Frequently Asked Questions
The City will continue to take proactive steps to protect the safety and well-being of our community. Effective Monday, March 16, the City of Santa Fe will close all public libraries and recreation centers. The Santa Fe Public Library will close its three branches (Main, La Farge, and Southside).
Please hold all returns at home until we reopen, library book drops will be locked and returns will not be accepted until we reopen. We do not have late fees and will suspend fines for overdue items at this time, so please disregard any notices you may receive until we reopen.
We are closed to the public but will still be answering reference questions and library card inquiries at our email email@example.com and we will respond as soon as possible. We do not know when we will reopen, as the emergency continues to evolve. We will not be responding to emails of that nature, so please check the city’s website santafenm.gov for any updates.
Does the library display works by local artists?
Yes, all library locations do, and if you’re an artist, we’d love to display your work. Please visit our Art Exhibits web page for more information.
Does the library offer services for individuals with disabilities?
All libraries are wheelchair accessible and have accessible parking. For people with low vision there is a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) available for use at the Main Library. A book or paper can be placed under the camera and the material is electronically magnified onto the screen. All locations have a selection of Large Print titles and Books on CD are available, as well.
Santa Fe Public Library staff is happy to assist anyone with special needs. Please inquire at the Reference Desk for assistance.
For information about book delivery to homebound patrons and residents of nursing homes, please contact the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library for more information.
Does the library host book clubs?
The Oliver La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano Street, has a Mystery Book Club that meets at 10:00am on the third Monday of each month, and a Detective Agency Book Club that meets in the afternoons on the third Monday. For more information, please call the Oliver La Farge Branch at (505) 955-4862.
The Association of American University Women’s Book Club meets once a month on the second Wednesday at the Oliver La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano Street. For details about The Association of American University Women’s Book Club, please contact Sandra at (505) 983-5125.
The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library Book Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00pm at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue.
The Teen Book Club, for youth ages 13-18, meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive. More information is available on our Teens web page.
Does the library accept donations?
Santa Fe Public Library gratefully accepts gifts of new or used books and media items, such as CDs and DVDs, but the library does not accept the following:
- Dirty, shabby, soiled, moldy, water-damaged, or animal-damaged books
- Books that are ripped, torn, or with excessive marking
- Reader’s Digest condensed books
- Encyclopedias, real estate, law, medical, or text books
Books and media items given to the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library are reviewed by library staff for possible addition to the library collection.
Materials not selected for addition to the library are reviewed by the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library for possible sale at their book stores or book sales. All proceeds from the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library are given to the library.
All donations become property of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library. No conditions may be placed on donated materials. A receipt for your gift is available from any Library Information Desk; however, receipts for gifts only indicate type and number of items donated, not monetary value.
Gifts may be dropped off at any library location during regular hours only. Space is limited, so please call the library before donating large quantities of books.
Does the library sell books?
The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library operate two book stores; one at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, and another at the Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive. Both are open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Additionally, the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library hold book sales. For more information, please visit the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library web site or call (505) 955-2839.
How can I work at the library?
All hiring for Santa Fe Public Library positions is done through the City of Santa Fe. Online job postings and applications can be found at the City of Santa Fe website or at any library location. All applications and questions about the hiring process should be directed to the City of Santa Fe, Human Resources Department.
How do I reserve a meeting room at the library?
All libraries have meeting rooms open to individuals or groups whose purpose is not illegal and whose conduct within the library is not objectionable. Use of meeting rooms is subject to the policies and rules outlined on the Library Policies web page. A meeting room contract must also be signed prior to the event. Contracts are available on the Library Policies web page.
Please check with the library for availability of audio-visual equipment.
For Meeting Room Reservations, please call the appropriate library:
Oliver La Farge Branch:
- Main Library Community Room, 75 chairs and 8 folding tables
- Main Library Pick Room, 10 chairs and 1 conference table
- Oliver La Farge Branch Community Room, 50 chairs and 4 folding tables
- Southside Branch Community Room, 90 chairs, 12 folding tables
- Southside Branch Meeting Room, 24 chairs and 6 square tables
Does the library have public computers?
Santa Fe Public Library provides public access to computers free of charge. Computer users will need a library card to use the automated computer sign up system. Guest passes are available for those persons that do not have a library card and for visitors to the Santa Fe area. Computers may be reserved for up to 2 hours per day. All locations have 15 minute express computers. Reservations may be phoned in for same-day reservation with a library card. Library computers have Internet access, word processing and spreadsheet programs. The City of Santa Fe prohibits the installation of software or hardware on its computers. Black and white printing is available (10 cents per side). Color printing is not available.
Children’s Room computers are for use by children 12 years of age and younger.
The Main Library has a self-service fax machine that take credit, debit, and check cards.
All libraries have black and white photocopiers (10 cents per side) with free scanning capability (bring your own USB drive to save your documents). Library staff is able to provide limited, short-term technical assistance as needed. However, due to time constraints and technical expertise it may not be possible to answer all questions.
Does the library have wireless Internet?
All library locations are equipped with wireless Internet.
Policy on Internet Use
In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Santa Fe Public Library endeavors to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of the community. Free public use of the Internet in the library is a service that expands access to information and resources not readily available in Santa Fe.
Use of the Internet shall be consistent with the Library’s mission, goals, policies, and procedures, and with applicable local, state, federal, and international laws. Inappropriate or illegal use of this resource in the library, including but not limited to infringement of copyright laws, is prohibited and can result in loss of library privileges.
The Santa Fe Public Library endorses American Library Association’s statement on Access To Electronic Information, Services, and Networks. The Santa Fe Public Library does not monitor, and has no control over, the information accessed through the Internet and is not responsible for the nature of nor the accuracy of any information accessed on the Internet. Internet communications are not secure and the library is not responsible for the privacy of electronic communication.
The library is not responsible for inadvertent exposure by minors or adults to potentially offensive material accessed by Internet users on library equipment. The library is not responsible for what a minor or adult may locate on the Internet. As with other library materials, restriction of a minor’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
Adopted by the Library Board on January 21, 1997.
General rules regarding computer use still apply to the use of the library’s wireless Internet
Does the library offer tours?
Teachers may arrange to bring in classes for story times, tours, and research, by calling the appropriate Children’s Department at least two weeks in advance to schedule.
Children’s Department at the Main Library:
Children’s Department at the Oliver La Farge Branch:
Children’s Department at the Southside Branch:
For all other tours, please contact the Reference Desk at the appropriate library at least two weeks in advance to schedule:
Oliver La Farge Branch:
What if the library does not own a book I want?
The Library accepts suggestions of published works for new purchases. Please log into your library account and choose “Suggest a Purchase” from the left-hand “My Account” toolbar.
Books published more than six months ago may be requested through Interlibrary Loan with a limit of three Interlibrary Loan Requests allowed per calendar month.
Can I volunteer at the library?
If you are 13 years or older, you may volunteer with the library. If you are interested in volunteering at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, please call (505) 955-6792. For volunteer opportunities at the Oliver La Farge Branch, 1730 Llano Street call (505) 955-4868. To volunteer at the Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, please call (505) 955-2820.
In addition, The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library is a non-profit volunteer organization that assists the Library with special projects. To volunteer or to join, please visit the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library website or call (505) 955-2839.