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.

Updates during the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 1, 2020 – At 5pm on March 31, 2020, the governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected executive order was put into place.  With these new restrictions, and for the safety of our community, the library will be limiting its curbside pickup service to students in need of reference or reading materials.  We are offering our collection to support families and local schools by supplying “products needed to conduct distance learning” to our community.  Parents or Students must have a library card in good standing to use this service.  We are allowing checkout of up to 10 books per student until the 30 item per library card limit is reached. To request books for students, please call the library at 928-474-9260.

The library is still accepting donations of food, medical, and hygiene supplies for the Payson Area Food Drive.


HISTORY:  Like many of Rim Country’s finest service organizations, The Library Friends of Payson was established as a grassroots effort to support the growing Payson Public Library.

We have evolved from just providing books — we now provide funds to purchase computers and other needed supplies and equipment and support Library programs that would not otherwise be covered in the Town of Payson or the Gila County library budgets.

HOMEBOUND PROGRAM:  We offer free Library services for homebound individuals.

LFOP BOOKSTORE:   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.

March offers quite bonanza of bargains at the LFOP Bookstore.  To get ready for spring, “Buy One, Get one Free” on all gardening books.  And in memory of Mary Higgins Clark, all her books are “Buy One, Get One Free” through March. There is an ever-changing selection of books for the low, low price of  50 cents, and most books are priced for $1.00.  You can also shop for a cute LFOP T-shirt in a wide variety of colors and sizes (adult sizes $15.00, kid’s sizes $12.00), and…wait, there’s more…you can even purchase a LFOP tote bag (at the bargain price of $1.50) to carry everything home in!  For that “hard to shop for” person, gift certificates are available for just $3!  Books, CDs, puzzles, T-shirts and tote bags make great gifts for that special “someone,” so next time you are at the Payson Library stop by the LFOP Bookstore and you are sure to find a wonderful buy!

BECOME A LFOP SPONSOR:         2020 Sponsorships Now Available!
This year, due to construction of our Library addition, we will not have our annual “A Taste of Rim Country” fundraiser. The monies raised last year contributed to our providing to the Library 1447 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 offering Sponsorships for 2020 at the same levels as last year’s “A Taste of Rim Country” event.

Platinum ($1000+)   Gold ($500-$999)   Silver ($250-499)   Bronze ($100-$249)

Please consider becoming a 2020 Sponsor so that we can continue to support the Payson Public Library.  Each Sponsor 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
  • Sponsorship featured in the Library Friends newsletter

Sponsor 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, message us on this page, or call the Library at 928-472-9260.


SPEAKERS AT GENERAL MEETINGS:  General Meetings are held every third Monday of the month (no meetings in July or December).  These meetings are open to the general public free of charge.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, May 18, 2020 – Regretfully, this meeting has been cancelled, due to concerns for public health during the coronavirus pandemic.  We will update you as soon as possible regarding future events.

The Library Friends of Payson presentation for the community 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 free one-hour program.  Complimentary refreshments are served.  Beginning in January 2020, these general meetings will be held in an alternate location during construction of the new meeting room.  For more information, please call the Payson 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.


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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