Frequently Asked Questions
Santa Fe Public Library now offers curbside pickup of library materials at all three locations. Hours for curbside service are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12 (noon) – 5:30 p.m.
Returns are now accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at our designated book drops. Please do not force your items if they happen to be full after hours. We do not have late fees, so please return at a later time in this unlikely event. All buildings remain closed to the public at this time.
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.
Does the library display works by local artists?
We are not accepting applications for art exhibits at this time. Notice will be given on this page when we resume accepting applications.
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?
Quarantine Book Club
Next meeting is Friday, April 16, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
Register here to receive a Zoom invitation link: https://tinyurl.com/SFPLbookclub.
Invitations will be sent out 1-3 days prior to the meeting.
Place our NEA Big Read selection Into The Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea on hold to be picked up during curbside hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 5:30 p.m.), or talk to one of our librarians about reading or listening to the book on your own device.
For questions or help getting started, call the Main Library at (505) 955-6781, the La Farge Library at (505) 955-4862, or the Southside Library at (505) 955-2820. You can also direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the library accept donations?
Beginning April 1st, the Friends volunteers will accept book and media donations by appointment. The only locations are the Main Library and the Southside Branch Library. To leave a message with the preferred location, please call 505-955-2839. To email, email@example.com
Due to space constraints, we ask for donations to be no more than the equivalent of 6 paper sacks / 4 banker boxes. Multiple appointments may be needed.
We can only accept clean, sell-able books and media. Please recycle worn books and media.
Thank you for helping the Friends raise funds for the Santa Fe Public Library,
Book Sales Committee
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.
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: Main Library: (505) 955-6781 Oliver La Farge Branch: (505) 955-4862 Southside Branch: (505) 955-2820 Seating 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 1 hour 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: (505) 955-6783 Children’s Department at the Oliver La Farge Branch: (505) 955-4863 Children’s Department at the Southside Branch:
(505) 955-2828 For all other tours, please contact the Reference Desk at the appropriate library at least two weeks in advance to schedule: Main Library: (505) 955-6781 Oliver La Farge Branch: (505) 955-4862 Southside Branch: (505) 955-2820
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.