Belen Public Library, serving an area of 12,600 residents, has a collection of 42,000 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 100 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 720 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 6 employees, including one fully accredited librarian, plus volunteers. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $18,000. Patrons make 54,000 visits annually, and check out materials 58,000 times. Thirty-three percent of all check-outs are children's materials.