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Temporary Borrowing Measures

Temporary Measures 

EFFECTIVE 11-7-2020

Temporary measures have been enacted to facilitate patron service while the libraries are closed to the public.

Temporary Library Cards: El Paso City residents may apply for a temporary library card by clicking on the link below. The card will give them access to online databases and digital materials such as ebooks and e-audiobooks. After applicants receive their temporary six digit number, they will be emailed their official card number. The six digit number is NOT a Library card number. This process may take 2-5 days depending on the number of registrations received. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS. 

If you have a Library card, but have forgotten or lost your number or just need your PIN, please email the Ask-a-Librarian link below. There is no need to submit an online registration.


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Library Book Drops that are OPEN 

WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING BOOK RETURNES.  You can return your library books each Friday starting August 14, 2020 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Dorris Van Doren, Esperanza Moreno, Main Library and Richard Burges locations.  

Libraries to OPEN for Curbside Pickup

The El Paso Public Library will begin curbside services at seven (7) library branch locations starting the week of August 17.  Read our FAQs HERE.

Contactless service at the following locations will allow customers to pick up reserved materials. Materials must be reserved ahead of time by visiting the library’s online catalog at   

How it works: 

  • Reserve material using the online catalog at or by calling one of the designated service locations.  
  • Wait for notification by either phone, email or text. 
  • Call your library to your a pickup day. 
  • Upon arrival, call the library. 
  • Show photo ID without opening your vehicle’s window. 
  • Open the back seat door or trunk of your car   
  • Library staff will place bagged library materials inside vehicle

Curbside Services 

Richard Burges Library 9600 Dyer                   (915) 212-0317 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Monday and Thursday 

Esperanza Moreno Library                   12480 Pebble Hills    (915) 212-0442 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Tuesday and Thursday 

Dorris Van Doren Library                      551 E. Redd Rd.     (915) 212-0440 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Wednesday and Friday 

Mobile curbside service via the Bookmobile will be available at additional locations throughout the City starting the same week of August 17. This service will also be contactless and no one will be allowed on the bookmobile. Materials must be reserved ahead of time by calling the Bookmobile at 915.212.0600 or online at   

Bookmobile Curbside Service 

Armijo Library           620 E. 7th St. 

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 


Clardy Fox Library    5515 Robert Alva Ave. 

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 


Sergio Troncoso Library 9321 Alameda 

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 


Judge Marquez Library 610 N. Yarbrough 

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Borrowed materials can be returned at four (4) library locations every Friday beginning on August 14, 2020.   

Material Returns/Open Bookdrops 

Richard Burges Library 9600 Dyer                   (915) 212-0317 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Esperanza Moreno Library 12480 Pebble Hills       (915) 212-0442 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Dorris Van Doren Library 551 E. Redd Rd.          (915) 212-0440 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Main Library                   501 N. Oregon             (915) 212-7323 

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


‚ÄčDue Dates: Due dates for all checked-out materials were extended to after the closure period.

Late Fees: No late fees will accrue on materials that are due during this time or are currently overdue.

Card Renewals: Cards nearing their expiration date during the closure period will be renewed for 6 months.  

Bookdrops: All book drops except the three listed above are closed.  Please retain any library materials you might have and return them once we reopen the bookdrops.  

Services: Digital materials such as ebooks and e-audiobooks as well as music and movies are accessed through Virtual Library (link) . Online research (link) databases are likewise available 24 hours a day.


If you feel you received a fine or fee that was not your fault, you can appeal that fine or fee by downloading and filling out the appeal form at the link above.

Inter-Library Loan: ILL servicers have been suspended until further notice

Research: Border Heritage will not be handling any research or obituary requests until further notice.