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Tempe Public Library cards are available free of charge for the following users:

  • All Maricopa County residents
  • Anyone employed within the city of Tempe
  • Anyone attending school within the city of Tempe
  • Owners of Tempe businesses who reside outside Maricopa County

Tempe Public Library cards are available for a non-refundable $40.00 annual fee for the following users:

  • Non-Maricopa County residents
  • Out of state visitors

Tempe Public Library cards with computer use and internet access only are available free of charge for the following users:

  • Non-Maricopa County residents
  • Out of state visitors

To obtain a library card, you will need to bring photo identification and proof of address.

Please note:

  • All applicants under age 16 require a parent or legal guardian present to obtain a card.
  • Cards with borrowing privileges are renewed annually with photo ID and proof of address.
  • Cards with computer use and internet access only are renewed every three months with photo ID and proof of address

Accepted Forms of Photo Identification 

Driver's license
State issued ID
School ID
Military ID
Passport
Matrícula Consular ID (Government of Mexico)

Accepted Verification of Residential Address

Current Driver's license
Voter Registration Card
Current paystub
Current mail/utility bill (postmarked within 30 days)
Current lease agreement
Note: PO Boxes only are not accepted

Verification of Employer Address or School Enrollment

Current print or electronic pay stub, which includes:
  • Applicant's name
  • Employer address within the city of Tempe

Current paper or electronic school records, including:             

  • Enrollment Verification form
  • Course Registration
  • Report Card or Transcript

Replacing a lost or stolen library card

Library users who have lost their Tempe Public Library card may apply for a replacement card by showing valid photo ID. Lost cards must be reported to the Library immediately. If a card which was reported lost is found, it should be destroyed or returned to the library for disposal.

One free replacement card per calendar year is available to all cardholders, a $2.00 replacement card fee will be charged thereafter. 

For more information, see our Borrower Privileges Policy(PDF)

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