3199 North White Sands Boulevard, Suite A-4 Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310 (575) 921-8002
Alamogordo Public Library Foundation, Inc. (APL Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2004 to raise funds for the Alamogordo (New Mexico) Public Library. The City of Alamogordo (with contributions from the County of Otero and the State of New Mexico) pays the regular operating expenses of the Alamogordo library, but in general these sources do not provide any funds for capital projects. The APL Foundation steps in to provide this funding.
The Library Online
You can visit the library's web site online here. Several databases are available online, as well as useful information about the library and lists of internet resources.
You can visit the library's online catalog here. You can check whether the library has the book you want and whether it is checked in. If you have gotten your PIN number (available by asking at the circulation desk) you can even place a hold on an item if it is checked out, and then the library will call you when it is available.
Upcoming events in the Children's Library are posted on Alamogordo's Just for Kids page.
Online at the Library
Alamogordo Public Library offers free use of internet computers for customers and visitors. There are general-access computers in front of the Reference Desk and filtered-access computers in the Children's Library. In general you are limited to 1 hour per day because demand for these computers is so high. The library can afford more computers, but we don't have space for them. There is no room for them in the library.
The library also offers free wireless (WiFi) internet access for customers and visitors. If you have a laptop computer with wireless capability (most newer laptops have this built-in) you can bring it in and access the internet with no time limits. Ask for the wireless brochure at the Circulation Desk.
Recent donations made to the Alamogordo Public Library include the purchase of computer carrels for $8,275, purchased the library's movie license,
refrigerator, framing of (3) Joe Ben Sanders maps, wooden blinds behind
the teller wall in the Rhodes Room, book purchases that were out of
print for the Centennial collection, book "Life in Otero County" by
Rachel Telles and published by Bank '34. Contributed hundreds of dollars to the Children's Summer Reading Program.
In April 2012, the APL Foundation paid to convert the oral history cassette tapes into CD format for the Alamogordo Public Library.
In December 2008, the APL Foundation purchased new signage for the Library's driveway entrance. The new signs were created by Commercial Sign Art in Alamogordo and replaced the older signs that had cracked and corrugated over the years.
Alamogordo Public Library, located at 920 Oregon Avenue in Alamogordo, New Mexico, is open 53 hours a week, from Monday through Saturday. It is a cost-effective operation that provides excellent customer service and immediate access to a collection of over 100,000 items, with a much larger collection available through inter-library loan. There is something for everyone at your library, including substantial collections of Spanish and German books and Southwest history. The library is the repository for the papers of the western writer Eugene Manlove Rhodes. The Children's Library is a particular treasure. It provides programs throughout the year for children of all ages, including teens, and over 1,000 children participate in the Summer Reading Program each year. Library service is free of charge to all residents of Otero County.
The library is a major cultural attraction in Alamogordo. The library receives about 200,000 visitors each year, compared to 450,000 for White Sands National Monument, 200,000 for the New Mexico Museum of Space History and IMAX Theater, and 50,000 for Desert Lakes Golf Course.
The Library has a multi-purpose room that is available for Library group activities and business meetings of Library groups such as Library Board, Friends of the Library, APL Foundation and staff. Organizations and individuals may apply by written application to use the room for educational programs and workshops. All usage must be approved by library staff. Maximum occupancy is 75 when used as one room (approx. 20'x50') or 38 on each side when the sound divider is used.
The multi-purpose room was added to the original library in 1987. It was still in its original state when the APL Foundation fulfilled a grant request from library staff for new flooring in Decmeber 2009. Twenty-two year-old carpeting was removed and new vinyl flooring installed. The Foundation didn't stop there. With some help from the city, the original wall covering was removed, damages repaired and the walls textured. The APL Foundation had the entire room painted, and furnished new wooden cabinets for group storage. This renovation was done at a cost to the Foundation of about $4000.00.