Books and Media

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You can reserve items, see what you have checked out, renew items, and edit your contact preferences when you log in to your account.

e-books and Downloadable Audiobooks

New Mexico Library To Go Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks

New Mexico Library To Go: Borrow e-books by signing in with your library card number and your phone number or password. (This is the same information that can be used to log into our library catalog.) You can also borrow and download audiobooks! These items appear in our catalog labeled “internet” and “Overdrive.” Click on an item for a link to the e-book or audiobook.

A free Overdrive app is available for many different devices. The new Libby app is easy to use. For guidance and how-to videos, visit the Help section of Overdrive. Feel free to contact us with questions, and enjoy!

Interlibrary Loan

If we do not have an item at the Silver City Public Library, and it is not available at the WNMU Miller Library, we can request an interlibrary loan (ILL) from another library. Contact us or request the item online by logging into your account, clicking on “My Account,” selecting the “Reserves/Requests” tab, and clicking “request” near “Is the library missing something?” We will not charge a small postage fee as mentioned in the form. You may request up to two ILLs at a time, a total of six per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

You may also wish to check the Bayard Public Library catalog for items not available in Silver City.

Accessible Books and Audiobooks

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a service of the New Mexico State Library. The LBPH is responsible for meeting the reading and information needs of nearly 3,000 New Mexico citizens who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, or reading disabled. Go here to learn how to sign up for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Once you are signed up, you can borrow physical items and download items with the Braille and Audio Reading Download app.

Special Collections and Unusual Items

The library’s collections include published books and unpublished research materials about local history. Some of these items can be found in the Southwest Collection room. Due to rarity or fragility, some items must be retrieved by a library staff member. Ask at the information desk!

New Mexico Family Pass logo featuring images from the collections of New Mexico museums and historical sites

The library also lends several non-traditional items:

  • Kill-A-Watt meters are devices given to the library by PNM that residents can use to determine the amount of power each of their appliances uses.
  • FamilyPass allows up to six people free admission to 15 different New Mexico state museums and historic sites. FamilyPasses check out for three weeks at a time.
  • Internet hotspots allow you to connect to the internet wirelessly. They emit a wifi signal that several devices can use to connect. Hotspots can be checked out for one week at a time. You may download and view the wi-fi hotspot agreement and guidelines here: HotspotAgreement (PDF, 276KB)
  • Two Amazon Kindle Keyboard e-readers are available to borrow for e-book reading. The devices are pre-loaded with titles. Users may also use the device web browser to download free e-books from The adjustable text size makes e-readers great for anyone who prefers large print! The device lending program is an opportunity to try out basic e-readers for free. You may download and view the e-reader agreement and guidelines here: E-reader Agreement (PDF, 227KB)

The Grant County Seed Library is also available! Community members donate seeds from plants they have grown. Others borrow the seeds, plant them, then donate some seeds from their crop back to the seed library. The seed library goal is two-fold: to encourage community members to grow food more, and to develop a source for healthy seeds that are well-adapted to our region. The seed library is a project sponsored by the The Commons, High Desert Organic Gardeners, and the Silver City Food Co-op.

Free, out-of-copyright media downloads

Project Gutenberg “Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.”

International Children’s Digital Library Access to children’s e-books in dozens of different languages for free. “The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.”

HathiTrust Digital Library Online books and other reading material scanned by libraries around the world.

Internet Archive ebooks and texts Over 3 million items, including Open Library ebooks

Finding good reads:

WorldCat Search this site to find books, videos, and many other items from libraries all over the world. For each item you can see which libraries nearby have it.

Accelerated Reader Book Finder This is an online tool to help you search for books at the accelerated reader level you need.

Kent District Library “What’s Next” Database of book series–figure out what order a series is in, and what series each author has written.

Stop, You’re Killing Me! Site for finding mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. Listings by author, character, series. Over 4700 authors listed.

Mystery Readers International The largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world. Members choose the winners of the Macavity Award, and the organization publishes Mystery Readers Journal.

Fantastic Fiction Search books, authors, series, years, countries, awards…

Library of Congress Check their catalog to get good citations for millions of items, and explore their online exhibits and historical images.

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder App “Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States!”

Whichbook Adjust the sliders to choose the preferred attributes for your next read. Happy or sad? Safe or disturbing? Conventional or unusual? You can also select character attributes, plot type, or location of the story. The tool will give you a list of books that might appeal to you.