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Collections

The numerous collections within the E.L.I.N. consortium are as varied as the libraries themselves. Of the six libraries, four are public libraries who use the Dewey Decimal System to catalog their books and two are academic and use the Library of Congress System. While the two academic libraries, NMJC’s Pannell Library and USW’s Scarborough Memorial Library, focus on providing resources for college students, they welcome members of the community to utilize their collections just like their public library counterparts.

All of the consortium-member libraries have something special to offer. Lovington Public Library houses a rich children’s book collection that contributes to their special summer reading program, while Woolworth Community Library in Jal has a very special collection revolving around golf legend and former Jal resident, Kathy Whitworth. Scarborough Memorial Library and Eunice Public Library each host unique Southwest collections containing both books and antiquities harkening back to Lea County’s early days. Hobbs Public Library features a Southwest collection with one of the largest troves of local-area material in the county. NMJC’s Pannell Library also serves as a government document depository, which means they provide local, free access to information from the Federal government in print and electronic formats.

MicroFiche

The Hobbs Public Library owns microfilmed copies of back issues of the local newspapers, Hobbs News-Sun and Hobbs Flare.  Patrons may view, and print articles from issues dating back to 1930 for Hobbs News-Sun and 1948-1998 for Hobbs Flare, by using the library's microfilm reader/printer.  If patrons know the exact date that a particular article appeared in a paper, they may contact the library and request to have the article copied, scanned and e-mailed to them.

Library Cards

Library cards are free.  However, there is a $5.00 fee to replace a lost card.  Must have a valid ID and provide proof of residency.  Your Estacado Library Information Network (ELIN) card may be used at any ELIN member library.

Placing a Hold, Renewing, Returning and Overdues

$2.00 fee will be charged for ELIN Loans which are requested and not picked up.

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