Capitan Public Library
A small library where big things happen!

Capitan Public Library is one of three full-service public libraries in Lincoln County. Founded in 1996, it has become a vital, steadily growing, and constantly evolving community resource, enriching the lives of many. The library is governed by a 7-member board of directors and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Everyone is welcome to use the library and library cards are free to all Lincoln County residents. We invite you to use our public computers with free Internet, as well as free WiFi.

The library's catalog has a new look, new conveiences, and new ways to access information. You are able to access your account from any Internet capable computer. With your library card, log into your personal account to manage reserves and renewals. Get started now by using the following link... Capitan Public Library Online Catalog

Upcoming Events

First Friday Lecture Series
September 4, 7:00 PM
Tony Davis, President of White Mountain Search & Rescue, will speak about the tasks involved when a call is received for a missing person. White Mountain Search & Rescue (WMSAR) is a local volunteer organization that provides search and rescue teams when hikers, hunters, children and other persons go missing. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Annual Village Yard Sale
September 12
Sales will be in the village or within a 2 mile radius outside the village limits. Your sale should start at 8:00 AM and last until at least 2:00 PM. Forms may be picked up at the library or Not 2 Shabby Shop.

Deadline for returning your information is Thursday, September 10, 5:00 PM. Return your form and $5 entry fee to Capitan Public Library. The $5 fee covers advertising your sale, a map with your address, and a sign for your yard. Tables will be available for $25 if you wish to sell in town.

Geneaology Program
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
If you are interested in genealogy, Kris Shearer will help you get started with your research or assist in getting you to new venues. In July, there were 1077 searches from the Ancestry program.

$5 A Bag Book Sale
First Saturday of each month

Adult Reading Group
Every 1st Thursday, 10:00 AM

Free Passes To State Museums
The NM State Library and Dept. of Cultural Affairs has provided free passes to state museums and historic venues. To use the pass you must be a patron of the library in good standing. Passes are good for one week and will admit up to 6.

Past Events

Summer Reading Program
The library had a great summer reading program. The program ran for eight weeks with 42 children enrolled. The theme was "Hometown Heroes" - this made the task of finding presenters easy. Two of our local "heroes" were David Cox, Fire Chief and Randy Spears, Police Chief. The kids had fun with crafts and games and were treated with snacks at the end of each session. The final program ended with a pinata, hot dogs, chips and sodas. The two top readers were Zach Rich and Alice Allen.

Library Activity
During July 1773 patrons checked out 1192 items, 426 people used the free public computers or wifi, and 25 volunteers worked 414.5 hours.

Donations are needed to maintain the daily operation of the library and are tax deductible.

Click the Donation button if you wish to support your library.

Smokey Bear

Information on our favorite Local Hero can be found on our Smokey Bear page.
Capitan Public Library
Address & Directions
101 E. 2nd Street
PO Box 1169
Capitan, NM88316

The library is located at the corner of 2nd Street and Lincoln Avenue. From Highway 380 go south on Lincoln Avenue one block.

Tuesday - Thursday : 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday & Saturday : 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday & Monday : Closed




Closed on the following:

New Years Eve & Day, Thanksgiving Eve & Day, Christmas Eve & Day. Additional days depending on the calendar.

Book Drops
Library and in front of Lincoln County News, Carrizozo

Not 2 Shabby Shop
Visit the Not 2 Shabby Shop
The library's resale shop provides economical shopping as well as assisting those residents in need. Donations are welcome - please, no electronics or used plumbing.

Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday : 10AM - 2 PM