Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library website. Below are answers to some questions we commonly receive.


Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library is a 501(c)(3) organization and your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

Can I purchase a membership on behalf of a loved one?
Absolutely. When you make your donation, please include a note if you’d like for someone else to receive the member benefits, as well as their contact information.

Can I renew my membership online?
Yes, we accept secure credit card payments through PayPal, and you don’t need an account to donate. We will attempt to contact you before your membership is set to expire as a reminder to renew.

Are there ways to support the Friends other than memberships?
There are several indirect ways you can support the Friends:

  • Shop at AmazonSmile instead of It’s the same inventory and shopping experience, but a portion of your sale will benefit the Friends.
  • Link your Fry’s Rewards card with the Friends (we are organization number QG941) and we’ll receive donations every time you purchase groceries.
  • Purchase a mattress from Tuft & Needle using this link (or mention the Friends if shopping in-store) and the Friends will receive 25% of the purchase price.

Can I sponsor a room/piece of furniture in the Library in memory of a loved one?
Any naming rights of Library property must be approved by Scottsdale City Council. We recommend that you contact the Library directly with this request.

Book Donations/Sales

Do you accept donated books?
Unlike other library friends groups, the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library does not oversee book sales for the Library. You’ll want to contact the Library directly to see if your materials can be accepted.

Can I purchase books through the Friends?
Both the Civic Center and Mustang branches have a Library Shop where you can purchase books, movies, music, and other materials. If you become a member of the Friends, you will receive a $5.00 coupon toward your purchase.


Are events put on by the Friends open to the public?
The Friends sponsor several free events throughout the year that are open to everyone, including community members without Library cards. We also have several events that are exclusive to Friends members.

Does the Library offer events in addition to those sponsored by the Friends?
Absolutely. There is a free event at a branch of Scottsdale Public Library nearly every day of the year. Visit the library event calendar to learn more.

Library Questions

Can you help me with questions about my Library card/materials/hours of operation?
Scottsdale Public Library has a great resource for customer service called “Ask a Librarian.” You can also call 480-312-READ (7323) for assistance. Unfortunately, the Friends are unable to help with questions about your account.

Do you offer court-ordered or program-mandated community service opportunities?
While we are a volunteer-run organization, in order to receive the number of hours you are likely looking for, you may want to volunteer with the Library directly.