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More Than Books

Maricopa County Library District serves residents of Maricopa County, Arizona.

The Library District serves unincorporated areas and partners with cities, towns and school districts to run their libraries.

View our locations in Maricopa County.

 

How to Get a Card

A photo ID and proof of current local address are needed to get a library card. Acceptable forms of photo identification include a Driver's License; Federal, state or tribal identification card; military identification card; university or school identification card; or a passport. If these do not show the current address, also bring a lease agreement, mortgage statement, utility bill, current car registration, voter ID card issued within the last year, property verification via the County Assessor or mail postmarked within 30 days. There is no charge for Maricopa County residents to get a card. Noncounty residents can get a card for $50 annually, $25 for 6 months or $5 per month for a computer-use-only card.

Special Needs

Customers who require help locating, using, or interpreting library materials may call the Maricopa County District's Libraries at 602.652.3000 during regular hours of operation to request assistance from Library staff. The library staff is pleased to assist in speeding checkouts or any other reasonable way to make your visit comfortable. Sign language interpretation is available upon advance notice.

Books by Mail

Customers who require Books by Mail services can learn more by visiting our Books by Mail page.

Borrowing Materials

We are happy to loan up to 50 items per card.

Loan Periods  
EXPRESS items 7 days
DVDs & Blu-ray Discs 7 days
New books 14 days
Interlibrary Loan 14 days
All other material 21 days

If a due date falls on a Library District holiday or when the library is closed, the loan period will be extended to the next business day.

Renewing Materials

You can renew at your library, by phone or online.

Items may not be renewed if there are outstanding reserves or if the renewal limit has been reached.

Renew by phone at 602.652.3080 or 602.652.3000
Access your account to renew materials online. You will need your library card and PIN (personal identification number). Unsure of your PIN? Call 602.652.3000.

Fines and Fees

The Library District reviews returned materials and reserves the right to assess damage and determine the need to withdraw damaged materials from circulation. Customers responsible for damaging library materials must pay the cost of replacement, any overdue fines plus a $5.00 Processing Fee.

Lost materials: Customer must pay the cost of replacement, any overdue fines plus a $5.00 Processing Fee. If material is found and returned within 30 days of being paid for, the District will refund the replacement cost of the materials only.

Accumulated unpaid fines and/or fees of $10.00 or more will result in loss of borrowing and computer use privileges.

Accumulated unpaid fines/fees of $50.00 or more will be referred for collection. If referred to a collection agency a $15 fee will be applied to your account.

A returned check fee of $25.00 will be assessed, plus any bank charges, and is payable before loan privileges will be extended

Overdue Fines  
Books, audiobooks, magazines, and CDs $0.20/day
DVDs, Blu-ray Discs $1.00/day
   
Maximum Fines  
Maximum per item (book, magazine, CD) $5.00 each
Maximum per DVD or Blu-ray Disc $10.00 each
   
Library Card Fees  
Replacement card $2.00
   
Other Charges and Fees  
Non-resident fee $50.00/year
$25.00/6 months
Non-resident Computer-use-only card $5.00/month

Personal Computers

Personal computers are available for customer use in all branch and regional libraries. A library card is required for computer use. All computers have standard word processing and other common programs installed. There is a charge per page for printing.

Wi-Fi is available to the public in all branch and regional libraries. You do not need a library card to use the Wi-Fi.

Programs and Events

The library's calendar of events lists all the programs sponsored by the Adult and Youth Service areas at all the District libraries. You may browse programs and events scheduled for this month or search for future events. Some of the events and programs are: story time for children, book discussion groups for Adults, and numerous programs on various topics for all ages. Programs are free but may require registration.