Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Library Closures, Information, and Resources
Posted on 09/24/2020
HandwashingExpress Computer Service at the Library
Beginning Thursday, October 1, patrons can use library computers for 30-minute sessions.
  • Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Library card or picture ID is required for use.

  • Computers are cleaned by staff after each use.

  • Patrons are limited to one 30-minute session per day; time on the computers cannot be extended.

  • Patrons are required to wear masks.

  • Black and white printing is available for 20 cents per page.
Library Hours & Walk-Through Services
Walk-through and holds pick-up services have extended to all four Glendale Public Library locations, and the ability to place new holds has returned to the library catalog, effective Tuesday, May 26. All locations are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 12-5 PM on Saturdays.

Walk-through services are limited. There is no access to public computers, but you may browse our new book collections, as well as select DVDs and Blu-rays, renew your library card, and pick up holds. 

For the safety of our patrons and staff, we are limiting the number of people in the building. Therefore, we ask that you please keep your visit as short as possible, so that others may use the facility. 

Please do not hesitate to call 623-930-3600 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays, or email with any questions.

Face Coverings
Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers has issued a Proclamation requiring that face coverings be worn by all individuals within the City of Glendale, effective June 20 at 12:01 a.m., with several exemptions listed.  Click here for details.

Returning Items
You may return materials through our outside book drops, which are open for customers to return items at all four locations, or inside the library’s designated walk-through area.

Automatic Renewals
We are so pleased to announce a new service for you: automatic renewals.

Effective June 29, 2020, materials checked out to you will be automatically renewed for up to three additional checkout periods, provided there are no holds on the materials or blocks that would normally prevent renewals, such as fines, collection agency fees, overdue items, expired card, etc. After three renewals, materials must be returned. For more information about this process, please click here.

Magazines, Culture Passes, and Discovery and Exploration Backpacks cannot be renewed. Interlibrary loans cannot be auto-renewed. Please click here for more information about requesting a renewal for an interlibrary loan.

If you have any questions about whether an item was renewed or is renewable, or any other questions about auto-renewals, please contact the library immediately at 623-930-3600 so you can avoid accruing overdue fines.

Effective Tuesday, May 26, the ability to place new holds has been restored to the library catalog. You may pick up items at any Glendale Public Library location.

Items placed on hold will be available 2-3 days after the hold is placed. Items returned to the library must be quarantined for 72 hours before they can be checked out again.

Interlibrary Loans
The library has resumed interlibrary loan (ILL) services. You may re-request ILLs that were already sent back to their lending library, or make a new ILL request, by submitting this form. Due to nationwide library closures, wait times for ILL requests may be longer than usual.  

Interlibrary loan materials have a checkout period of three weeks. To request a renewal for an ILL item, please contact 623-930-3558 or email You may return your ILLs to our outside book drops, which will be open at all four locations.

Expiring Library Cards
If there is no change to your address, you can renew your card by calling 623-930-3600, by filling out this online form, or by visiting any Glendale Public Library location during open walk-through hours. If your address has changed, you will need to bring valid proof of your new address to any Glendale Public Library location.

Programs & Events
All in-library programs have been canceled until further notice.  Please visit our calendar at for more information about book groups and other programs being held online through video conferencing. In addition, please take a look at our virtual events on video at Library@Home. We're offering pre-recorded musical performances, storytimes, crafts, and more.

Meeting Rooms
All library meeting room reservations have been canceled until further notice. Refunds will be processed for those who have reserved rooms.

Introducing eCards!
Don't have a library card? Get an eCard from home and enjoy access to all the library's online content for free! After submitting this application form, you will receive a response containing your new eCard number and PIN within two business days. 

eBooks, Movies, Music & More
Remember, when you can't come to the library, the library can come to you! With our Library@Home resources, you can take advantage of our many options for entertainment, education, and information while staying at home. 

digital library and databases are available 24/7 online with your Glendale Public Library Card and PIN (by default, the last four digits of your phone number). 

Read eBooks, comic books, and magazines, listen to audiobooks and music, and watch streaming videos with the 
Greater Phoenix Digital LibraryhooplaFreegal, and more. Take advantage of live online tutoring for all ages from certified tutors through Brainfuse HelpNow. If you need assistance using these resources, please use our online instructions
, call, or email us. We're still here for you!

More Information
Updated coronavirus information from the city of Glendale is available at Don't miss their extensive list of places to get helpFurther information and resources will be posted as they become available.

Resources related to the coronavirus include:
  • Arizona Department of Health Services - The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership.
  • Arizona Together - Arizona Together is an initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities.
  • COVID-Explained - Find the facts about the virus. How does it spread? How is it treated? Who does it affect most? A team of researchers and students at Brown, MIT, Harvard, Mass General and elsewhere offers unbiased information to help you make good decisions.
The library's IDEA Center also offers links to an assortment of business, employment, and financial resources which provide useful information and practical help.