A small library where big things happen!

The library is busy planning some exciting programming. Most in house programs are on hold due to the Pandemic.

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 8-member board of directors and is staffed by volunteers. Everyone is welcome to use the library and there is no charge for library cards. New cards issued will require a drivers license or legal ID.

The Library is independent of the town or county and is a 501c3 Non-Profit. The Capitan Public Library is fully recognized by the New Mexico State Library.

We invite you to use our public computers with free Internet, as well as free WiFi. In addition, the WiFi is on 24/7 and available around the perimeter of the library building.

The "Friends of the Library" manage the "Not-2-Shabby-Shop" that provides financial support along with Grants from State and County Government.

The library catalog is easily accessible 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


Don't Forget your FamilyPass this holiday

Whether you're going on the road or got visitors coming to town that need to see our sites, be sure to take the NM Family Pass with you. Available to check out at your library for FREE. Allows admission of up to six people to 15 state museums and historic sites (see locations listed below)

The FamilyPasses are available for check out by library card holders in 

good standing at Capitan Public Library. 

Borrowers must be over the age of 18 or have a parent or guardian 
with them to sign the borrower agreement when checking out a
FamilyPass. The pass can be checked out for one week. 


The FamilyPass offers access to a diverse selection of cultural


The Department of Cultural Affairs runs four museums in Santa Fe :

     Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

     Museum of International Folk Art

     New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

     New Mexico Museum of Art


 Two museums in Albuquerque : 

      National Hispanic Cultural Center 

      Museum of Natural History and Science


      New Mexico Space History Museum in Alamogordo 

      New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces


Seven designated Historic Sites around the state include :

   Coronado     El Camino Real Trail     Fort Selden     Fort Stanton     Jemez     Lincoln                                      Fort Sumner/Bosque Redondo Memorial