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Annual ReportsAnnual Reports<i class="fas fa-file-alt"></i> Phoenix Public Library is more than a warehouse for books! Our mission is focused on what we can do for and with people in our communities. We are a cornerstone that supports early literacy, education, entrepreneurship, empowerment, and engagement.<div class="ExternalClass0308FE3CF2EE46A2A24D2D0D9D393750"><p>​Your Phoenix Public Library is more than a warehouse for books! Our mission is focused on what we can do for and with people in our communities. We are a cornerstone that supports early literacy, education, entrepreneurship, empowerment, and engagement. Take a look at a highlight of our accomplishments throughout recent years.<br><br></p></div>annual-reports
Library Advisory BoardLibrary Advisory Board<i class="fa-solid fa-people-group"></i> about the Phoenix Public Library Advisory Board.<div class="ExternalClassB3BF4816C2964FFA92B221D5932D2A76"><h4>The Phoenix Public Library Advisory Board, consists of seven members, each serving a staggered three-year term. Members are nominated by the Mayor of Phoenix and appointed by the Phoenix City Council. The Library Advisory Board serves in an advisory role, providing information and making recommendations to the Phoenix City Librarian, Mayor and City Council on matters of library-related public concern.</h4><h4>Current Phoenix Public Library Advisory Board members:</h4><p>Abraham James, Chair</p><p>Brenda Thomson, Vice Chair</p><p>Kathleen Ingley</p><p>Adam McAnally</p><p>Dominique Medina</p><p>Anne Thorne</p><p> <br></p><h4>Visit <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable" data-safelink="true" data-linkindex="0">City of Phoenix Boards and Commissions</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable" data-safelink="true" data-linkindex="1">Library Advisory Board</a> to learn more.</h4><h4>Visit <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable" data-safelink="true" data-linkindex="2">City of Phoenix Public Meeting Notices</a> for Library Advisory Board meeting postings.​</h4><p>​</p></div>library-advisory-board
Library UpdatesLibrary Updates<i class="fas fa-thumbtack"></i> up-to-date with what's going on at Phoenix Public Library.<div class="ExternalClassD9444D0CA5694EB38CD6192A910CFE43"><h2><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 2">Stay up-to-date with what's going on at Phoenix Public Library.</span></span></h2><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 2"></span></span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><div><h3><span role="presentation"><span aria-busy="true" role="progressbar" title="Inserting Picture..."><span unselectable="on" aria-hidden="true">​</span></span></span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Retirement of Phoenix City Librarian</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br>Monday, March 18, 2024</span></h3></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Rita Hamilton, Phoenix City Librarian has officially announced her retirement in April after serving Phoenix as City Librarian for 13 years.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Rita has dedicated her entire career to providing quality library services to the public. As Phoenix City Librarian, Rita has continuously focused on improving library services and resources through automation, growth and incorporating advancing technologies. Rita has held various positions in the library profession for almost 50 years. She developed her knowledge and experience through an extensive career of high-profile projects with Pima County Library, Nashville Public Library, and Scottsdale Public Library before her appointment as Phoenix City Librarian in 2011. As Phoenix City Librarian she has directed all library operations at Burton Barr Central Library and 16 branch libraries providing specialized library services College Depot, StartUp PHX, and PHXWorks.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">“This is not a decision I have made lightly; I have been in the library world for some time, beginning as a student volunteer at my high school library,” said Rita Hamilton. “It has been my great honor to be part of many of Phoenix Public Library’s achievements; especially serving the young readers, families, life-long learners and all those that look to the library for life improving information and resources. I am privileged to have worked alongside the dedicated library staff, fellow City of Phoenix departments, and partner with a wonderful cadre of library stakeholders throughout our community. I am excited to see how Phoenix Public Library will continue to embrace new initiatives, build new libraries, and rise to meet the needs of our communities.”</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">"I want to first thank Rita for her leadership these past 13 years in her role as the City Librarian, as well as recognize the positive partnerships that have been developed during her tenure, including the Public Health efforts that were successful as a result of the Phoenix Public Library Team," said Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “Effective March 18, 2024, I have asked Mitch Menchaca to help with the transition as the Interim City Librarian while we conduct a national recruitment that will include both internal and external candidates.”</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">City of Phoenix and Phoenix Public Library wish Rita a happy and well-deserved retirement. Rita’s retirement is effective April 5, 2024, allowing for a seamless transition with interim City Librarian, Phoenix Arts & Culture Director Mitch Menchaca. The City of Phoenix will conduct a recruitment for the next leader in a new chapter of the 125-year Phoenix Public Library story.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div><p>​<br></p></div>library-updates
Phoenix Public Library MilestonesPhoenix Public Library Milestones<i class="fas fa-history"></i> 1897, Phoenix Public Library has served the growing communities of this southwestern metropolis. Discover the milestones in our historical timeline.<div class="ExternalClass8B9ED522D8AC41EAACCC737C5F8BFFA7"><div class="table-responsive"><table class="table table-hover table-stripe"><thead role="rowgroup"><tr role="row"><th role="columnheader" scope="col" class="w-25">Date </th><th role="columnheader" scope="col">​Event </th></tr></thead><tbody role="rowgroup"><tr role="row"><td role="cell">November 1897</td><td role="cell">Fourteen wome​n organize the Friday Club to start a public library.​</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">June 21, 1898</td><td role="cell">Friday Club opens first Phoenix Public Library in the Fleming Building at Washington and First Avenue.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">September 16, 1899</td><td role="cell">Phoenix Library moves from the Fleming Building to City Hall.​​</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">March 29, 1901</td><td role="cell">First library board of trustees appointed by the Phoenix City Council.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">​March 3, 1902</td><td role="cell">City Council levies annual tax to support the library.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">​January 1904</td><td role="cell">Andrew Carnegie gives $25,000 to Phoenix for a library building.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">February 14, 1908</td><td role="cell">Carnegie Library at 1101 W. Washington St. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">May 17, 1917</td><td role="cell">First library is established at Second and Washington streets.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">January 16, 1940</td><td role="cell">Mae Bartlett Heard donates eight acres at Central Avenue and McDowell Road for a civic center to contain a central library, art museum and auditorium.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">September 11, 1950</td><td role="cell">​Harmon Library at 411 W. Yavapai St. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">​August 2, 1952</td><td role="cell">Carnegie Library closed after 44 years of service.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">March 1, 1953</td><td role="cell">Central Library at Central Avenue and McDowell Road dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">1954</td><td role="cell">Phoenix resident Alfred Knight loans his extensive collection of 3,000 rare books to the library with the understanding that it will become Phoenix Public Library property upon his death.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">October 4, 1964</td><td role="cell">Saguaro Library at 2804 N. 46th St. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">April 26, 1966</td><td role="cell">Palo Verde Library at 4402 N. 51st Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">​August 23, 1967</td><td role="cell">​Ocotillo Library at 102 W. Southern Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">​January 5, 1969</td><td role="cell">​Acacia Library at 750 E. Townley dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">June 5, 1969</td><td role="cell">Yucca Library at 5648 N. 15th Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">​December 16, 1973</td><td role="cell">​Century Library at 1740 E. Highland Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">May 7, 1977</td><td role="cell">Cholla Library at 10050 Metro Parkway East dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">October 21, 1982</td><td role="cell">Mesquite Library at 4525 Paradise Village Parkway dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">July 14, 1990</td><td role="cell">Expanded Cholla Library opens at same location.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">October 26, 1991</td><td role="cell">Ironwood Library at 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">May 20, 1995</td><td role="cell">New Central Library at 1221 N. Central Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">July 13, 1996</td><td role="cell">Juniper Library at 1825 W. Union Hills Road dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">​July 19, 1997</td><td role="cell">Desert Sage Library at 7602 W. Encanto Blvd. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">February 26, 2005</td><td role="cell">Desert Broom Library at 29710 N. Cave Creek Road dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">January 28, 2006</td><td role="cell">New Palo Verde Library opens at same location.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">June 7, 2008</td><td role="cell">New Saguaro Library opens at same location.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">​June 5, 2009</td><td role="cell">Agave Library at 23550 N. 36th Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">September 12, 2009</td><td role="cell">New Harmon Library at 1325 S. 5th Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr role="row"><td role="cell">September 24, 2011</td><td role="cell">South Mountain Community Library at 7050 S. 24th St. dedicated.​</td></tr></tbody></table></div>​<br></div>history
PoliciesPolicies<i class="fas fa-list-ul"></i><div class="ExternalClass5240579EBBBB435482421131330178D7"><p>​Phoenix Public Library has a number of policies in place to provide the community with the best service possible.<br></p></div>policies
Press RoomPress Room<i class="fas fa-newspaper"></i> contacts and Phoenix Public Library News.<div class="ExternalClass5817191C8ACB48938D897E36EC133F0C"><h3>​​Members of the Media</h3><p>To learn more about Phoenix Public Library programs, services, resources and events and/or talk to a library spokesperson, please contact:</p><p>Lee Franklin<br>Community Relations Manager<br><a href="">​</a><br>602-534-2025 (desk)<br>602-769-4450 (cell)<br></p></div>press-room
State of the LibraryState of the Library<i class="fas fa-file-alt"></i> Public Library provides an essential support system with one of the greatest empowerment gifts of all: free access to trustworthy information.<div class="ExternalClass6C42CAA86C234673A497817F601FF246"><p>​Phoenix Public Library (PPL) a system of libraries comprised of central Phoenix’s flagship, Burton Barr Central Library (BBCL) and 16 branch locations, provides greater Phoenix communities and individuals an essential support system with one of the greatest empowerment gifts of all:  free access to trustworthy information. A reliable entrée to knowledge platforms, cultural experiences, career and college readiness, entrepreneurial expertise and resources that champion lifelong learning for all, throughout every stage of life…and all accompanied with the personalized expertise of a librarian, is what communities throughout greater Phoenix find at Phoenix Public Library. Circulating over 10 million library items a year provides the foundation of Phoenix Public Library’s service delivery and enables the library system to offer more than 1,000 life-changing and entertaining services, programs and workshops for kids, teens, families and adults every month.</p><h3>Read through the highlights as presented by Rita Hamilton, Phoenix Public Library City Librarian.<br></h3></div>state-library
Strategic PlanStrategic Plan<i class="fas fa-scroll"></i> about Phoenix Public Library's 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.<div class="ExternalClassAAD2E7321CAB4E02B5B80D3BE6C3E5DB"><p>​It is my pleasure to present an outline of Phoenix Public Library's 2019-23 Strategic Plan!</p><p>In 2018, a team of Phoenix Public Library staff began the process of constructing the latest version of Phoenix Public Library’s Strategic Plan. Over the course of a year, we gathered feedback from library staff, customers, and stakeholders including multiple customer and stakeholder surveys, customer focus groups, staff group exercises, and interviews and planning meetings with Library management.</p><p>In this next chapter - our Strategic Plan 2019-2023 - we hope to expand our strengths and guide our work for the next four years. Phoenix Public Library has something for everyone…providing a platform for people to come together as a community and build a collection of ideas. Access means opportunity, and by expanding upon the hands-on expertise and guidance in early literacy, STE/AM, entrepreneurial, college access, job access/career enhancement, and engaging family friendly programs and resources our customers have come to expect from us; we hope to be part of empowering all members of our community to change or improve their lives. We are committed to our identified four strategic directions: “Enrich and Entertain”, “Increase Access”, “Build a Stronger Community”, and “Work Smarter”, while also prioritizing traditional library services.</p><p>Thank you for your continued support and patronage of Phoenix Public Library. I invite you to continue to provide us feedback and suggestions related to our Strategic Plan through our “Ask Us” tool and submit a comment or suggestion. Phoenix Public Library looks forward to continuing to be a valuable asset you rely upon.</p><p>Rita Hamilton<br>City Librarian<br></p><h3>​Help us by providing feedback</h3><p><a href="/services/ask-us">I invite you to continue to provide us feedback and suggestions related to our Strategic Plan through our "Ask Us" tool​</a>. Phoenix Public Library looks forward to continuing to be a valuable asset on which you rely.​<br></p></div>strategic-plan
Support the LibrarySupport the Library<div class="ExternalClass32459EFABDBB43F7893CE05DEEDB9350"><div><h2>​Learn how to support Phoenix Public Library with a donation, by working with us or by volunteering your time.<br></h2></div></div>support-library
eNewsletterseNewsletters<i class="fas fa-envelope-open-text"></i> a look at our current and past monthly eNewsletters.<div class="ExternalClass68BA7F2156774C8FB65B4C996C03BF2D"><h4>Take a look at our current and past monthly eNewsletters.​</h4><p>​<br>Phoenix Public Library would like to keep you informed about matters of interest to you!<br></p><p>If you are not already getting the eNewsletter and would like to, please subscribe to the eNewsletter by scrolling down to "Subscribe to the eNewsletter!" below.<br></p><p><strong>Please note:</strong> Phoenix Public Library sends eNewsletters out at the end of each month to cardholders with email selected as a notification method. <a href="" target="_blank">If you are a cardholder and would like to change the method of all your notifications, log into My Account to update your preferences.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>enewsletters