With the National Weather Service forecasting near triple-digit temperatures for Las Cruces through Tuesday, June 22, 2021, the City of Las Cruces has extended the availability of Branigan Library as a cooling station until at least that date. Branigan Library will be open Sunday, June 20, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 575-528-4005 or email

Due to the high volume of calls to the Circulation and Reference desks, some patrons might not be able to get through. If you need assistance and cannot get through over the phone, please email for curbside check-out or item renewal questions or for reference questions and holds. We are working hard to answer all questions and address issues in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience!

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Beginning June 7, 2021, Branigan Library will resume normal Library Hours. Browsing collections in the Media, Children’s, Young Adult, Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, Genealogy, Spanish Language areas will now be open. The Periodical Room and Study Rooms are also available. Unvaccinated Patrons must wear a mask inside the building at all times. #backtobranigan #welcomeback #thelibraryisopen

Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Computer Lab Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM to 7:47 PM**
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:45 PM**
Sunday: Closed
**The computer lab closes 15 minutes early to give staff time to wipe down computers and prepare the lab for the next day.  

The Munson and Sage Branches will remain closed.

For information on the Grab and Go service, contact the Circulation Department at (575)528-4005.

All items being returned need to be placed in the outside book drop located on the side of the building or inside the lobby in the automated book return. Fines and fees are still being waived. The Library is not currently accepting donations of books, videos or magazines.

Important numbers to know:

  • Basic information, circulation: 575-528-4000 
  • Reference help: 575-528-4005 

The Library has many digital resources, such as e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming music and movies, digital magazines, databases and more, which patrons can visit from the comfort of their own home. 

Help stop the spread of COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19 and how you can help stop the spread visit:

Library Cards

Do you need a library card to access our digital services from home? 

A happy little girl reading a book A FREE library card is available to Dona Ana County, New Mexico residents with a valid photo ID with a current address, or a valid photo ID and a current proof of address, such as a utility bill or lease.  New Mexico residents who live outside of Dona Ana county can receive a free library card with a valid photo ID, current proof of address, and a library card from where they live.  Children and teens 17 years and under must have a parent or guardian sign their application for a card. Parents and guardians must have a library account in good standing in order to sign their child up for a card. A $5 replacement fee is charged if the card is lost, stolen or damaged beyond use.

Library card application can be filled out online by clicking here. For more information, contact the Circulation department at 575-528-4000 or

For information on the Grab and Go service, contact the Circulation department at 575-528-4000.

To renew your library card, call the Circulation department at 575-528-4000.

Digital Resources

E-Books, E-AudioBooks, Digital Magazines, Streaming Music and Movies

We’ve added more options for digital resources! Go to the link above and check out RBDigital, Freeding and Freegal.  And take a look at our newest additions, TumbleBooks for a ton of new content to explore, including educational and fun kid’s and teen digital books, graphic novels and audiobooks and Kanopy, an award-winning movie streaming service.

Reference and Research Databases (Including homework help, test prep and more)

Materials & Research

Looking for a specific item? Check out our new online catalog. Need research or homework help? Our databases are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Have a reference question? E-mail the Reference Department or call (575) 528-4005.

Want to find out what is happening at the library? Go to the library’s News and Events page, or check the library’s calendar of events.

Meeting Rooms

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library offers free meeting rooms to local non-profit organizations. To reserve a meeting room please send an e-mail or call Library Administration at (575) 528-4028.

Advisory Board

Click here to see agendas and minutes

Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

The Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help the public library in Las Cruces, NM serve the community by providing funding, advocacy, programming services and materials. Click here for more information.