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

Click Here to Explore the History of the Payson Public Library


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.

Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday, October 17th, 2022.  Amy Burnett from Arizona Game and Fish will present a program about “Living with Wildlife in Rim Country.”  Living with wildlife can mean watching woodpeckers in your backyard, or dealing with bats roosting under the eaves of your roof.  Over the centuries, wildlife behaviour hasn’t really changed, but human behaviour has.  Amy will discuss current issues in wildlife management in the Rim Country and beyond, which usually involves more “people” than wildlife management.  Learn why feeding elk in your neighborhood is creating dangerous situations for both people and elk, and what steps you can take to keep wildlife wild.

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