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Library Cards

With your library card you can borrow books, movies, audiobooks, and more. To have a library card issued, adults must present a government issued photo ID along with proof of current address in Dona Ana County. For children and teens 17 years and under, a library card will only be issued with a parent or legal guardian present to sign the child's application for a card. Individuals living outside the County with a valid card from their New Mexico community library, are also eligible and may apply for a library card from Branigan Library.

Cardholders are responsible for any materials checked out on their library card. Failure to return library materials is a serious matter and can result in library privileges being suspended or referral to a collection agency.

A $5 fee is charged for replacement cards. Please inform the library staff if a card is lost or stolen or if an address or telephone number has changed.

You must have your library card with you in order to check out any materials.

Item Loan Period No. of Renewals* Holds Daily Overdue Fine
Books 3 weeks One Yes $0.10
New Books 3 weeks One Yes $0.10
Audio Books (Tape and CD formats) 3 weeks One Yes $0.50
Compact Discs 1 week One Yes $0.50
Video and DVDs 1 week One Yes $0.50
Art Prints 4 weeks Two No $0.10
Reference Materials No Loans Zero No N/A
Genealogy Materials No Loans Zero No N/A
Magazines 1 week Zero No $0.10

*Renewals may be denied if there is someone waiting for the material.

Books By Mail

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library offers Books By Mail service to residents living in outlying areas. Users must be registered with Books by Mail to receive this service. To sign up for this service, please contact the Circulation Department at (575) 528-4010 or

Reading Requests

Request the Library purchase a title that has been published in the last 12 months.

Request a book that the library does not own.

Request an article from a magazine or journal the library does not own.

Reserve a Meeting Room

Branigan Memorial Library can accommodate a variety of public meetings and programs for local non-profit organizations. A signed Meeting Room Regulations and Agreement form must be on file with the library prior to the room reservation being approved. To reserve a meeting room speak to a Reference Librarian in person or call (575) 528-4028.

Library and City of Las Cruces meetings and programs will always receive priority over those of other organizations and may pre-empt previously scheduled non-Library meetings. Programs by out-of-town organizations must be co-sponsored by a local group with the approval of the Library Administrator.

All meetings or programs must be free and open to the public. Library personnel will not be available to set up chairs and tables for meetings.

Available Meeting Rooms

  • Road Runner Room-100 capacity
  • Board Room-10 person capacity

Special Equipment Available

Please request these items when reserving a room to ensure availability. The Library cannot guarantee items if they have not been reserved in advance. The Library does not provide office supplies, paper products or refreshments, nor does it provide staffing for events.‚Äč
  • Digital Ceiling Projector for Powerpoint Set-up with screen
  • Dry Erase Board (no markers)
  • Overhead Transparency Projector (Old Style)
  • Slide Projector
  • Portable Screen
  • Podium
  • TV

Study Rooms

Study Rooms are available by appointment, please contact the reference desk at (575) 528-4005 or to schedule.


Please call the reference desk at (575) 528-4005 for Notary Service requirements and to confirm availability.


  • $0.10 per page
  • Copies are black and white only
  • Coins or single dollar bills accepted

Library Policies

Amnesty Program Policy

Behavior Policy

Books By Mail Policy

Borrowing Policy

Building Closure Policy

Children’s Computer Policy

Collection Development Policy

Computer Use Policy (Use of Public Access Computers and Internet Policy)

Exhibits & Display Policy

Filming & Photography Policy

Fines & Fees Policy

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Library Card Policy

Library Programming Policy

Lost & Found Policy

Meeting Room Policy

Minor’s Use of the Library (Use of the Library by Minors Policy)

Notary Services Policy

Patron Privacy & Confidentiality Policy

Posting & Distribution of Non-Library Materials Policy

Reference Services Policy

Resource Center Policy

Security Camera Policy

Service Animals & Pets Policy

Study Room Policy

Unattended Minors Policy

Volunteer Policy

Young Adult Room Policy

All other library policies are under revision.


It is the student's responsibility to understand the Library's Proctoring Guidelines and ensure that all proctoring requirements can be met. Arrangements must be made with the Reference Department at (575) 528-4005 at least 48 hours in advanced. Students must complete a Proctoring Request Form and return it to the Reference Desk for each exam to be proctored.

Have a question on any of the services provided? Please contact the Reference Department at (575) 528-4005 or