Library Cards and Checkout Information

Library Card Application (English)    

Aplicación de la Tarjeta de la Biblioteca (Spanish)

The Public Libraries encourage everyone to have a library card and provide a number of card types to meet the needs of all patrons.  New Mexico residents who provide photo ID and proof of address receive cards with full privileges.  Other cards are available for children, out-of-state visitors, and those who do not have photo ID or proof of address.

Library Card Features:

  • Library cards are not transferable.  Do not lend your card.  Cardholders are responsible for all items checked out on their card.
  • If you forget to bring your card you may check out two items using photo ID.
  • The Rio Rancho Public Libraries do not charge daily late fees.  We will contact you if items become overdue.
  • Please contact us if your card is lost or stolen so we can freeze your account.
  • The cardholder is responsible if items are lost or returned damaged.
  • Accounts are updated every three years.
  • RRPL cards can be used at either branch.

Checking Out & Returning Items

RRPL items can be checked out and returned to either branch.

Mis-returned Items

Items from other library systems are sometimes returned to the Rio Rancho Public Libraries. There is no tracking mechanism for mis-returned items. The Library is not responsible for mis-returned items that are lost.  If you think you may have returned an item in error, please contact the checkout desk at the branch where you returned it. The Rio Rancho Public Libraries have a verbal reciprocal arrangement for the return of items to/from other local libraries. This happens on an irregular basis. 


If you have any questions about your account or checking out items, speak to someone at the checkout desk or call Library Customer Service at (505)891-5013 ext 3081. 

Items Available to Check Out

Item TypeCheckout PeriodMaximum Number of RenewalsCheckout Limit
Music CDs1 week25
Feature Films1 week25 DVDs total
Nonfiction Films3 weeks25 DVDs total
Audiobooks3 weeks25
eBooks & eAudio3 weeks24-5
Books3 weeks230 items total
Magazines (back issues only)3 weeks230 items total
Storytime Kits3 weeks01
Home School Collection6 weeks030
Telescope2 weeks01
WiFi Hotspot1 week01