Northwest Library
The Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library

 About Us

The library is an academic/public library located on the campus of El Paso Community College's Northwest Campus in El Paso, Texas. It was formed in 2003 by an inter-local agreement between the El Paso Community College and the City of El Paso.

The college/city partnership library, located in Canutillo, Texas, has honored Jenna Welch and her daughter Laura Bush by renaming it the Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library in 2005. The mother and daughter have visited the library sharing their love of books and family reading.


  • Provide collections, technologies, and instructional services for EPCC students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Provide services, programming and collections for children and youth through the partnership.
  • Identify new technologies to enhance classroom instruction and improve the quality of services offered to all library users.
  • Maintain friendly, knowledgeable bilingual staff to provide individualized, timely service.
  • Maintain welcoming, learning environment with up-to-date technology.

 The Collections

Classification Systems in Use


  • Adult and young adult collections are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification scheme, reflecting the academic aspects of the library
  • Children's materials are arranged alphabetically by author


Books (print and e-books)

For the general public, students of all ages, teens and children, as well as materials to support the college curriculum - many in Spanish or bilingual



  • More than 80 titles of popular magazines and newspapers are available for leisure reading


Online Catalog, Databases & Internet

  • From the Northwest Community Library home page, users have both on site and remote access to the online catalog, which includes the collections of all campuses of El Paso Community College, and access to various websites with annotations
  • More than 80 subscription databases, many providing full-text with graphics

 Mission Statement

The Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library, El Paso Community College, Northwest Campus is an academic library partnering with the El Paso Public Library to provide family, youth and children’s services. The library provides instruction, service, access to informational resources that enhance educational growth and personal enrichment.

 Service Community: Something for Everyone

College Students & Faculty

  • Full range of quality academic library and information services
  • Expanded resources and instruction to support the college curriculum
  • Orientation classroom equipped with 35 computers
  • Conference room
  • Quiet study areas and group study rooms



  • Materials in a variety of formats for children
  • Programming: Story times and special occasion events.

Young Adults

  • Homework help
  • Quiet study areas and group study rooms
  • Teen Hangout program

 Library Instruction

One of the library's primary goals is to establish a program of Information Literacy for lifelong learning by teaching library users to:

  • Recognize and define information needs.
  • Develop research skills for locating relevant information efficiently.
  • Critically evaluate information and its sources.
  • Use information effectively, responsible and ethically

Study & Meeting Rooms

  • Multipurpose room for conference meeting seats 80 people
  • 6 study rooms equipped with desktop computer, headphones and microphones.
  • Small conferencing room -- seats 10.
  • One orientation room with 35 computers with headphones, microphones and SMART technologies such as an interactive whiteboard and multimedia cart.
  • Quiet reading room - seats about 40.

A Learning Environment For All Ages

  • The library's resources, programs, floor plan and furnishings were developed to provide an atmosphere conducive to study and learning, including quiet areas and study rooms.
  • The public area includes 39 computers for general use, including some equipped with educational software for children.
  • The library is open to the public a total of 64 hours per week, including evenings and Saturdays.

 Resource Sharing

Collaboration for Expanded Access

As an academic/public library partnership, Northwest Community Library offers its users access to an outstanding base of shared resources from the El Paso Community College, TexShare, and the El Paso Public Library.

Send comments to Rachel Murphree at

Northwest Community Library/Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library
6701 S. Desert Blvd. El Paso, TX 79932 (915) 831-8840

The El Paso Community College Northwest Library does not control the content posted on web sites to which it provides links and as such does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such content. The EPCC Northwest Library does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, services, products or other materials on or available from such sites or resources.

 Partnership News

At the White House

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Head librarian Monica Wong was invited to visit the White House to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. June 2008 Tejano Tribune article describes their visit.

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