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ServicesServices<div class="ExternalClass87A568A51CC241D2BFE93F6441D825F4"><p>​All Phoenix Public Library locations, with the exception of South Mountain Community Library, are offering Curbside Service. Book drops at all locations (with the exception of South Mountain Community Library) are available 24/7. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Please check back frequently for updates.<br></p></div>







Ask UsAsk Us<i class="fad fa-question"></i><div class="ExternalClass05FA82D84C824C82A82CFB36E8DA67EC"><p>​We are unable to answer legal or medical questions, search microforms or research obituaries. If your question is beyond the scope of our resources, we will let you know.<br></p><div><h2><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Call Us</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h2></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">For immediate assistance please telephone the Call Center at (602) 262-4636.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Call Center hours:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h3></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Monday - Saturday</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br></span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">8 a.m. to 6 p.m.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div><p>Due to a high volume of calls and inquiries in response to our newly launched Curbside Service, you may experience a temporary delay in our reply to your email. Thank you for your patience. One of our library staff will respond to you as soon as possible.</p><p>Check out our <a href="/services/faq" target="_blank">FAQs​</a> for currently-offered services and programs during Phoenix Public Library's closure.<br></p><p>All Phoenix Public Library locations, with the exception of South Mountain Community Library, are offering Curbside Service. Book drops at all locations (with the exception of South Mountain Community Library) are available 24/7. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Please check back frequently for updates.<br></p><h2>Email Us<br></h2></div>ask-us
Borrowing ItemsBorrowing Items<div class="ExternalClass684F37C9E3A54AC6A463843CC95039D3"><h1>Borrowing Policies</h1><h2>By the Numbers</h2><p>​Phoenix Public Library customers can check out up to 35 items at any given time, per the following:<br></p><ul><li>Maximum Number of DVDs (at any one time): 10</li><li>Maximum Number of Videos (at any one time): 10</li><li>Maximum Number of CDs or Audiobooks (at any one time): 10</li></ul><h3>Loan Periods<br></h3><p>Books, CDs, Audiobooks and DVDs have a loan period of 21 days.</p><p>Magazines have a loan period of 21 days and <em>are not renewable.</em></p><h2>Renewing Materials</h2><p></p><p>Renewals may be done in person at one of our 17 locations, online, or by calling 602-534-6666.</p><p>Library items may be renewed as long as no holds have been placed on them by other library customers. Items may be renewed a <strong>maximum of 6 times.</strong></p><p>Renewals may also be made by phoning the Call Center at 602 262-4636 if the services listed above are unavailable.<br></p><h3>Autorenew<br></h3><p>Your eligible materials will automatically be renewed on the due date.  Library items will be automatically renewed as long as no holds have been placed on them by other library customers. Items may be renewed a maximum of 6 times.</p><h2>​Requesting a Hold<br></h2><p>Using the Library's online catalog, you may request up to 6 circulating items at a time to be delivered to the Library location of your choice. You may also place requests with the assistance of a Library staff member.</p><p>All requests for materials are on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.</p><p>Using your Library account, you may cancel or postpone your requests.</p><p>You will receive notification once your items are available for pickup. The items must be picked up by the date indicated next to the item listed in your account. Please pick up all items as soon as possible.</p><h2>Returning Materials</h2><p>With the exception of Interlibrary Loan materials, materials may be returned to any one of our 1​7 locations. Book drops are available for after-hours returns. Payments may also be made at any Library location.<br></p></div>borrowing
Computers & InternetComputers & Internet<i class="fas fa-mouse-pointer"></i> about available computers and Internet services at Phoenix Public Library.<div class="ExternalClassDA9EEB2963ED45F2A56AD6B53CB1ECF0"><p>Learn about available computers and Internet services at Phoenix Public Library.<br></p><p>Phoenix Public Library offers free public access to the Internet for educational and informational purposes. The Library has no control over information available through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.<br></p><p>You will need a valid library card in order to use an Internet-accessible computer in the Children's, Teen or main areas of the library. You will also need a valid library card in order to use an Express PC.</p><p>You do not need a library card to use a Catalog PC.​<br><br></p><h2>Using a Public Computer</h2><p><em>You will need a library account password to use public Internet computers and self-check machines at the Library.</em></p><p>Phoenix Public Library computers are located in public areas shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Library customers must be considerate and respectful of one another, and especially mindful of children in the area, particularly when accessing information or images others may find offensive.</p><p>In order to use an Internet-accessible computer, customers must accept the terms described in the Library's "Computer and Internet Use Agreement." Failure to comply with this agreement may result in the loss of Library privileges, up to and including permanent trespass from all Library locations.</p><p>The Library uses filtering technology on all computers with Internet access. If a customer wishes to access a site that is blocked, the customer may request Library staff to unblock the site. If a customer believes that a site has been blocked incorrectly, the customer may request a reclassification of the website​.​​</p><p>Library customer information is kept confidential in compliance with Phoenix Public Library's E-Privacy Policy and Arizona law.<br><br></p><h2>Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)</h2><p>The Library complies with the federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and uses filtering software to screen out sites which may reasonably be construed as obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.  Filtering software may not block all material customers might find offensive.</p><p>Parents and legal guardians are responsible for their child's exposure to and use of the Internet and are encouraged to supervise their children's Internet sessions. Parents and children are also encouraged to seek guidance from Library staff or visit (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children), for site recommendations.​​<br></p><h2>Wireless Access</h2><p>Free Wireless Internet is available for your laptop, PDA or other wireless device. Hot spots are currently available at all Phoenix Public Library locations.</p><p>Users must have an 802.11 b/g wireless network interface card installed and configured in their laptop, PDA or other wireless device in order to access the wireless public Internet.</p><p>The free service is provided as a convenience. <strong>You use is at your own risk.</strong> Wireless transmissions may present a data security risk, and we advise against using the wireless public Internet to conduct personal or business transactions, such as banking, where sensitive account information and other personal data could be compromised.</p><p>When using the wireless public Internet, <strong>you will need to provide your own power source</strong>. Electrical outlets are limited.</p><p>If you have trouble accessing the wireless public Internet because of configuration issues or technical problems with your wireless device, please see the troubleshooting tips or contact your device's technical team support for assistance. <strong>City employees are not allowed to provide computer assistance for personal equipment.</strong></p><h3>How to Connect to the Wireless Internet:</h3><p>NOTE: You must complete steps two through four even if using a VPN.</p><ol><li>Turn on laptop or Internet-ready device.</li><li>Make sure your laptop wireless capability is enabled. On some PCs, you may have to enable the connection first.</li><li>Launch the Web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari).</li><li>The wireless public Internet welcome page will appear on the screen.</li><li>Read the terms and conditions on this page and then click the "Accept" button. You must accepts the terms and conditions in order to access the wireless public Internet.<br></li></ol></div>computers-internet
Curbside ServiceCurbside Service up your holds in an easy, contact-free way! Learn more about this service.<div class="ExternalClass7BD09E7ACC2A4100BBE6C618A525D689"><h2>​Pick up your holds in an easy, contact-free way! Learn more about this service.<br></h2><p>Curbside Service is not available at South Mountain Community Library at this time.<br></p><p>Learn more about the restoration of <a href="/about/library-updates/restoration-in-building-visits">In-Building Visits​</a>.<br></p><h2>​Check out: Library-To-Go!</h2><p>Pulling up into Curbside Service means more than just picking up holds!</p><p>Choose a book bundle. Choose a bundle of DVDs. Be delighted!</p><p>Ask your local Phoenix Public Library location about available Library-To-Go collections.</p><h2>Step One:</h2><p>Reserve your items through My Account.​​<br></p><h2>Step Two:</h2><p>After you receive your notice that your item(s) are available, drive, bike or walk to your library location during <strong>Curbside Service hours</strong>. <em>To reduce the spread of COVID-19, wear a face covering and follow appropriate social distancing at all times.</em></p><p> <strong>Curbside Service hours for Acacia Library, Century Library, Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center, and Yucca Library:</strong></p><p>Monday through Saturday<br>8 a.m. to noon</p><p>Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday<br>3:30 to 5:30 p.m.<br></p><p><strong>Curbside Service hours for </strong><strong>Burton Barr Central Library, Agave Library, ​Cesar Chavez Library, Cholla Library, Desert Broom Library, Desert Sage Library, Harmon Library, ​Ironwood Library, Juniper Library, Mesquite Library, Palo Verde Library, and Saguaro Library:</strong><br></p><p>Monday through Saturday<br>9:30 a.m. to noon​<br></p><p>Then, follow posted instructions.</p><ul><li>You do not need to call ahead or book an appointment.</li><li>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.</li></ul><h2>Step Three:</h2><p>Follow posted instructions:</p><ul><li>Please wait in your car</li><li>Call the posted phone number and have your library card number ready</li><li>Library staff will checkout your held item(s) and deliver them to the trunk or rear of your vehicle<br></li></ul></div>curbside-service
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Just Read Local Author CollectionJust Read Local Author Collection<div class="ExternalClass5224D60FA85C41CF8650A365B6CD0439"><h2>​<span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 1">The Just Read Local Author Collection is a curated collection of the best writing from Arizona authors. Works chosen for this collection are offered through the </span></span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Greater Phoenix Digital Library</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 1">. Access </span></span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">the entire collection</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 1"> now.</span></span> </h2><div><h2><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":240,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h2></div><div><h2><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 2">Access selected eBooks and learn more about selected authors below.</span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></h2></div></div>local-authors
Online ProgramsOnline Programs a library program from the comfort of your home.<div class="ExternalClassD4DB719C971E4EB98FE23BBAFB32BE30"><h3>Enjoy a library program from the comfort of your home.​</h3><p>Ordinarily we would be hosting programs in our locations allowing our visitors to find their pl​ace at the library. For the time being, as we prioritize the health and safety of our staff, customers and communities, we are pleased to be able to continue our quality program offerings, even without hosting visits in our buildings. We have a wide choice of programming selections (with more to come!) providing opportunities for you to experience Phoenix Public Library, in this way you can find your library in your place!<br></p><p>New programs and additional sessions of popular programs are being added all the time. If the program you are looking for is full or otherwise unavailable, check back soon!<br></p></div>online-programs
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Phased Restoration of In-Building VisitsPhased Restoration of In-Building Visits<i class="fas fa-book-reader"></i> when and how your Phoenix Public Library location​ will be open to In-Building Visits.​<div class="ExternalClassD9DBB66A066240A8A224399A4D6FAD4D"><p>​Learn when and how your Phoenix Public Library location​ will be open to In-Building Visits.​ </p><p><em>Para leer esta información en españ​ol, use ​el botón "Translate" de arriba​ para traducir la pá​gina.</em><br></p><h3>Restoration of In-Building Visits will roll out in three separate library locations groupings on the dates below.​<br></h3><p></p><p>​All In-Building Visits will require face coverings and social distancing. <br></p><p></p><p><strong style="color:#ff0000;">Advance reservations</strong> can be made at select locations up to three (3) days prior below or through the Library's Call Center at 602-262-4636. <br></p><p><font style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>D</strong></font><strong style="color:#ff0000;">rop-in customers</strong> 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.​​​<br></p><h1>About Making a Reservation<br></h1><p><br>To enter the building, customers MAY have an advance reservation or arrive for a drop-in 45-minute visit at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.  Building entry is limited occupancy at this time.</p><p>Making an online reservation requires an email address. If you do not have an email address, you may make a drop-in visit (if available) at your library location.</p><p>Customers may make:</p><ul><li>1 advance reservation per day</li><li>Up to 4 advance reservations at one time for families or groups</li></ul><p>Groups larger than 4 individuals need to make arrangements with their library location by calling 602-262-4636.<br></p><p>Depending on availability, drop-in reservations are available up until 30 minutes past reservation start time.</p><p>If you fail to check in within 30 minutes of your expected arrival time, your advance reservation will be canceled.<br><br></p><h2>​Group 1 (Reserve now)</h2><ul><li><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Burton Barr Central Library</a></strong><em><br></em></li><li>​<strong><a href="" target="_blank">Agave Library</a></strong><br></li><li><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez Library</a></strong><br></li><li><em></em><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cholla Library</a></strong><br></li><li><strong>​<a href="" target="_blank">Desert Broom Library​</a></strong><br></li><li><em></em><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ironwood Library</a></strong><br></li><li><em></em><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Mesquite Library</a></strong><br></li><li><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Palo Verde Library​​​​</a></strong><br></li></ul><h2>​Group 2 (Reserve now)<br></h2><ul><li><em></em><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Desert Sage</strong><strong> Library</strong></a></li><li><strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></strong><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Harmon Library</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Juniper Library</a></strong><br></li><li><strong><a href="">Saguaro Library​</a></strong><br></li></ul><h2>Group 3 (Monday, May 17)<br></h2><p></p><ul><li><strong>Acacia Library​</strong><br></li><li><strong>Century Library</strong><br></li><li><strong>Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Cente</strong>r<br></li><li><em></em><strong>Yucca Library</strong></li></ul><h1>About In-Building Visits <br></h1><div><br></div><div><strong>Monday through Saturday<br><br></strong></div><div><strong>9:30 a.m. to noon:</strong> <a href="/services/curbside-service">Curbside Service</a>​<br><br></div><div><strong>12:30 to 5:30 p.m.: </strong>In-Building Visits<br><br></div><div>​<div>Updated May 3, 2021​​<br></div></div><p><br></p></div>