Ruidoso Public Library, serving an area of 14,700 residents, has a collection of 54,000 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 3,300 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials. 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 $38,000. Patrons make 15,400 visits annually, and check out materials 72,000 times. Twenty-five percent of all check-outs are children's materials.