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Lending Terms

Most Wanted Items

Most Wanted items are a collection of new and recent books and DVDs that are ready to check out in each of our libraries. This collection is a ready to pick up collection that is non-requestable and non-renewable.

Check Out
3 day loan DVDs 3 days
14 day loan Books 14 days

NEW Items

Our NEW items are new to the collection and have a 1 to 2 week checkout period, depending on the item. These items are able to be requested online or through one of our library staff. They are also renewable, as long as there are no pending requests from other patrons.

Check Out
New Items DVDs 1 week
New Items Books 2 weeks
New Items Books on CD 3 weeks
New Items Music CDs 3 weeks

Regular Collection

Our regular collection has a 3 week checkout period for books, DVDs and CDs. All of these items are requestable and renewable, as long as there are no pending requests from other patrons.

Check Out
  All Items 3 weeks
  Book Clubs to Go 45 days
  Brain Boxes 3 weeks
Pay Online

You can pay online by going to My Account.

Log in to your account and click on the amount owed on your account in the left column.

Select any or all of the items and click on the
"Pay Fines Now"
button at the bottom of the page.

Pay In-Library

You can pay in-person at either Civic Center Library or Mustang Library, at the Account Services desk.

Pay by Mail

Checks made payable to:

"The City of Scottsdale" may be mailed to:

Civic Center Library
P.O. Box 1000
Scottsdale, AZ 85252

Please be sure to note your library card number on your check.

Scottsdale Public Libraries are 'Fine Free' beginning July 1

Below are some FAQ's, and here is a link to the Library's lending policy Library Fees CIR-4. For questions, contact the library at 480-312-7323 (READ) or online through Ask-A-Librarian.

  What happens if I keep an item past its due date?

We will hold patrons accountable by blocking a library card account when an item is not returned. Blocking an account means that the cardholder cannot borrow any other items or use digital services. Overdue materials must be returned or paid for (if lost or damaged) to unblock the account. Items are charged as lost if they are not returned 10 days after their due date.

  What happens to late fines I owed before July 1, 2020?

All overdue fines accrued before July 1, 2020 are forgiven. Library patrons will still be responsible for all fees on their account for unreturned or damaged materials. Accounts with fees of $10 or more will be blocked from usage until the fees are paid or brought below $10. Fines already on accounts will begin to be purged. If fines are blocking your account, you need access to library materials, and your account has not yet been purged, you can contact the library and we will manually clear your account of fines.

  Is renewing materials still necessary?

Yes, it is still important to renew library materials if you want to keep them past their due date. This will prevent your card from being suspended and charged for the unreturned item and will allow other library users to see when the item is expected back. Items can be renewed up to six times if no one is waiting. Items can be renewed online by logging into your account or by calling 480-312-2434.

  How can I keep track of due dates?

Library self-checkout machines allow you to print or email a due date receipt. We also send account notifications by phone, U.S. mail, email and text. If you opt for email or text notifications, you will receive a notification prior to the due date. You can change your preferences by logging into your account or by calling 480- 312-READ (7323).

  What should I do with long overdue library materials I still have?

Return all Scottsdale Public Library materials that you have, even if you have had it for years. The fines associated with these unreturned materials will be removed from your account and you will be free to use the library again.

  I don't mind paying fines. Is there another way I can financially support the library?

Donations to the library are always appreciated and will be used to support library services and programs. Information about how to make a donation can be found on the library’s website.

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