Using The Library

Borrowing and Fees

Check out Books and other Materials

You can check out How Many* How Long
Books 30 3 weeks
Magazines/Revistas 15 1 week
Fotonovelas 15 1 week
Music CDs 5 1 weeks
Audiobooks 5 3 weeks
Kits 5 3 weeks
DVDs 5 1 week
Reference books May not be checked out 

Returning and Renewing Library Materials

Materials must be returned on or before their due dates to avoid late fees.  For your convenience, materials may be returned to any El Paso Public Library location.

Materials will be automatically renewed up to five times, as long as no one else has requested them and you don’t have overdue items or a balance on your account. You may also renew materials in person, by telephone or over the Internet using your online account.

Overdue Fines

All overdue items are fined at a rate of $0.15 per business day, starting the day after the items are due. Fines are not charged for days that the El Paso Public Library location owning the items is closed. Please note: items from facilities open more than five days per week may accrue larger fines over the same time period than items from other facilities.

El Paso Public Library staff will accept cash, checks, or money orders as payment for overdue fines and lost items. Patrons owing fines will be blocked from checking out any more materials until payment is made. If patrons refuse to pay fines, borrowing privileges will be cancelled.

Fine Appeal

If you feel like a fine or a fee was not your fault, you can appeal a fine by submitting the document below.

Fine Appeal Form

Requests for Library Materials

If you don't find what you need on our shelves, you can ask our staff to help you place requests for library materials from other El Paso Public Library locations. A maximum of 5 requests may be placed on each library card at any one time. You may also place requests yourself by using the Internet. Contact your local library to find out how.

Your requests will be filled as soon as possible, but please be aware that other patrons may be requesting the same items, and that each patron is allowed to renew items once. Library staff will telephone you once your requested items arrive at the destination you choose. Your items will be held for 7 business days. Please pick them up as soon as possible.