The kids are back at school but one of the most valuable resources for students could very well be a free library card and El Paso Public libraries are celebrating Library Card Sign-up month all month long in September.      

With a library card, students can check out books, magazines, music CDs and DVDs and even take practice exams for grade school, college entrance, military and civil service such as the ACT, SAT, GMAT, LSAT and ASVAB. A free library card also means access to computers and free internet access to download e-books, digital magazines, audiobooks, music and video from the library website.

To obtain free a library card the following requirements are needed:

  • Complete a library card application form at any branch
  • Show valid government issued photo ID. If the ID does not include a current address, a utility bill or other approved document with current address is required
  • Military and consular personnel may show U.S. government issued IDs but must also provide proof of address within the United States
  • Children under 13 years of age need a parent or guardian present to get a library card
  • Those who live outside the City of El Paso may get a library card by paying a non-refundable fee of $25 for 6 months or $50 for 1 year of service
  • Library cards cannot be issued to people residing outside of the United States

For more information, call the El Paso Public Library at 915-212-READ or visit