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Pony Express @ Appaloosa – Open to the Public, March 15, 2021!

This abbreviated library self-service allows patrons access inside the Appaloosa Library branch, without library staff present.
Registered patrons can independently browse and check out items, access public computers, use free Wi-Fi, fax and printing services during specified hours.
Patrons who would like to use this service can register in person at the Appaloosa Library drive-thru.

How and when will registration begin?

Patrons can register for this service in person at Appaloosa Library during drive-thru window hours. Patrons need to bring a valid photo ID. For those who do not already have a Scottsdale Public Library card, they can register for one at the same time. If you need to register for a Scottsdale Public Library card, please bring proof of Maricopa County residency if the address on your ID is not current.


Pony Express @ Appaloosa allows registered Scottsdale Public Library patrons access to the Appaloosa Library, without staff present, in order to browse the library collection, check out items, use public computers, Wi-Fi and the study room.

This service will be available to Pony Express registered Scottsdale Public Library patrons on March 15, 2021.

The Pony Express @ Appaloosa will only be available during certain times of the day. Beginning March 15, the hours will be:

Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 1 - 5 p.m.
Sunday closed
  •   • In-person library material browsing
  •   • Self check-out
  •   • Computer use, copy/print, faxing, and scanning
  •   • Wi-Fi
  •   • Study room (on a first-come / first-served basis)

*Meeting rooms, group study room, quiet room, newspapers and magazines, Library Shop, and programs are not available.

This service is only available to Scottsdale Public Library cardholders who are in good standing, reside in Maricopa County and are 18 years of age or older.

Interested patrons should bring their valid photo ID to the Appaloosa Library during drive-thru service hours (Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 1 – 5 p.m.). Sign up must be done in person.

At that time, library staff will:

  •   • Check to make sure your account is eligible for self-service.
  •   • Review and request a signature for the Pony Express User Agreement   (download) that outlines the rules while using the service.
  •   • Take and upload a picture of you to your library account.

Yes, The Appaloosa drive-thru and book drop will remain open.

Holds will only be available for pick up through the drive-thru.

If you need help with using the library, finding items, placing holds, etc, you can call the library’s help line at 480-312-READ (7323.)
If you do not have a cell phone, there is a dedicated phone for patrons to use to call the Help Line where staff is available to answer questions.

In the event of an emergency, patrons are to call 9-1-1.
A dedicated phone will be clearly marked as an emergency phone and will have the ability to call 9-1-1 only.

Permission needs to be renewed annually, in person. The library will synchronize your Pony Express renewal with your annual library card renewal. You can choose at any time not to renew Pony Express and revert to a regular library card account.

Winter visitors that have a Maricopa County residence and hold, or are eligible for, a full-service library card may use Pony Express.

Anyone over the age of 18 must register for self-service access before entering Appaloosa Library. Minors are permitted with a registered parent or guardian.

Minors can enter Appaloosa Library with a parent or guardian who holds a Pony Express-enabled library card. Minors must be accompanied by the responsible party at all times.

Any individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear a mask while inside Appaloosa LIbrary. Patrons are asked to maintain 6 feet of distance between others. Hand sanitation stations are located throughout the building.

  •   • Everyone using the service signs the Pony Express User Agreement   (download), which outlines service and behavior expectations. If users do not abide by the agreement, their access will be revoked.
  •   • Everyone entering Appaloosa Library will be live streamed and recorded with City security cameras.
  •   • Everyone using the service has a photo attached to their library account for identification purposes.

All patrons who enter Appaloosa Library will be on camera, which is both live streamed and recorded. Gates at the exit will alert users upon exit if any items have not been checked out.

Appaloosa will be the only branch with Pony Express service at this time.


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