Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Payson, AZ

Phone: (928) 474-9260              Fax: (928) 474-2679

Library Director: Emily Linkey 

Assistant Librarian: David Grassé

OUR MISSION:  The Library Friends of Payson, Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to provide financial and community support to the Payson Public Library. We believe that public libraries comprise an integral aspect of community identity and development, and we support endeavors that encourage literacy and free inquiry within the individual, the family, and society.

The Library is now open!

Masks are no longer required inside the Library, but masks are available at the Circulation Desk if requested.

  • Sanitation protocols will be in effect
  • One hour limit on computer use (with the exception of homework, job seeking, etc.)
  • Curbside service will remain available to those that prefer it


LFOP Bookstore is Now Open

10am – 2pm      Monday — Saturday

LFOP Booktore:  We maintain the LFOP Bookstore which is located inside the Payson Public Library.   Staffing is provided entirely by volunteers.  We also offer antique and vintage books for sale on Amazon and AbeBooks.  

Stop by the Bookstore often to see what will be on sale!  Daily “Surprise Specials” will be offered throughout the summer, so be sure to stop by often and see what the sale of the day will be.  Also, be sure to check out the music and movies….inventory is always changing.  The Bookstore offers treasures galore…books, music, movies, magazines, puzzles, even T-shirts…we have them all!


BECOME A Library Friends of Payson DONOR  2021-2022     
The monies raised last year through donations contributed to our providing to the Library with 1,447 books, 206 DVDs, and 64 audio books. totaling about $50,000!  Most recently, the Library Friends funded the ongoing expansion to the Library building that will provide much needed space for community organizations’ meetings and activities.  

None of this would have been possible without YOUR continued support.  So, instead of an annual fundraiser event, we are again offering you the opportunity to become a DONOR…..

Platinum ($1000+)           Gold ($500-$999)   

  Silver ($250-$499)           Bronze ($100-$249)

Please consider becoming a 2021 Donor so that we can continue to support the Payson Public Library.  Each Donor will receive the following benefits:

  • Prominent recognition on posters and plaques throughout the Library
  • Prominent recognition in press releases, the Library Friends of Payson website, and Facebook page
  • A 1-year complimentary membership to the Library Friends of Payson along with a subscription to our Among Friends newsletter
  • Donors featured in the Library Friends newsletter

Thanks to each of these recent sponsors for their financial support:

Platinum $1000

Romaine Brophy

Bill and Ellen Olsen

Karen Heinecke

Gold $500 and above

Jon P. Coates

Larry Stephenson and Carolyn Bates

Joan Young

Silver $250 and above

Harper Law Office

Barbara Brenke and Larry Forsythe

Tonto Apache Tribe

James and Dolores Goughnour

Plant Fair Nursery, Inc

Bronze $100 and above

Stan and Linda Wilkinson

Denise Blanchette

Neil and Elisabeth Burke

Jan Owen and Carol Waymire

Payson Concrete and Materials

Smart Systems, Inc.

Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country

Art and Chris Decker

John Wurtzel


Tom and Judy Herbolsheimer

Elmer and Lynette Walters

Alice Natale

Edward and Elaine Votruba

Karen Thornton

Cliff Potts


Donor packets are available at the Front Desk of the Payson Library.  All donations are tax deductible as a charitable donation. A receipt will be provided.

For further information, email us at library_friends@hotmail.com or call the Library at 928-472-9260.



We are thrilled to be offering our monthly General Meetings again after a very long pause.

On Monday, August 15, 2022, the Library Friends of Payson are pleased to welcome back Cameron Mower, Eastern Arizona College assistant professor of biology, who will give a presentation on the reptiles and amphibians of the Rim Country. Cameron is an enthusiastic instructor of classes on the flora and fauna of Arizona. His love of nature extends back to his childhood, where he grew up on a ranch in New Mexico.

Cameron will introduce us to the variety of herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) in the Rim Country and help us understand their unique physiology and role in our ecosystem. We will learn how to identify several common reptiles and amphibians by sight, and a few amphibians by sound. Cameron will share with us some websites with pictures and recordings of our reptiles and amphibians here in Arizona. Amphibian populations are declining at alarming rates across the globe, with Arizona being no exception. Cameron will share some ideas about what we can do to help protect these sensitive animals here in our state.

The Library Friends of Payson presentation for the community, which is held in the expanded community room of the library, will start with a short business meeting at 10:00 a.m.; the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the presentation. If you have any questions, please call the library at 928-474-9260.


  • AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice….in this case, we hope you choose Library Friends of Payson.
  • All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com…..then simply select Library Friends of Payson.  The donation will be made at no extra cost to you.
  • Though 0.5% is not a large donation and it isn’t intended to replace your regular charitable activities, AmazonSmile is still a great way to take advantage of a service you’re using anyway.  Once you’ve selected Library Friends of Payson,  AmazonSmile remembers your selected choice every time you log in.
  • AmazonSmile customers can now support Library Friends of Payson in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start shopping.
    1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
    2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
    3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process


Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/libraryfriendspayson

Library Friends of Payson E-Mail Address:  library_friends@hotmail.com

If you have any questions or need additional information…

please call the Payson Public Library @ 928-474-9260