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El Paso Public Library cards are free to residents of the city of El Paso. The cards are good for two years and may be renewed after that for another two years.

Only Residents of the US are Eligible for a Non-Resident Card
Effective October 5, 2013, El Paso Public Library will implement a non-resident fee for checking out books and other materials. The new policy is in response to an increased demand in services and reductions in State and Federal funding. To maintain full borrowing privileges, those who live outside the City limits will need to pay a fee of $25 for 6 months or $50 for a full year of service.

Download a list of FAQs here
You must:
  • Show a United States government issued photo identification card with your picture, your name, and your current address. (General Delivery will not be accepted as an address.)
  • Complete a library card application form.

If your identification card does not include your current address, we will also need:
  • Your United States government issued identification card with your picture and your name.
  • One of the following documents
    • Texas motor vehicle registration
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill (gas, electric or water) dated within the last 60 days
    • Unexpired lease
    • Current tax bill
    • Unexpired voter registration card

Adults must be present in the library before library cards will be issued.

If you are under 13 years of age, your parent or legal guardian must present his/her ID and sign your library card application.

Children must be present in the library when library cards are issued.
Military personnel and their dependents may show their military ID when applying for a library card, but must also provide proof of residency within the United States.

You must be registered as a library cardholder in order to borrow materials, and you must present a library card or photo ID when checking them out.

Please report lost library cards promptly. You will be charged $1.00 to replace a lost children/teen library card or $2.00 to replace an Adult library card. Library cards damaged during normal use will be replaced without charge.
Library cards must be renewed every 2 years. You must present the same kind of identification that you presented when you first requested a library card. (See above.)

Library Card Application

Download a Library Card Application Form. Please bring in the completed application to a library near you.

The Responsibilities of a Library Card

You are legally responsible for all library materials borrowed on you card, whether the items were borrowed with or without your permission. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for materials borrowed on their children’s cards. You must report any change of name, address, or loss of card to the Library immediately. Patrons must pay any fines and/or fees for damaged or lost items. Patron owing fines will be blocked from checking out materials until payment/renewal is arranged.

If You Lose or Damage an Item

If you lose or damage an item you will be charged for the replacement cost, which is equal to the retail price of the item. If you pay for a lost item but it is found and returned to the library within 60 days of your original payment, the replacement cost will be refunded automatically to your library account.