Library News

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Find Oscar winning titles at Tempe Public Library!
March 7, 2018

These titles are guaranteed to be in high demand!
Learn how to place a hold here.



The Shape of Water
Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro), Best Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Production Design

  • DVD - On Order - DVD release date 3/13; please allow time for shipping & processing
  • Soundtrack (digital/streaming)
  • Book (novelization of film by Guillermo Del Toro & Daniel Kraus)
  • eAudiobook

Darkest Hour
Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Same Rockwell)

I, Tonya
Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney)

  • DVD - On Order - DVD release date 3/13; please allow time for shipping & processing
  • Soundtrack (digital/streaming)

Get Out
Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele)

Call Me by Your Name
Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory)

A Fantastic Woman
Best Foreign Language Film

  • DVD - To be ordered - Estimated release date May 2018; please allow time for shipping & processing
  • Soundtrack (digital/streaming)

Best Animated Feature, Best Song ("Remember Me")

  • DVD
  • eBooks (follow link to find a variety of juvenile fiction adaptations of the film)

Blade Runner 2049
Best Visual Affects

Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

Phantom Thread
Best Costume Design

  • DVD - To be ordered - Estimated release date April 10; please allow time for shipping & processing
  • Soundtrack (digital/streaming)

Looking for something we don't have in stock?
You can place a request for purchase here.

OverDrive Digital Bookmobile Coming to Tempe Public Library
February 28, 2018

Traveling coast to coast, this high-tech update to a traditional Bookmobile, is coming to Tempe! The OverDrive Bookmobile visits communities to promote reading and the digital catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video that is available through the library's OverDrive account.

🏁 Wednesday, March 14th - 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. & Thursday, March 15th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

🏁 All ages & free to attend!

🏁 Equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, the Digital Bookmobile has everything a reader needs to get started.

🏁 The 42-foot long Toterhome provides devices, internet connectivity and expert guidance to the library's digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks.

Official Facebook event page.

Library will be closed March 8 for Staff Training Day
February 20, 2018

The Library will close Thursday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., for its second Staff Training Day and will reopen the following day at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 9. Library staff will receive customer service training to better provide greater access to all Library services, and departments assisting Library customers.
This short closure will not affect your access to the digital library, other digital subscriptions, and the drive-up book drop will still be available for you to return material.

Tempe Public Library Continues Writer in Residence Program: Dusti Bowling
February 1, 2018

Our 2018 Writer in Residence is Dusti Bowling. Get expert advice on your writing by registering for a one-on-one consultation, or attend one of her writing workshops to learn new skills in the craft of writing and publishing. February - April 2018. Learn more...

Tempe Community Writing & Cover Design Contest
January 8, 2018

The Tempe Community Writing Contest accepts submissions of original works of fiction, creative nonfiction (including memoirs and essays) or poetry. High school students, college students, and adults can submit works until February 19. Learn more...

Most Popular Items in 2017
January 2, 2018

During 2017 Tempe Public Library circulated over 141,700 physical items such as books, audiobook CDs, DVDs, music CDs, and periodicals, and over 157,00 digital items such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming video, and downloadable music.

Let's look at which items were Tempe Public Library members' favorites!
These items ranked number #1 in the highest circulating for their categories in 2017.


Print book:
The Whistler by John Grisham

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Audiobook (CDs):
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Audiobook (digital download):
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Print book:
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Audiobook (CDs):
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Audiobook (digital download):
The Life-Chaning Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo


Print book:
Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Audiobook (CDs):
Legend by Marie Lu


Beginning Reader:
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss

Easy/Picture Books:
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Juvenile Fiction (print):
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Juvenile Fiction (eBook):
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Juvenile Nonfiction (print):
The World Book Encyclopedia

Juvenile Nonfiction (eBook):
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Feature Film (DVDs):

TV Series (DVDs):
My Mother and Other Strangers

Feature Film (streaming video):
The Lost City of Z

TV Series (streaming video):
Spanish for Kids


Believe by Celtic Woman

Album (streaming music):
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Soundtrack

Most downloaded music artist (Freegal):


Both print & digital:
The Economist

New Year, New You - with Tempe Public Library
December 27, 2017

Kick 2018 off right with all the resources you need to fulfill your New Year's resolutions. Be it more exercise, less phone time, or dare we suggest our favorite resolution: more reading... we have the books to get you on the right path.

Check out self-help titles from the library or through one of our digital download services.
Here are just a few of some of the subjects you can browse:


Finance, Personal
Information Technology -- Social Aspects
Interpersonal Relationships
Smoking Cessation
Spanish Language - Study & Teaching
Weight loss

OVERDRIVE (eBooks, eAudiobooks, & streaming video)

Cooking & food
Family & relationships
Foreign language study
Heath & fitness
Study aids & workbooks

HOOPLA (eBooks, eAudio-books, & streaming video)

Crafts & hobbies
Fitness & diet
Foreign language study
Health & fitness
House & home
Personal finance
Personal success & motivation
Study guides
Time management


Business economics
Foreign language study
Social science


Food & cooking
Health & fitness

Find even more resources on your path to self-improvement via our subject guides:

Business & Investing
English as a Second Language (ESL/ELL)
GED & Adult Literacy
Job Help
Language Learning
Lifelong Learning
Students & Homework Help

Tempe Book Bike

In October 2017 Tempe Public Library will hit the streets with the Tempe Book Bike.
The Tempe Book Bike travels around the city providing books available for check out, library cards, and information on library and city services. The bike targets underserved populations by visiting community centers, parks, and riding the streets of Tempe. Book Bike ambassadors connect with people, build strong community ties, and encourage literacy.

Join the Tempe Public Library and the Tempe City Council in the official launch of the Tempe Book Bike program. October 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
Tempe Community Complex (Tempe Public Library Plaza)

Learn more about the program at

New study room reservation service

Starting Monday, October 2, reserve one of the Library's group study rooms using D!BS, our new mobile friendly, online room reservation system.

This new system will allow customers to plan individual study time or group meetings up to two weeks in advance at the Library. Cardholders may book up to 2 hours a day, with 8 hours total in a two week period.
Don’t have a card? Sign up today with your ID and proof of address at Tempe Public Library, or get started online.

Learn more at

OverDrive's new app - Libby

Libby is a brand new app from OverDrive, one of our subscription eBook lenders. According to OverDrive:
"We're trying to simplify and bring joy to every aspect of digital borrowing and reading. If you love it, you can use it instead of the OverDrive app. If you don't love it yet, feel free to keep using the OverDrive app, but check in on Libby from time to time β€” we're adding features and squashing bugs every day."
Learn more about OverDrive at

OneClickDigital & Zinio for Libraries App Merge

Our digital magazine subscription lending service Zinio and one of our eAudiobook providers OneClickDigital have merged apps to provide a one stop shop for these free digital media downloads! If you update the OneClickDigital app you'll see it is now called RBdigital. Here you'll find tabs for both audiobooks and magazines. You are free to delete the old Zinio app at this point. If you use these services via your browser on PC or Mac you will continue to access the sites separately, but will notice the sites have changed over to the new RBdigital name. You can always learn more about all our digital downloads at

NEW - hoopla digital 

On June 26 we launched a brand new digital collection - hoopla digital. You have access to new eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, TV, and music for free with your library card. This collection is an addition to our suite of digital products including OverDrive, RBDigital Audiobooks, RBDigital Magazines, Freegal Music, and InstantFlix. You can learn more about all our digital downloads at

New Library Writer-in-Residence Program

The library is hosting New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr as a Writer in Residence June - October 2017. Melissa will be onsite to write and provide instruction to aspiring authors. Get expert advice on your writing by registering for a one-on-one consultation, or attend one of her writing workshops to learn new skills in the craft of writing and publishing. All experience levels are welcome.
Learn more.

Longer Check Out Loans with eBooks

The library has increased it's loan period for eBooks from 2 weeks to 3 weeks so you can enjoy your eBooks longer!

Are you a fast reader? You can return your eBooks by following these instructions.

Learn more about eBooks and all our downloadable and streaming content at