Research/Collection Assistance

BHC does provide research/collection assistance both remotely and in-person. There is no fee for research, however, any copies requested from staff are $1.00 per page (whether print or digital). A $3.00 postage fee will be applied to one's total cost when requesting hard copies be mailed. Unfortunately, due to limited staff time, extensive research is unavailable. Staff, however, are able to meet with you one on one to go over our collections on site and provide research tips. Please feel free to contact staff with your inquiry for further information and guidance. 


Microfilm/fiche Readers

As mentioned in our About page, BHC holds a variety of newspapers and other serials on microfilm, however, the readers are available for public use as well. You are more than welcome to bring your own film/fiche (e.g. military discharge records). There is no cost for using the readers but printing is 20 cents a page. Our readers not only enable you to view film/fiche, but one is able to scan and save, email, or print its content as well. We highly recommend bringing a USB on your visit to make saving and printing much easier.


Photograph/Document Duplication Services 

Digital scans of collection photographs, architectural drawings, and other archival materials are available at an associated cost. Total cost for reproductions is entirely dependent on multiple factors.

  • Number of items requested
  • Resolution size requested
  • Use of materials (e.g. commercial, publication)
  • Non-profit status

Please contact us to request a copy of the library's reproduction request form(s) to view fees and terms and conditions.



All copy, duplication fees must be paid in advance. Once payment is received, your copies will be emailed/mailed to you. Acceptable forms of payment are checks, money orders, credit/debit cards, and cash. Please make checks and money orders payable to the El Paso Public Library and include your date of birth and driver's license number on checks. Checks and money orders must be mailed to the address found below and to the attention of the Border Heritage Center.

Mailing address: 9321 Alameda Ave., El Paso, TX 79907.

Credit/debit card payments may be made online via the library's SmartPay application. An El Paso Public Library card is needed. If choosing to pay online, and you don't have a library card, please contact BHC for further information and instructions.