Library - Does the library offer exam proctoring services?
Unfortunately the library does not have the ability to offer exam proctoring services. Generally proctors must be from an accredited university, college, or military base and accredited with the National College Testing Association.
Library - What happens if I lose or damage something I checked out?
When an item has been lost or damaged beyond library use, the cardholder account will be charged the retail price of the item lost.
Additionally, the cardholder assumes responsibility for inspecting and keeping library items free from bed bug infestations. For more information about how to protect yourself from infestations please visit the EPA bed bug identification page, the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Bed Bug Fact Sheet, or the National Pest Management Association’s Bed Bugs 101 video.
Please contact the library online or at (480) 350-5521 if you have any further questions.
Library - How do I donate to the library?
How to Donate Items:
Donated books and materials are given to the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization the "Friends of the Tempe Public Library" and sold through their bookstore. Funds acquired through book sales are dedicated to supporting Tempe Library programs and services.
City of Tempe Volunteer Opportunities are managed by the Community Services Department Volunteer Coordinator, housed at the 2nd floor of the Tempe Public Library. Volunteers can register by calling (480) 350-5190.
Library - How do I reserve a meeting room for a group?
Library Meeting Room A
The Library has two meeting rooms available for public rental, for an hourly rate. Click here for basic information about both rooms, availability, rates, reservations, and what to expect on the day of your event.
Library - Can I print/photocopy/fax/scan at the Library?
Yes! All equipment is self-serve, with basic assistance provided by staff.
Users can print from the library's public computer terminals. Wireless printing is not available.
Printing is $0.20/page (B&W) and $0.75/page (color).
Photocopying is $0.20/page (B&W) and $0.75/page (color).
Faxing is $0.25/page; personal email required for confirmation receipt. Outgoing transmissions only; local and toll-free numbers only.
Scanning to email or USB is free of charge.
Unfortunately you cannot receive incoming faxes or fax to international numbers at the library. There are a number of nearby businesses that allow you to do both including FedEx, UPS, and OfficeMax.
Library - How do I request an InterLibrary Loan?
You can request an item online here and library staff will determine if the item can be purchased or loaned from a InterLibrary Loan participating library.
Please note that we cannot order books less than six months old, DVDs, CDs, and textbooks through InterLibrary Loan.
When requesting an InterLibrary Loan you must agree to the following terms:
Tempe Public Library has no control over, and is not responsible for, the quality of photocopied materials received through interlibrary loan.
Failure to pick up requested materials within seven (7) days of notification or failure to pay lending fees assessed by the lending library will result in a $5.00 per item fee. ILL requests cannot be cancelled.
Interlibrary loan materials returned late will be assessed an overdue fee of 1.00 per day.
If an interlibrary loan item is lost or damaged, the borrower will be responsible for the lending library's replacement fee. Please note that replacement cost of library items may be as high several hundred dollars over the purchase price of the item.
Interlibrary loan items must be returned by hand to one of our library staff members. They must not be placed in the book return or book drop.
Library - How do I place items on hold?
If all the copies of the item you are looking to borrow are checked out you may place a "hold" on the item be set aside for you when it's returned to the library. Once the item is returned we will put it on our Hold Shelf (on the West wall near the library cashier) and label it with your name. You then have seven days to visit the library at your convenience to check it out.
How to Place a Request:
Locate an item in our catalog and verify all copies are checked out.
Click on the "Place Request" button.
Enter your library card number and PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number).
Click "Submit Request".
Please note: You cannot place holds on items that are checked in.
You can however contact the library at (480) 350-5500 and request a "24 Hour Hold".
Library - How many items can I check out, and for how long?
Maximum items out
Up to 30
21 days (3 weeks)
Up to 30
21 days (3 weeks)
Up to 10
21 days (3 weeks)
Up to 10
7 days (1 week)
Up to 10
7 days (1 week)
Up to 2
7 days (1 week)
Interlibrary Loan Materials
Can I appeal a false alarm assessment?
Yes, you may appeal a false
alarm in the following situations:
1.An actual crime occurred but was not discovered
at the time of police response.
·Complete a police report and call the Alarm Unit
with new case number to appeal the fee.
·If you need to complete a report, contact Tempe
Police at (480) 350-8311.
2.Multiple false alarms occur within a 24 hour
period and were caused by a system malfunction.
·The system must be repaired within 72 hours and
no further false alarms occur 30 days after the repair.
·The repair documentation must be mailed, faxed
or emailed to the Tempe Police Alarm Unit.
3.The false alarm was caused by an electrical
storm, or a power/phone connection interruption beyond your control.
·The appeal must provide documentation such as a
weather report or Utility Company Service Interruption Report.
Please complete the False Alarm Appeal Form. Appeals must be received within 15 days of the invoice date. Please send your appeal by mail, fax or email to the Tempe Police Alarm Unit.
Can I access my account online?
Yes, you can sign in to your account online at any time.
Please Note: If you have an alarm user permit number but have not yet accessed your account online please contact the Alarm Unit via email to have the account set up for online access. Please be sure to included your alarm user permit # in the subject line.
Do I have to register my car alarm?
No, car alarms do not need to be registered.
Do I have to renew my alarm user permit?
Yes, you are required to renew and update the information contained in your alarm permit annually by returning the renewal notice on or before the due date as stated on the notice.
Your alarm permit will expire one year from the date of issue. A renewal notice will be sent to you approximately 30 days prior to the expiration date on your permit. Currently, there is no annual renewal fee for residential accounts; however, as stated above, you are required to renew your alarm user permit. For businesses, the annual renewal fee is $15.
How do I add/update my contact information?
You can make changes to your account, at any time, online. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, please submit any changes to:
City of Tempe
P.O. Box 5002
Tempe, AZ 85280-5002
How do I cancel my alarm user permit account?
If you have moved from your home or business or are no longer utilizing an alarm system, please contact the Alarm Unit at (480)350-8778 or by email.
How do I register my alarm system?
If you are not registered with the City, please print the Registration form from our website, complete the form, make your check payable to City of Tempe, and deliver by mail to: PO Box 29615 Tempe, AZ 85038-9615.
What will happen if I do not pay the alarm fines?
If payment is not received by the due date listed on the invoice, your account may be sent to a collection agency for handling and you will incur additional fines and/or fees.
City of Tempe
P.O. Box 29615
Phoenix, AZ 85038-9615
If you are unable to mail in your payment(s), you may also pay online.
Please Note: If you have an alarm user permit number but have not yet accessed your account online please contact the Alarm Unit via email to have the account set up for online access.
We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover.
Who can I call if I have additional questions or comments?
The Alarm Unit can be reach at (480) 350-8778, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time or you can send us an email. Please be sure to included your alarm user permit # in the subject line
What if my alarm is activated accidently?
Permitted, in good standing false alarm activations within a 365 day period will result as follows:
Residential False Alarms:
1 - $0
2 - $0
3 - $50
4 - $100
5 - $150
Commercial False Alarms:
1 - $0
2 - $50
3 - $100
5 - $200
Each additional alarm will be increased in $50 increments. This is per alarm.
Non-Compliant, false alarm activations:
Residential and Commercial False Alarms:
1 - $0
2 - $100
3 - $200
4 - $300
5 - $400
Each additional alarm will be increased in $100 increments until permit is made compliant.
What is the cost of the alarm registration?
The cost of an alarm registration is as follows:
Residential Property: $10
Commercial Property: $15
Who is required to have an alarm permit/license?
Everyone operating an alarm system inside the city limits is required to register their alarm system.
Will I be charged for alarm activations that are not false?
No, you will never be charged for an alarm activation that is not false, this ordinance allows charges for false alarms only.
Where can I send questions or comments about the app?
You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is “My Favorites”?
You can save already-submitted service requests in My Favorites.
Select the service request you want to save (from “Recent” or “My Reports”) and tap the star icon at
the upper right. That service request will appear in My Favorites.
How do I add/update my contact information?
Tap the “Reporter” icon on the app’s home page to create or edit your contact information.
If my phone’s battery loses power, what happens to my service request?
If your phone loses power or the app crashes while you’re creating your request and you have not
completed the process, 311 will not receive the service request.
Where does my service request go once I send it?
Your service request goes to the department that’s responsible for addressing the problem.
How can I check the status of my service request?
Tap the “My Reports” icon on the home page to find the status.
What does “Share with Public” mean on the service request page?
You can decide whether you want the location & type of the service request you submit to be shared
with other app users or remain visible only to you & the City. Sharing with the public will let others
know that the issue has already been reported.
How do I include a photo?
Once you have selected the service request type, tap the camera icon. The app will ask whether you
want to take a photo or select a photo from pictures already on your phone. Tap the option you want.
The app will either bring up your phone’s camera feature (so you can take a photo) or will display the
photos stored on your phone. Taking a photo or tapping a photo already on your camera will
automatically attach it to your request.
Are photos required?
No, but photos are particularly helpful for the service request types available on the Smartphone app.
Do I have to provide my contact information to submit a service request?
No, you can remain anonymous. Either don’t register on the “Reporter” page, or if you already have
registered, delete your contact information on the “Reporter” page.
What is the “Reporter”?
The “Reporter” page allows you to register your name & contact information so that you don’t have to
re-enter it every time you submit a service request.
What can I report via the Smartphone app?
There are 18 service request types on the app. Select “New Report” to see the list.
How do I specify or edit the problem location?
Your phone’s GPS will automatically find your location and use that as the problem location. To
change the location, press and hold the map marker to drag it to the desired address. Then click OK at
the top right of the screen.
If you take a photo of the problem and then change your location before submitting the report, be
sure to point the map marker to the correct location of the problem.
How do I turn on GPS location for my phone?
On your phone’s Settings, look for Location Services & enable the GPS locator service.
How do I navigate the app & enter data?
This app works the same way other mobile apps do. Tap the icon on the home page of the app to
create a “New Report”; find “Recent” service requests that have been entered via Smartphone; see
other service requests you have created under “My Reports”; see your favorite service requests under
“My Favorites”; and register your contact information by tapping the “Reporter” icon and completing
the requested information.
Will I be charged for using the Smartphone app?
There is no charge for downloading or using the Smartphone app.
What is the Tax & License address?
Our mailing address is:
Tax & License
City of Tempe
PO Box 5002
Tempe AZ 85281
Our building address is:
Tax & License
City of Tempe
20 E 6th Street, Third Floor
Tempe AZ 85281
Contact our streetlight coordinator, Alan Rady at 480-350-8033.
How do I file a claim against the City?
Contact Risk Management at 480-350-8321.
Who do I call to turn on/off/transfer water/sewer service?
To start, stop or transfer water and sewer service please call Customer Services and a representative will be happy to assist you (480) 350-8361. Customer Services requires a minimum of 24 hours advanced notice to make changes to service.
Does Tempe issue Business Licenses?
The City of Tempe does not issue a license to every business operating within Tempe. We do issue a Privilege (Sales) and Use Tax license to every business that is conducting a taxable activity. In addition, if a business may be subject to regulatory licenses.
Does the Fire Medical Rescue Department install or assist with car seats?
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department personnel are available Monday through Friday to inspect your car seat to make sure it's properly installed. To make an appointment to get a car seat checked for free, contact Monique Bonfiglio or call (480) 858-7240.
Are grills allowed to be used on apartment balconies?
The Uniform Fire Code, adopted by the City of Tempe, prohibits grilling on patios and balconies in multi-family complexes. Learn more on our cooking safety page.
How do I get a job with the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department?
Selection Process Overview: Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a written examination. Applicants who pass the written exam become eligible for a first level interview. Applicants who are selected will go on for a second level interview. After the second level interview, applicants who are selected will be scheduled for a candidate physical ability test. Applicants who pass the CPAT are placed on an eligibility list. As openings occur, firefighter recruits musts complete a 12 week academy and are then placed in the field as probationary firefighters for a period of 12 months. Successful completion of all phases of the selection process does NOT automatically guarantee a position with the City of Tempe Fire, Medical and Rescue Department. Position vacancies, academy class size and time constraints dictate if a candidate will be hired.
Who should I call if I have bees in my yard or house?
DO NOT call the fire department to remove bee colonies or hives. If you want bees removed, look in the yellow pages or do an internet search for "bee removal" or "beekeepers." Only call the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department if it's a medical emergency.
Do you have staff that will come out and talk to neighborhood or community groups?
Yes. The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department is committed to providing the community with life safety education by teaching prevention in order to reduce life and property loss in the community. Our Education Specialist is available to make presentations to schools, organizations or businesses. Below are some of the programs that are provided to the community.
Fall and Fire Safety for our Older Adult Population
Health and Safety Fairs
Where can I get a free blood pressure reading?
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department personnel are available seven days a week to take blood pressure readings for free. Residents can stop by any of the Tempe fire stations listed below from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Station 1, 1450 E. Apache Boulevard
• Station 2, 3025 S. Hardy Drive
• Station 3, 5400 S. McClintock Drive
• Station 4, 300 E. Elliot Road
• Station 5, 723 E. Curry Road
• Station 6, 655 S. Ash Avenue
Residents should ring the doorbell located near the main entrance of the fire station. No appointment is necessary. There will be times when firefighters will be out of the station responding to emergency calls. If the crew is away from the station, check back at a later time or try another station.
Does the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department have a disaster supply kit checklist?
How do I volunteer to help the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department?
Local governments prepare for emergencies. However, there are emergency situations that can overwhelm the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department’s immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can be activated, there may be a delay in them getting to those who need it. The primary reason for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is to give people the decision-making and physical skills to offer immediate assistance to the community. While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the Fire Department, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response tools that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. For the more information call 480-858-7200.
To schedule a tour of any of our fire stations or facilities, please call our Public Education Specialist at 480-858-7240. Please have the following information available before calling:
• The date and time you would like to visit the station/facility.
• Which station/facility you would like to visit.
• Number of people and their ages.
Things to keep in mind:
All requests must be at least two weeks minimum notice and 30 day maximum notice. Also, we never take a truck out of service for tours so if you arrive at the station and there is no one there, it is because they have been called to an emergency. Or during your tour, if they get a call, they will ask you to leave before the tour is over. Please remember our first priority is the assist the residents of our community in emergency situations.
New construction plans review and inspections are conducted by two of our Senior Fire Inspectors, they are located at the Building Safety Division of the Community Services Department, which is located at the Tempe City Hall, East Garden Level, 31 East Fifth Street. Inspections related to fire protection include:
• Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems (AFES), or fire sprinklers, including Fire Pumps and Standpipes
• Fire Alarm Systems
• Occupancy classifications for the use or storage of Hazardous Materials
• Installation or Removal of Tanks for liquid motor fuels and LPG, LNG, CNG
• High-Piled Combustible Storage Occupancies
• Kitchen Hood Fire Protection Systems
• Paint Spray Booths and associated systems
• Special Agent Fire Protection Systems
• Compressed Gas or Medical Gas Systems
The Community Risk Reduction Division manages the Company Inspection Program, which consists of assigning each engine and ladder companies with a list of occupancies in their management district to inspect. These occupancies consist of commercial buildings, strip malls and office complexes and are inspected on a quarterly basis. We also conduct inspections on those business that require a state or city license like; day care centers, group homes, residential care facilities, bars, taverns and restaurants. Restaurants and bars are also visited monthly by a team of Fire Inspectors on routine night inspections. Occupancy loads, and proper exiting are of primary concern during these inspections.
Infant safe haven laws were enacted as an incentive for mothers to have a place where they can safely relinquish their babies. Safe haven laws allow the parent to remain anonymous and to be shielded from prosecution for abandonment in exchange for surrendering the baby to a safe haven. Parents can surrender their baby, up to 3 days old, with no questions asked. In order to be protected under the safe haven law you must physically hand your baby to a member of a safe haven facility.
Safe havens in Tempe include Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital located at 1500 S. Mill Avenue or any of the Tempe fire stations listed below.
• Station 1, 1450 E. Apache Blvd.
• Station 2, 3025 S. Hardy Drive
• Station 3, 5400 S. McClintock Drive
• Station 4, 300 E. Elliot Road
• Station 5, 723 E. Curry Road
• Station 6, 655 S. Ash Ave.
If there is no one at the fire station, it is important to use the red emergency phone located outside the station to call 911. Let the operator know that you are requesting to leave your baby at the safe haven at the fire station you are calling from and that no one is there. The 911 operator will notify a fire crew in the area to return to the station so that you can physically hand the baby to them. You can remain anonymous and no questions will be asked.
How do I get a tent permit?
Tents and temporary structures having an area in excess of 900 square feet must meet the requirements of Chapter 31 of the 2012 International Fire Code and require approval from the Community Risk Reduction Office. If you wish to erect a tent, complete the Tent/Canopy Permit online form and submit it along with a clean, accurate, detailed site plan (plans which are not legible will be rejected) to email@example.com at least 10 working days before the tent is to be erected. Permit fees are: $350 for first tent; $250 for each additional tent per site.
How do I get help for hoarding?
Tempe firefighters have encountered many cases of hoarding. It’s a dangerous trend that risks the lives of firefighters and residents alike. According to Hartford Hospital, compulsive hoarding may affect up to two million people in the United States. Obsessive hoarding can cost thousands of dollars and isolate people from their friends and family.
People with friends or loved ones who may have a problem with hoarding can seek help from the Arizona Hoarding Task Force at www.azhoarding.com. Arizona Hoarding Task Force provides guidance in finding support groups and personal organization services. Tempe residents also can find help through CARE 7 – City of Tempe Crisis Response Team at 480-350-8004 or www.tempe.gov/care7.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, deadly gas. It can kill you before you know it because you can't see it, taste it or smell it. When CO is breathed in by an individual, it accumulates in the blood and forms a toxic compound known as carboxyhemoglobin (COHb). Hemoglobin carries oxygen in the bloodstream to cells and tissues. Carbon monoxide attaches itself to hemoglobin and displaces the oxygen that the body organs need.
Carboxyhemoglobin can cause headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizzy spells, confusion and irritability. Later stages of CO poisoning can cause vomiting, loss of consciousness and eventually brain damage or death. Appliances such as furnaces, space heaters, clothes dryers, ranges, ovens, water heaters, charcoal grills, fireplaces and wood burning stoves produce CO. Carbon monoxide usually is vented to the outside if appliances function correctly and the home is vented properly. Problems occur when the furnace heat exchanger crack or vents and chimneys become blocked.
The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department recommends if you have any of the above gas appliances in your home you should install at least one carbon monoxide detector with an audible alarm near your bedrooms. If your home has more than one story, a detector should be placed on each story.
There are several name brands available including Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Factory Mutual (FM). Smoke alarms are available for the hearing impaired and can be purchased through your local fire equipment companies. It's important that you follow the manufacturer's recommendations for installation, testing and maintenance. Visit our smoke alarm web page.
How often should a fire extinguisher be replaced/serviced?
Business If an extinguisher is brand new, it needs to be visually checked monthly by the business owner. If the owner does not want to take on that responsibility, they need to have it serviced annually. Every 6 years a full servicing should be done, and every 12 years a hydrostatic test should be done. It is often a better deal to buy a new extinguisher at the 6 and 12 year marks.
Residential There are no requirements for personal residences, but it is recommended that they be visually checked every year to make sure there are no cracks or rust and to make sure the pin is still in the green. After 10 years or so the extinguisher should be replaced.
9-1-1 is the phone number to call to report a fire, police or medical emergency.
What is the Lockbox and Vial of Life Program?
Secure Lockbox Program - The Lockbox Program is designed to allow fire and emergency personnel access into your home in an emergency situation where forced entry is likely. This program is free to qualifying residents.
The Vial of Life Program - In an emergency situation, immediate access to medical information can literally save a life. You can assist first responders by giving them information they need. This service allows you to fill out a personal information form which includes patient medical and health information needed by first responders. The completed form goes into a "vial" and is then placed on the top shelf inside refrigerator and a magnet is placed on the outside of the refrigerator door. First responders are trained to look at the refrigerator door for the magnet. Upon seeing the magnet, they know that important information is waiting inside the refrigerator. This program is free to qualifying residents.
To get a Lockbox or Vial of Life, call (480) 350-2704.
How do I find out about a street closure or restriction?
1) Tempe Transit Store, 200 E. Fifth Street, 1st floor
Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on major holidays. Local and reduced all-day, 7-day, 31-day bus passes are available for purchase. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, VISA and MasterCard.
2) Passes can also be purchased at any light rail stop (kiosk).
HR: How do I verify employment for a City employee?
Please call our Employment Verification hotline at 480-350-8605 or fax a verification request to 480-350-8060.
HR: Where is Human Resources located?
The City of Tempe Human Resources Department is located at 20 E. Sixth Street, First Floor, Tempe, AZ 85281. Our hours of operation are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays).
HR: What are the salary ranges for City employees?
Please visit our Pay Plan webpage to view information on salary ranges for City employees.
HR: How do I know what jobs are available with the City of Tempe?
Please visit our jobs site and click on "Current Jobs Available" to view our current listing of regular and temporary positions available.
HR: If I have questions about a posted job opportunity, who can I call?
Most questions can be answered by reading the job bulletin thoroughly. If you have questions after reading the bulletin, please contact the office listed on the job bulletin for assistance. If there is no contact information on the bulletin, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-350-8276 for assistance.
CAO - Can a citizen receive legal advice from the City Attorney’s Office?
Generally, no. Attorneys in the City Attorney’s Office serve as the attorneys for City government and City officials, rather than for individual citizens. Individuals normally must retain their own attorneys for legal advice and representation.
CAO - I have a legal question/problem, who can I speak to?
The Tempe City Attorney’s Office is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CAO - How do I meet with the City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney, Assistant City?
Please call 480-350-8227 to request a meeting to discuss your city related issue with the City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney.
CAO - How do I schedule an appointment with a Prosecutor or Victims' Rights Specialist?
The Prosecutor and Victims' Rights Specialist can only discuss a case with the defendant (not represented by an attorney), a witness or a victim. To request an appointment with a Prosecutor, please call 480-350-8280. To request an appointment with the Victims' Rights Specialist, please call 480-350-8285.
CAO - How can I obtain Victims' Rights forms?
The following Victims' Rights forms are available online at City Attorney's Office: Request to Invoke Victims Rights; Victim Impact Statement; and Victim Services Statement. You may also contact the Victims' Rights Specialist at 480-350-8285.
CAO - How do I file a complaint on a business I believe is committing fraud?
Contact the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Fraud Division, at 602-542-5763 or visit www.azag.gov/consumer/.
CAO - How can I get assistance with a Landlord/Tenant issue?
CAO - I believe that I am the victim of a criminal offense. How do I report the offense?
The Prosecutor’s Office is not an investigatory agency. The Tempe Police Department investigates criminal offenses. You should report all suspected criminal activity to the Tempe Police Department's non-emergency number at 480-350-8311. In the event of an emergency or a life threatening situation, please call 9-1-1.
CAO - I want to continue a court date. How do I do that?
All continuances must be granted by the City Court. You must file an appropriate motion with the City Court. You can pick up forms from the Clerk of the Court.
CAO - Where should I take complaints against a City department?
In general, if you think a City department is doing something it should not, or not doing something it should, you should contact the head of that department. Because other City departments are not supervised by the City Attorney, this office can typically address complaints only about our own employees. You may also contact the City Manager’s Office at 480-350-8221 or visit City Manager's Office if you have already contacted the Department Manager.
HR: How can I sign up to be notified when a new job opportunity is posted?
Please visit the City's "e-notifier" page to sign up for automatic email notifications of new regular job postings.
Library - How do I return Library books, CD's and DVD's?
Drive-Up Book Drop - West side of library
All materials (with the exception of interlibrary loans) may be returned at:
Book drop; inside the library - main floor.
(During normal business hours)
Drive-up book drop; located on the West side of the building. (24-hours & Holidays)
Items returned by midnight will be credited for return for that day.
Interlibrary loan materials must be returned in person to a library staff member.
Library - How do I use a public computer at the Library?
Tempe Public Library offers all visitors free access to public computers, including:
Public computers for use by adults (Main Floor)
Computers in the Teen Room (Lower Level)
Youth Computers in the Children's Area (Lower Level)
Family Computers (Lower Level)
Children's Computers (age-appropriate educational software and games)
Public Computers provide Internet access and standard Microsoft Office functions.
Users can log-on to computers with a Tempe Public Library card.
Library - How do I get or replace a Library card?
"Mill District" card by artist Colton Brock
Tempe Public Library cards are available free of charge to residents of Tempe and all other parts of Maricopa County. Learn more about library card account details here.
Library - How do I renew Library books?
Log-in to your library account here, and renew items under "Items Out". Renew by phone:
(480) 350-5656 Renew in person:
Renew your checked-out items at our self-checkout stations in the library.
Most books, DVDs and CDs may be renewed three times, if they have not been reserved by another library user. Bestseller Express books may not be renewed. Renewals for books from other libraries, received through interlibrary loan, are rare, and are handled on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, see our Borrower Privileges Policy.
Library - How do I reset my Library card PIN?
Log into your library account here, and select "My Record".
If you know your current PIN:
Log in > click on "Change PIN"
If you do not know your current PIN:
Generally your PIN is the last four digits of the phone number your registered your account with.
If you changed your PIN, or you can't recall which phone number is attached to the account, click on "Forgot your PIN?" underneath the space for entering the PIN
If you are still unable to log-in please ask library staff at the Library Cards window to help you, or call the Library at (480) 350-5500 for assistance.
While Tempe Public Library cannot promise to purchase everything that is asked for, we will make every reasonable effort to honor your request.
Library - How do I check out eBooks and other digital materials??
The Library offers eBooks, digital audiobooks for download or streaming, eMagazines, streaming video, and downloadable and streaming music. All of the information and instructions can be found on our Downloadables page.
Library - How do I use wireless Internet at the Library?
The library offers free Wi-Fi. It's simple and free to connect.
Select the TEMPEPUBLIC wireless network on your device.
A pop-up or notification will prompt you to log-in.
(If the pop-up does not appear, try opening a new browser window to launch the log-in page.)
The password is updated regularly, and is posted throughout the facility.
Accept the "Terms of Service" and you can surf for free for two hours before needing to log in again.