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March 21, 2022 21, 2022200<div class="ExternalClass33B87FBE336B4C35B7AD3A31B3D8B775"><p>Wearing a mask when visiting a Phoenix Public Library location is now optional. <br></p><p>As of February 28, 2022, Maricopa County is at a medium risk level, so effective immediately, a face mask will not be required for most City employees working in departments other than Aviation and Public Transit, as those departments must continue to adhere to other federal requirements. <br> <br><a href="">Learn more</a>. <br><br>Additionally, effective March 21, 2022, South Mountain Community Library is no longer requiring masks in order to be inside the facility.<br></p></div>
January 31, 2022 31, 2022196<div class="ExternalClass952ACB37E1944C378F6A9A15F29E9D12"><p>In-Building Visit reservations are no longer being taken and are no longer an option. <a href="/locations" target="_blank">Please visit us during open hours</a> whenever you like! ​</p></div>
July 28, 2021 28, 2021171<div class="ExternalClass01D6764597EB4F95BBEAF88CCD7FD5CF"><p>​The City of Phoenix is updating its face covering policy to reflect recent changes by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, the City Manager will once again require face coverings in all City of Phoenix facilities (including Phoenix Public Library locations) regardless of vaccination status.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.​<br></p></div>
June 17, 2021 17, 2021155<div class="ExternalClass0A9A5CF6FD524586865F0C5EEA07532C"><p>Phoenix Public Library Is Expanding Hours!</p><p>Beginning Monday, June 21 Phoenix Public Library will be suspending curbside service and returning to all in-building service at 16 of its locations with new, expanded hours (South Mountain Community Library remains closed at this time).</p><p>Come visit your favorite library location during our expanded Summer schedule to browse the shelves, pick up a hold, check out a laptop or WiFi hotspot, use a computer or convert your eCard to a full-service library card.</p><p>Phoenix Public Library’s new, expanded in-building service hours are:  </p><h4>Burton Barr</h4><p><strong>Mon, Fri, Sat</strong> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br> <strong>Tue, Wed, Thur</strong> 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br> <strong>Sun</strong> 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.<br></p><h4>Agave, Cesar Chavez, Cholla, Desert Broom, Ironwood, Juniper, Mesquite, Palo Verde, Saguaro, Yucca</h4><p><strong>Mon, Fri, Sat</strong> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br> <strong>Tue, Wed, Thur</strong> 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br></p><h4>Acacia, Century, Desert Sage, Harmon, Ocotillo</h4><p><strong>Mon, Fri, Sat</strong> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br> <strong>Tue, Wed, Thur</strong> 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br></p><p>Masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated people. For more information about the latest City of Phoenix mask update visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.​</p>​<br></div>
April 7, 2021 7, 202192<div class="ExternalClassEB36A52A0CF1408898C6C2F87EDE7882"><p>After more than a year of COVID-19 related restrictions, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, Phoenix Mayor Gallego and Phoenix City Council approved our plan to restore In-Building Visits; allowing for our communities to access select library services in designated library facilities. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Phoenix Public Library has focused on equal priorities: maintaining customer, staff, and community's safety while offering you the most access possible to library resources and services. It is with a continued emphasis on these two priorities that our phased restoration of In-Building Visits, for an initial select group of library locations, going into effect on Monday, April 19 will include:</p><ul><li>Each facility offering In-Building Visits will be limited to 25% of the permitted public spaces occupancy level.</li></ul><ul><li> <strong>All In-Building Visits</strong> will require a 45-minute reservation, face coverings and social distancing. </li><li> <strong style="color:#cc0000;">Beginning Friday, April 16</strong> advance reservations can be made at select locations up to three (3) days prior via or through the Library's Call Center at 602-262-4636.</li><li> <strong style="color:#cc0000;">Beginning Monday, April 19</strong> drop-in customers may request a reservation at the door as available. Each facility's occupancy allowance will have a designated number dedicated to accommodating drop-in customers.</li><li>Reservations can be made up to three (3) days prior via or through the Library's Call Center (602-262-4636). </li><li>Drop-in customers may request a reservation at the door as available. Each facility's occupancy allowance will have a designated number dedicated to accommodating drop-in customers.</li><li>Mondays through Saturdays, current Curbside Service will continue every morning, 9:30 a.m. to noon.</li><li>Mondays through Saturdays, In-Building Visits will be offered through 45-minute reservations, which will start on the half hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. and final appointment at 4:30 p.m., with the library closing at 5:30 p.m.</li><li>In addition to Curbside Service, and the round-the-clock access you have to virtual library resources, programs, materials, and expertise, customers making a reservation for an In-Building Visit will be able to access select services inside a library facility such as:</li><ul><li>use a computer or the internet</li><li>browse the library collection</li><li>use a printer, scanner, or copier</li><li>pick up holds</li><li>check out materials</li><li>check out a laptop and/or WiFi hotspot</li></ul></ul><p>Restoration of In-Building Visits will roll out in three separate library location groupings:</p><p> <strong>Group 1 (Monday, April 19)</strong></p><p>Burton Barr Central Library<br>Agave Library<br>Cesar Chavez Library<br>Cholla Library<br>Desert Broom Library<br>Ironwood Library<br>Mesquite Library<br>Palo Verde Library</p><p> <strong>Group 2* (Monday, May 3)</strong></p><p>Desert Sage Library<br>Harmon Library<br>Juniper Library<br>Saguaro Library</p><p> <strong>Group 3* (Monday, May 17)</strong></p><p>Acacia Library<br>Century Library<br>Ocotillo Library<br>Yucca Library</p><p>*Library location groups 2 & 3 will continue with current Curbside Service hours until they transition.</p><p>For specific schedules, hours of operation, health and safety measure efforts and complete details are available at In-Building Visits.</p><p>On behalf of Phoenix Public Library, our profound thanks to you for your patience and continued support as we navigate through an unprecedented time. We look forward to resuming safe visits inside our libraries. Please check regularly as we continue to innovatively adapt how we provide library services to the community.</p>​<br></div>
January 2, 2021 2, 202182<div class="ExternalClassD670E0855BE64F21B2EB2657672D2906"><p>I hope that you and yours have had a safe, comfortable and enjoyable holiday season. In 2020, Phoenix Public Library made significant changes to our business model in order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we greet a new year, many of the adjustments we made remain in place. </p><p>Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff, customers and communities; while still providing steady access to library resources. However as we put 2020 behind us Phoenix Public Library is looking forward to welcoming 2021 with hope; and a continued focus on being inventive in how we can expand your access to library services. </p><p>You can continue to count on the thousands of resources available through and book drops (24/7), 6-days-a-week Curbside Service at 16 locations (South Mountain Community Library and book drop remains closed), Online Programs for all ages, Kids’ Café service, FreePublic WiFi​ (7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) at 16 of our locations, and Mobile Printing​ at select locations; with more to come in the new year. <br></p><p>On behalf of Phoenix Public Library, I offer heartfelt thanks for the continued support and patronage of our customers and communities. We look forward to continuing to discover ways in which to maximize our library offerings to you. Please stay safe and well and best wishes for a meaningful 2021. </p><p>Phoenix City Librarian, <br>Rita Hamilton</p></div>
December 1, 2020 1, 202052<div class="ExternalClass30F0BB9A14914C348B8A02799BA33DB7"><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">December is traditionally a month which inspires celebrations, spending time with loved ones, getting into the winter holiday spirit. Phoenix Public Library remains committed to offering services and resources in support of staying close to home while still enjoying 2020’s holiday season.  </span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Cozy at H​ome</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4"> is our theme for December! Visit our </span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Curbside Service</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4"> page to explore library-to-go options, or access thousands of holiday inspired options through </span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">phoenixpubliclibrary.​org</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">… movies and videos can be found through </span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Kanopy</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">, discover a delicious holiday treat with </span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">AtoZ World Food</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">, celebrate the season by streaming a festive playlist on </span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Fre​egal</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">, we have something for everyone. </span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">For the winter and beginning Tuesday, December 8 Phoenix Public Library will be adjusting evening Curbside Service hours to 3:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Visit our </span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Curbside Service</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4"> page on for current hours and locations. </span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div></div>
September 30, 2020 30, 2020 53<div class="ExternalClassCA90747885F2417EA3AD6584F186A93B"><p>Beginning Tuesday, October 6 we will be adjusting evening curbside hours to 4-6 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please visit our Curbside Service page on for current hours and locations.</p><p>Do you have people in your life who need to sign up for a library card? Now more than ever, a Phoenix Public Library card is a valuable link to books, entertainment, online classes and more. Refer your friends and family to throughout October and connect them to their very own "Amazing Library Card"!</p><p>Like most things in 2020 our annual Amazing Library Card campaign will look somewhat different this fall. Starting in October, we will be offering a new feature -- library staff will be available for virtual visits to classrooms and community organizations. If you would like to schedule a visit, please fill out the Virtual Outreach Program Request form to customize the visit to your group's specific needs.</p><p>As part of our commitment to supporting students and families we are excited to announce a new resource for Phoenix Public Library customers...Scholastic Teachables is now available on our website. Providing about 25,000 teacher created printable materials, Scholastic has everything from printable mini-books, seasonal focused materials, how-tos for writing book reports, to test prep. Whether it's kindergarten readiness, online class, homeschooling or extra skills practice this database provides tens of thousands of searchable educational materials; all by subject, grade level, standard, type of resource, keyword and more. It's as easy as: learn.</p><p>Thank you for all of your support of Phoenix Public Library as our staff continue to provide our services in new and creative ways.</p>​<br></div>
September 4, 2020 4, 2020 54<div class="ExternalClass0C971418CCA749309CB003067F29116B"><h3>​Find Your Library in Your Place… </h3><p> Ordinarily we would encourage you to find your place at the library by visiting one of our loca​tion​​s, attending a library program or simply browsing our shelves for your next read. For the time being, as we prioritize the health and safety of our staff, customers and communities, we are pleased to provide opportunities for you to experience Phoenix Public Library in a new way and find your library in your place!</p><h3> Curbside Service and Library To-Go</h3><p> Reserve your items then drive, walk or bike to your designated location once notified your items are ready for pick up! Not sure what to read next? No worries! Ask about our Library To-Go bundles that are available for pick up at Curbside Service. No holds needed!< </p><h3> Visit us online!</h3><p> Explore our catalog and access eBooks, digital magazines, newspapers and comic books, streaming music and movies…place holds to pick up at Curbside Service…manage your account…all can be done at your fingertips 24 hours/7 days a week (and free!) by visiting</p><p> Join us for an online program! Dive int​o a wide range of online classes and virtual workshops, all from the comfort of home. Our staff have been able to create an almost complete "redesign" of several of our special services such as Storytime, Kindergarten Bootcamp, virtual one-on-one mentoring for college bound students, help with creating a winning resume and building job interview skills, virtual book clubs, launch a s​mall busi​ness with more added regularly.<br></p><p> Visit the Online Programs page for our latest offerings.</p><h3> Let’s be social!</h3><p> Be among the first to know about library happenings and new online programs. Make sure that your email address is current in your library account to receive our monthl​y eNewsletter. Follow Phoenix Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.<br></p></div>
June 30, 2020 30, 2020 55<div class="ExternalClass5920A4E544944BD6BF824F9DF816666E"><p>At this time, Phoenix Public Library continues to remain closed to in-building visits in order to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our community and staff safe during our ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic. We remain committed to each of you and focus on being inventive in how we continue to respond as your library to the ever changing circumstances in front of us.</p><h3>Curbside Service</h3><p>While we are not able to welcome visitors to library services inside our facilities, we are able to welcome our library users through: Curbside Service - since launching Curbside Service and re-opening our book drops (with the exception of South Mountain Community Library which remains closed) in May, we continue to see a steady increase in the number of customers utilizing this service by checking out more materials! For parents with kids and looking for good children's reading materials, be sure to ask about our "Children's Book Bundles". Our librarians have bundles of picture and board books available for children who are not reading yet and popular beginner and chapter books for children who are starting to read. All you need to do is request a bundle when picking up your holds. Our Curbside Service hours have expanded and you may now visit us at one of 16 locations to pick up library materials:</p><p>Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon <br>Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m.</p><h3>Kids Café</h3><p>Ten Phoenix Public Library locations now offer Kids Café as part of our ongoing partnership with St. Mary's Foodbank Alliance. Families are able to pick up free "grab and go" breakfast and lunch meals for children Mondays through Fridays.</p><h3>"Imagine Your Story"</h3><p>Summer Reading Program is a summer tradition you can still count on with Phoenix Public Library. The online Summer Reading Game remains the same as previous years and take-home gameboards for kids are still available. And if you're missing Summer Reading programs and performances, this year, we're bringing them to you in your space. Visit our "Imagine Your Story" Summer Reading page and discover how you can participate, virtually attend a featured online performance, participate in a virtual book club discussion, track your progress and more.</p><h3>Online Programs</h3><p>Our librarians have been able to create an almost complete "redesign" of several of our critical services. We are offering a robust selection of online programs such as "Storytimes Online," "Tools for School," "Babytime with Sign Online," "STEAM DIY," "Just Read One Book | One Phoenix Online Bookclub," with more to be added. Be sure to keep up on our online events: Follow us on Twitter, - follow us on Instagram at - and "like us" on Facebook at</p><h3>College Depot </h3><p>In our previous "ordinary times", planning for continuing education and deciding which options fit best could be a little challenging to navigate. With our "normal for now", planning for pursuing more education shouldn't stop. College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is still available to offer assistance with college planning, help with applying for financial aid and scholarships and offering guidance and resources…all remotely. Visit College Depot's site or call 602-261-8847 to schedule a one-on-one remote appointment.</p><p>These programs and services are by no means the only list of how Phoenix Public Library remains open available to you. Please visit our website to learn more about how to check out eBooks and more, access movies and music, take an online course, research a favorite topic, or reach out to us through our Call Center or Ask Us feature. Thank you for adapting with us to the needs of the times and please stay safe and well.</p> ​<br></div>
June 25, 2020 25, 2020 56<div class="ExternalClass50B6E2ECA3644FC19C7F1CE7412EA5A0"><p>On May 18th, Phoenix Public Library implemented Phase I of a reopening plan which allows customers to place new holds on physical materials and pick them up via Curbside Service at all Phoenix Public Library locations, except South Mountain Community Library (SMCL). Current items on hold at SMCL will be available at Ocotillo Library (102 W. Southern Ave.) for pick up.</p><p>After receiving notice that item(s) are available, customers will drive to their pick up library location during Curbside Service hours, and follow posted instructions.</p><h3>How It Works:</h3><p>Customers do not need to call ahead or book an appointment.</p><p>Be sure to bring your cell phone and library card or account number (located along the bottom of the bar code on the back of your card) with you.</p><p>Upon arrival follow posted instructions: Please wait in your car; Call the posted phone number and have your library card number ready.; Library staff will checkout your item(s) and deliver them to the trunk or rear of your vehicle; To access online resources, place a hold or stay updated on Phoenix Public Library services visit or call 602-262-4636, Monday, Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.;​ To reduce the spread of COVID-19, wear a face covering and practice appropriate social distancing at all times.</p></div>
May 8, 2020 8, 202057<div class="ExternalClass7FADA2C331BF490C927C6743B873B105"><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">Beginning 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9 book drops will be open to the public at all Phoenix Public Library locations except South Mountain Community Library.  Due to COVID-19 safety measures, customers may experience a 3-5 day delay before returns are reflected their accounts.  We appreciate your patience as we implement this new service model. For more information please visit our website or call 602-262-4636 between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F. Check back often for further service updates.</span></span>​​</p></div>
May 1, 2020 1, 202058<div class="ExternalClass9DF4625506514664B59497C04942ADBA"><p>Hello Phoenix Public Library Community,</p><p>I hope this finds you well; especially as our temperature​s are now in the triple digits and we are officially headed into another Phoenix summer. I would like to again extend Phoenix Public Library’s thanks for your support and continued patience as we work through the ongoing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.</p><p>Arizona Governor Ducey announced this week that Arizona’s “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” executive order will be extended until May 15th. Even with some limited loosening of the restrictions on the operation of nonessential businesses, Phoenix Public Library’s current status is that our book drops and locations will remain closed to in-person services. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority and we are working with City of Phoenix leadership on plans for a phased return to normal provision of city services when that is det​ermined to be safe.</p><p>As soon as we have an update for our phased re-opening, we will be sure to make multiple announcements on Phoenix Public Library Updates, and our social media channels, (Phoenix Public Library Facebook, Phoenix Public Library Twitter, Phoenix Public Library Instagram, ) as well as reaching out to you via email. Until we are able to open our doors and interact with you in person, please continue to enjoy the services we have been able to provide online; such as launching online early literacy and STEM programs, and expanding your access to thousands of our eRes​ources.<br></p></div>
April 2, 2020 2, 202059<div class="ExternalClassAD0F91C26B0A43079AF907A0B922EEC4"><p>These remain challenging times and as we all adjust to living physically distant and replacing regular outings with digital resources and virtual access, we want to assure you Phoenix Public Library staff are working hard to keep you connected with your library services. We continue to add online materials, expand access, and extend the length of time you can stream content.</p><p>While we remain closed to in-person library services we are exploring ways in which to continue to utilize our talented staff, regularly adding virtual and online options for you. Read more below to discover how many of our online offerings are expanding. Visit us on our website regularly for updated online programming and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramto stay connected with us.</p><p> Looking for help? Visit City of Phoenix Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources page to find links, resources and assistance for job seeking, businesses, meals, housing, and more. Be sure to check this site regularly as more information is provided on a regular basis.</p><h3>Storytimes Online</h3><p> It's storytime... from the comfort of your own home! Watch fun people read fun stories! Included also on this page is fun, educational content to keep your children engaged, entertained, and learning. </p><h3> Ask Us/Call Center</h3><p> Even though at this time we are not able to provide assistance in person, that doesn’t mean our personal service isn’t available for you! Phoenix Public Library’s Call Center and online “Ask a Librarian” remain available to assist in your accessing our resources and digital services. “Ask a Librarian” (online) and our Call Center are staffed Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Dial 602-262-4636 to speak with library staff or visit on our Ask Us page on </p><h3> College Depot Services </h3><p> In ordinary times, planning for continuing education and deciding which options fit best can be a lot to handle. With “a new normal” presenting itself almost daily, planning for achieving more education shouldn’t stop. College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is still available to help students and families navigate this new world through one-on-one appointments. </p><p> Whether it is learning how to achieve a high school diploma through College Depot’s Career Online High School or exploring college options with college guidance experts, Phoenix Public Library is proud be able to continue to offer assistance with college planning, help with financial aid forms and scholarship applications through phone appointments. To schedule a remote appointment call 602-261-8847 or visit College Depot on</p><h3> eLibrary</h3><p> During the temporary closure of our buildings, you can still download ebooks, audio books, magazines, newspapers, music, movies, and so much more to your phone, tablet or computer. </p><p> In the past two weeks we have been able to expand access to some of our eResources such as: </p><p> Ancestry – Normally, this popular resource is only available to our customers while visiting us in one of our 17 locations. We are pleased to announce Ancestry is now available remotely to Phoenix Public Library customers through April, 2020. </p><p> Freegal – a music download and streaming service that offers access to 16 million+ songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. Each Phoenix Public Library cardholder now has access to unlimited streaming (up from 3 hours of streaming a day) through the end of September. </p><p> Greater Phoenix Digital Library (Overdrive) – Be sure to visit the “Always Available” section (you can see it at the top of the screen) to find something in our growing collection of Always Available/Simultaneous use eBooks, Audiobooks, and magazines. </p><p> Hoopla – explore Hoopla for music streaming, eBooks, Audiobooks, movie streaming and more. Take advantage of the recently added “Hoopla Bonus Borrows”, more material you can access that will not count towards your monthly borrow allotment (ordinarily 10 Hoopla items per month). </p><p> These are just a sampling of the expanded digital resources and services now available. Visit Phoenix Public Library online and also give Kanopy (on demand video streaming service), Best ePicks (on Axis 360 - hot new titles, some not available from other platforms), and our Online Magazines & Newspapers a try!​</p> ​<br></div>
March 16, 2020 16, 202060<div class="ExternalClassA7EC1CD1D011408B8F8181AFF975F152"><p>Hello Phoenix Public Library Community,</p><p>First, I want to thank you for your understanding as we work diligently to keep up on a situation that is changing hourly, if not minute by minute. Second, I want to thank you again for your patience and support as we continue to adjust our service to you.</p><p>Late last week we announced that we were cancelling all programming in an effort to keep our communities and residents safe from the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. By now, I am sure you have seen the announcement that effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all Phoenix Public Library locations and book drops are temporarily closed, until further notice. Effective immediately, and until further notice, we are also extending our materials borrowing time. For those of you that have Phoenix Public Library materials checked out, please continue to enjoy them and keep them until further notice. During this time we will not allow new hold requests and you will not be able to pick up currently held items - they will remain on the hold shelf waiting for you when we reopen.</p><p>As we work through adjusting our system, please disregard any Library Account reminder notices you may still be receiving. And remember our "All Fines Forgiven" policy, launched in November of 2019, means we are a fine-free library system!</p><p>We at Phoenix Public Library and City of Phoenix do not make this decision lightly as it means a temporary suspension of in-person access to library services. However, we continue to offer a huge host of ways to experience Phoenix Public Library through There remains in place a considerable amount of library digital services available to you…e-books, e-audiobooks, music, movie, television and video streaming, newspapers and magazines, learning platforms, a reference librarian question platform (Ask a Librarian)…for all ages and interests. If you have not yet discovered our online offerings, I invite you to spend some time exploring our "virtual branch." If you are already a user of one or more of our digital products, feel free to become familiar with something new.</p><p>This is an unprecedented time for all of us. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and know that we are looking forward to welcoming each and every one of you back into our spaces when this situation stabilizes. We will continue to provide updates and information and you can always find Phoenix Public Library resources and messages on Phoenix Public Library's website.</p>​<br></div>
March 15, 2020 15, 202061<div class="ExternalClass371B5C92210E41CBB49E6AF9B9025774"><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">At Phoenix Public Library, we feel as though everyone that depends on "the library" is part of our family. Whether you look to us for a special book…internet access to stay connected…teaching your child to read…planning for college…launching a business…or just finding a place to be…you feel like family to us. And keeping our family healthy and safe is our highest priority. As many of you are aware, Phoenix Public Library has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and working in lockstep with City, County and State officials. </span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">Effective Monday, March 16, all Phoenix Public Library locations and book drops will be temporarily closed. We are extending our borrowing period and waiving all due dates until further notice. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time and check back frequently for more details.</span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">We strongly encourage our customers and communities to follow the health guidelines provided by:</span></span> <br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none"></span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4"> </span></span> <br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none"></span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Arizona Public Health System COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4"> </span></span> <br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none"></span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Maricopa County Public Health Department – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4"> </span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none"></span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">City of Phoenix Health Alert: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Education and Information</span></span> </a><br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">I want to remind you of the thousands of resources available at and we are making the following changes to several of our services so that you may have library resources at your fingertips and from the comfort of your home: </span></span> <br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">We are in the process of extending the loan period for all Phoenix Public Library physical materials, including all special collections such as Best Picks, books, CDs, and DVDs, from a three-week to a 2-month loan period.  This will remain in effect until further notice.</span></span> <br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">College ​Depot</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4"> will make one on one appointments with College Guidance Counselors available by phone.</span></span> <br></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Please stay healthy and be sure to utilize all we have to offer online and check for regular updates from Phoenix Public Library. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div></div>