China, Ireland, or elsewhere.



For more information please call 915-543-5440
Otis Aultman Photo Collection
Otis A. Aultman Photo Collection - Online

We are currently in the process of making available online, photographs from the Otis A. Aultman Collection at the El Paso Public Library - Main (Downtown) Library

This is an ongoing project.  Descriptions of the photographs will be made available in the near future.

View Collection Gallery

Yearbook Collection - Online

Year Book CollectionThis digitization project began June 2007 and will be an ongoing project for the library.

We have started with the yearbooks in our collection that are most fragile and are currently in the public domain. Yearbook Collection
We hope these images will provide our visitors valuable genealogical, biographical, and historical information.


SERVICES - Government Documents

For more information please call 915-543-5474

GPO LogoEPPL’s Government Documents Section has everything that you’re looking for regarding tax, citizenship, Supreme Court or federal government information.  They receive certain public documents from the Government Printing Office (GPO) for public use.  If they don’t have it already, they can find it and get it for you.  Everything from the recently released Nixon tapes to the latest congressional records is at your finger tips.  Just call EPPL’s Government Documents Section. 

The El Paso Public Library was designated a Federal Depository in 1906 and is part of the Federal Depository Library Program. It is a selective Federal Depository and receives 35% of everything GPO publishes. In 1966 it became a depository for Texas State Government Documents.

Government publications come in a wide variety of formats books, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, microfiche, magazines, maps, DVD’s and electronic formats. The Library receives material from every government department and agency that we select from the Item List. We have materials from the Department of Defense, including several series of military history sets, Department of the Interior, NASA, Department of Health and Human Services including access to the National Library of Medicine and PubMed database, and the Department of Homeland Security which includes Immigration resources.

Government Documents also has a Map Collection which will also have access to other map collections and the U.S. Geological Survey website, a Law Collection with the United States Code, U.S. Supreme Court opinions, and Texas Statutes. There is also access to Patents and Trademarks and Health Related Resources such as the National Library of Medicine. Starting this year there will also be a Dedicated Public Access Computer for Government Documents Research.

For more information visit the Government Documents Blog or call 915-543-5474.


SERVICES - Public Meeting Spaces

All of EPPL’s meeting room facilities are available for public use. The rooms must be reserved ahead of time to insure availability. They are free of charge provided the use is not for a business endeavor. A nominal business rate will apply for business users. Meeting room use is subject to review by library administration.  Please call the library you are interested in for more information.

Auditorium at Main Library



SERVICES - Classes and Continuing Education


Citizenship Classes

5 PM - 7 PM
All Branches

Teen Hangout

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
All Branches

Computer Classes

5:30 PM - 7 PM
10 AM - 11 AM

El Paso Ready to Read

Listos a Leer – (Niños)
Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays
Martes, Miercoles y Sabado
11 AM

Literacy Center

(915) 543-5494


SERVICES - Assistive Technology

El Paso Public Library Offers Assistive Devices for the Visually Impaired

Library users with visual and other impairments can make use of devices at the El Paso Public Library which enlarge computer screen text, speak the printed word, and show enlarged printed materials (books and magazines) on a special video screen.

The El Paso Main Library and designated Library branches have text-enlarging software (ZoomText) mounted on a workstation in the Computer Lab. The software can be used in conjunction with all of the applications in the Computer Lab, including Microsoft Office and our online catalog. Users with visual impairments will have priority usage of this computer, which sits on a fully adjustable table to accommodate wheelchair users.


This reading device converts text into spoken word

In addition, there is a reading machine, which converts type into speech. The machine is located in the Computer Lab next to the ZoomText workstation. Patrons can place printed material face down on the glass surface of the reading machine, press one button to scan the item and a second button to read it. The reading machine is equipped with headphones that are kept at the sign up desk.



Video Enlarging Machine

Another piece of equipment is a video enlarging machine. A patron can place any two-dimensional item on the bottom surface and it will be magnified up to 350X on an upright screen. The library encourages patrons with low vision to come to the Downtown Library to try our equipment.



Braille Printer

This Braille embosser printer allows patrons with low vision or no vision to select books, magazines, or documents and convert them to Braille for their reading enjoyment.



Assistance for those with limited use of their hands

The Head Mouse is for individuals who cannot use or have limited use of their hands when controlling a computer or alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) device. The Head Mouse translates natural movements of a user's head into directly proportional movements of the computer mouse pointer, so as the user moves their head the mouse pointer on the screen also moves.


The El Paso Library also provides Assistive Technology software. These Assistive Technology programs are located in the computer lab and designated branch libraries enhance the ability of disabled patrons in manipulating data on a computer. There is an array of pointing devices to help people with hand or arm disabilities. We have alternative keyboards to accommodate low vision or ergonomic problems. A push-button, adjustable height workstation allows a person in a large wheelchair to access our computers.

If you require special accommodations to participate in library programs, please contact the El Paso Library at 915-543-5433, two weeks prior to the program.

The following El Paso Libraries have Full ADA Workstations:

The Main Library 501 N. Oregon St. 79901
Armijo Library 620 E. Seventh 79901
Doris Van Doren 551 Redd Rd. 79912
Judge Edward S. Marquez. 610 N. Yarbrough 79915
Richard Burgess 9600 Dyer 79924


Communicating With and About People With Disabilities
How to Change Accessibility Options
How to Enlarge Views on Web Pages


SERVICES - Interlibrary Loan

BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1st 2013, a $3.00 postage/handling fee will be charged for all items received for a patron via interlibrary loan.

Interlibrary Loan

If you are unable to find an item from the El Paso Public Library you can search for and request an item via the Texas Group Catalog. The item will be sent from another library in the United States to the EPPL branch of your choice. This process is called interlibrary loan (ILL). It is made possible through the cooperation of over 500 public libraries in Texas and is funded by the Texas State Library.

Before you begin searching, please review the following Q&A which outlines the rules for ILL use:

What is the Texas Group Catalog?

The Texas Group Catalog is an interlibrary loan request system designed especially for Texas library patrons. There are two major benefits to this new system. First, interlibrary loan requests are filled more efficiently. By asking for an item first from a Texas library, your chances of receiving the item are dramatically increased. The system searches all participating libraries in Texas. Most of the time, the request is filled by one of these libraries. If the item cannot be found in Texas the search is widened automatically to all participating libraries in the continental United States.

The second benefit of the Texas Group Catalog is that El Paso Public Library patrons can search for items and place requests on their own without having to visit the library. While we are still happy to place requests for you, we are pleased to now provide the option for patrons to place interlibrary loan requests anywhere, anytime, twenty-four hours a day.

Who can use this service?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you cannot request items through the Texas Group Catalog until the issue or issues are resolved.

  1. Is your library card expired?
  2. Do you have overdue items?
  3. Do you have fines or fees on your library account?

You can check the status of your library account and renew items online at You may renew your library card in person at any library location. You will be asked to provide proof of address and photo identification at the time of renewal.

Are there fees for using this service?

BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1st 2013, a $3.00 postage/handling fee will be charged for all ILL items received for a patron.

  • The fee will be charged when the item is received by EPPL from another library.
  • This fee will not be waived for cancelled requests.
  • Postage fees must be paid at the time of pick up.
  • Patrons are responsible for keeping current all contact information in their library account. This fee will not be waived if the contact information is out of date and the patron is not contacted by the library.

A fine of $0.15 will be charged for each day an item is overdue.

A fine of $3.00 will be charged for all missing ILL paperwork, book straps or barcodes. Please do not remove any paperwork found in or on an interlibrary loan item.

An initial replacement fee of $50 will be charged for all lost ILL items. In addition to this fee, the retail price of the item will be charged to patrons for all lost ILL items once the price is obtained from the lending library.

Are their limits on what can be requested?

  1. Patrons are limited to five (5) requests per month.
    • These five requests can be a combination of items from the El Paso Public Library catalog and the Texas Group Catalog.
    • This limit cannot be waived by any library staff.
  2. Audio-visual materials, such as DVDs and CDs will neither be requested for our patrons nor sent to other participating libraries.
  3. Textbooks will neither be requested for our patrons nor sent to other participating libraries.
  4. Items that are less than a year old will also not be requested or sent.
  5. Only requests from the continental United States will be filled.
  6. Copies of articles can no longer be requested. Patrons are encouraged to use the TexShare Databases ( to obtain free full-text copies of articles.

The staff of the ILL Department may judge some items to be too fragile or rare to circulate outside of the library. In these cases, ILL items will be marked “in-house use only”. The patron may view the item at the library but cannot check out the item.

How long can I keep the item?

You can keep interlibrary loan items for three weeks. Note that interlibrary loan items cannot be renewed. Please return all interlibrary loan material on or before the due date.

If you understand the rules and restrictions for placing interlibrary loans, you may proceed to the Texas Group Catalog by clicking the link below:

Texas Group Catalog

How do search an item and place a request?

Use simple keywords as you would in any search engine. Try using words from a title; the name of the author, artist or director; or words that describe the subject matter. Your search results will always be presented in this order:

  1. Resources owned by Texas libraries.
  2. Resources available through libraries outside of Texas.

To narrow your search results, use the options on the left side. When you have decided on a specific record, click on the title. Scroll down and click on the Request Item button located to the right of the title information.

Choose El Paso Public Library as your home library from the resulting drop-down list. Click Continue and log in with your library card number and PIN. On the ‘Request this item’ screen, complete all required fields. Click Continue to submit your request. You will receive an e-mail when the item is received.

I don’t have an email address and one is required to place a request. What should I do?

If you do not have an email address, you may contact any library location. Staff will assist you in placing the request. They will receive any email notification for you and will update you as needed.

Whom should I contact if I have other questions?

Interlibrary Loan Department
El Paso Public Library – Main Branch
501 N. Oregon
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915-543-5458
Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday 11am-6pm


REFERENCE & RESEARCH - Online Reference & Information Resources


TexShareTexShare is a comprehensive research and learning tool provided free of charge through the El Paso Public Library.  It offers access to hundreds of research databases in subjects such as health, genealogy, business, and education, with resources for adults, teens and children. Research your family tree, look up medical conditions, or get information for a school project...all in one place! 

Please contact the library at 543-5433 for access instructions and user credentials provided free of charge. In order to access the TexShare Databases from a computer outside of the library, you must have a library card with the El Paso Public Library.  

Go to  to log-in with the user credentials provided by El Paso Public Library. 

Listed below are fulltext references and articles that are citable and maybe used for research papers and other academic and professional purposes.



REFERENCE & RESEARCH - Career Cruising

Career Crusing

Career Cruising offers a suite of online career guidance and planning tools designed for people of all ages. Using these tools, you can find the right career, explore education and training options, build your own portfolio, manage your school’s course selection process, or set up a career development network in your community.

Seach this database now.


REFERENCE & RESEARCH - Learning Express Library

Learning Express

Learning ExpressLearning Express is an online interactive suite of tutorials and practice tests designed to help patrons, students and adult learners succeed on all academic and career paths.  Patrons and students can get immediate feedback on subjects from all academic fronts as well as practice exams for SAT, ACT, ASVAB and many others.  Learning Express is available free of charge through TexShare.    

To access Learning Express you need to log-in to TexShare.
Go to  to log-in with the user credentials provided by El Paso Public Library. 


REFERENCE & RESEARCH - Chilton Library

Chilton Library

The Chilton Library provides step-by-step instructions to automotive repairs of domestic and import vehicles. Updated monthly, this database includes not only repair and maintenance articles but also recall information for vehicles through the current model year. Along with those articles, videos and animations are provided on many topics. Close-up photos and images enhance understanding of the text, while wiring diagrams help explain system operations. Troubleshooting, diagnostic information and maintenance tables are also included in this database.

Search this database

REFERENCE & RESEARCH - Language Learning


Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a variety of popular languages. Our engaging interactive lessons are not only fun, they are designed to increase your ability to use the language skills you develop. It’s the fast, easy and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language!

Using Mango through the EPPL Web site is always FREE!

Mango Mobile

EPPL patrons can now take advantage of Mango Languages’ latest innovations: mobile apps for Android and iPhone to allow patrons at participating libraries to learn a new language wherever they are. Now you can now take advantage of mobile access to Mango’s more than 47 foreign language learning courses and 16 English language learning options.

  • Simply access Mango Languages through the EPPL Web Site
  • Create an account
  • Go to your smart phones app store
  • Download Mango for Libraries
  • Launch the app and login with your EPPL account information

Ready to get started? Click here to access for free.

REFERENCE & RESEARCH - Investment Research Center

Morningstar provides comprehensive data and analysis of over 41,000 investments. Provides real-time stock data and the ability to export financial statements and daily price histories.


Click Here To Login To Morningstar

Download - How To Invest: an informational tool on how to buy mutual funds