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The Public Library is required legally to ensure that the patrons we serve live in the state of New Mexico. Our contracts with our electronic resource vendors, such as OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla, state that the services we pay for are intended for New Mexico state residents, whose tax dollars are used to pay for such services. As such, the Library's policy does require patrons to visit one of our 19 library branches and show their photo ID in order to apply for a library card, and to visit a branch at least once every three years with their photo ID to confirm that they still do live in New Mexico.
|My Card Type||Total||Books &
|Customer||50||50||25||varies by provider||40|
|Child||25||25||25*||varies by provider||5|
|Youth||5||5||5*||varies by provider||5|
|Juvenile Only||25*||25*||25*||varies by provider||5*|
|Adult Limit||2||2||2||varies by provider||2|
*Children's materials only
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Are you unable to visit a library branch and apply for a Public Library of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County library card? If you are a New Mexico resident, we encourage you to take advantage of the wonderful and free online resources provided by the New Mexico State Library!
In addition to the online databases available through the New Mexico State Library, New Mexico residents can also access the Palace Project for free! The Palace Project is a reading app that contains a bookshelf of more than 15,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks. The Palace Project App can be downloaded onto Android or Apple phones and tablets. Simply download the app from your app store, search for New Mexico State Library, and start browsing! If you don't already have a New Mexico State Library card, you can get one in the Palace App in just a few minutes.