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Starting in 2017 - all Scottsdale Public Library cards will need to be renewed on a yearly basis.

You will receive a notice via email 30 days prior to your card expiration date.

To renew your card, you will need to visit one of our five branch locations and:
  1. Show your photo I.D.
  2. Verify your current address

If your card expires, you will not be able to check out or renew items, and you will not be able to download books or music from our online services. Our online databases will still be accessible.

 

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We're providing you with more options and more choices than ever! You can keep your old card or select a new card from the cards below we’ve created by partnering with local arts and community organizations.

Imagination Gives Us Wings

Imagination Gives Us Wings

by Larry Kirkland (1994)

In 1994, Scottsdale Public Art commissioned Larry Kirkland to create a public art installation for the recent renovations to Civic Center Library. Funded by the Percent for Art fund, the sculpture includes a suspended quill, the pair of lights - and a bird cut out in the roof. There is an ink well located on the lower level. The title of the piece comes from the quote, ”So many possibilities let imagination give us wings” by Emily Dickinson.

See information about the public art installation at Scottsdale Public Art

 
Ladies, Guns, and an Early Automobile in Scottsdale

Ladies, Guns, and an Early Automobile in Scottsdale

© Scottsdale Public Library

Initially settled by Baptist minister Winfield Scott, Scottsdale was a wholesome, family-oriented, temperate town during its first 30 years or more. Residents, however, found ways to amuse themselves, from hunting in the slough (what is now known as the Indian Bend Wash), to taking picnics to Hole-in-the-Rock or Echo Canyon, to celebrating community events at the Scott’s ranch. This photo appears to have been taken at the Scott’s ranch at the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Indian School Roads. People are not identified, nor is the owner of the car, however the photo is a favorite of both patrons and staff.

This and over 10,000 other images can be on our website: Scottsdale Heritage Connection Digital Collection

 
Scottsdale Cowboy Sign

Scottsdale Cowboy Sign

© Scottsdale Historical Society (1956 ca)

Scottsdale’s beloved ‘Cowboy Sign’ on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Main Street has been a much-photographed symbol of The West’s Most Western Town since its first version was erected by the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, with the help of local sign-maker Monte Flagg in 1952.

This and over 10,000 other images can be on our website: Scottsdale Heritage Connection Digital Collection

 
Desert Tracery

Desert Tracery

Photograph by Patricia Okyne (2007)

In 2007, Scottsdale Public Art ran a community photo contest entitled “i ❤ public art” featuring photographs submitted by Scottsdale residents and visitors.


Each photograph depicted a public artwork from the Scottsdale Public Art Program’s city-wide collection. “Desert Tracery” was one of the winning entries that year, which depicts Seattle artist, Norie Sato’s site-integrated public art, Desert Tracery, 2007, on the exterior of Arabian Library.

See information about the public art installation at Scottsdale Public Art.

 
Water Mark

Water Mark

Photograph by Cheryl Nestico (2010)

”Water Mark”, Cheryl Nestico’s skillful and emotive photograph of the five horse gargoyle sculptures, Water Mark, 2010, by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, public art on Indian Bend Road between Scottsdale Road and Hayden.

For more information, visit: CaptureMyArizona.com
See information about the public art installation at Scottsdale Public Art

 
Bobcat

Bobcat

Photograph by George Andrejko (2014)

Scottsdale is located in the Sonoran Desert and boasts one of North America’s most biologically-diverse ecosystems. For this reason, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is home to many unique species such as the bobcat.

For more information, visit: Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve and The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

 
Intimate View

Intimate View

Photograph by Kevin Spatt (2014)

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy uses the art of photography to share the beauty of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve with the local and global community. This breathtaking image of the iconic Saguaro Cactus came from the 2014 Focus on Conservation contest.

For more information, visit: Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve and The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

 
Walk Into Morning

Walk Into Morning

Photograph by Sue Cullumber (2014)

In 2009, the City of Scottsdale opened the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Gateway Trailhead. This trailhead provides a barrier-free nature trail in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve as well as access to many unique Scottsdale trails.

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, including the beautiful McDowell Mountains, currently encompasses more than 30,000 acres with 146 miles of non-motorized multiuse trails.

For more information, visit: Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve and The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

 

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