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

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

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Director/Payson Public Library: Emily Linkey
Assistant Manager: Elaine Votruba


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The Library Friends of Payson, Inc

MISSION:  The Library Friends of Payson, Inc., is a private, nonprofit 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.

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

We have evolved from just providing books -- to purchasing computers and other equipment & funding Public Library programs that would not otherwise be covered in its Town and County budget.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE: We offer a Free Library Services for Homebound Individuals - through our "Library Buddy Program." We also purchase books and supplies for Payson Public Library.

PROJECTS WE SPONSOR:  We are an Annual Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Business  Showcase participant.

We maintain the LFOP bookstore (a used bookstore in the Payson Public Library). Staffing is done entirely by volunteers.


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On Monday, September 15, the Library Friends of Payson are pleased to have Emily Linkey, a 5th generation resident of Arizona and dedicated director of the Payson Public Library, speak about the variety of library services currently available, as well as her vision of libraries in the future. Linkey hopes to encourage more members of the community to visit the library, including pre-schoolers, students of all ages, seniors, parents and teachers. She welcomes input from the community about how the library can better serve the people of Payson.

The public is cordially invited to attend this gathering in the library community room beginning with a short business meeting at 10 a.m. followed by the free one- hour program featuring Emily Linkey. We extend a special invitation to college students and parents of homeschoolers who might be interested in learning about a Spanish conversation group and other programs offered by our library. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call the library at (928) 474-9260.

Emily Linkey has a Master’s Degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona and was named director of the Payson Public Library in October 2012. Linkey, who has previously worked in libraries large and small, rural and metropolitan, says, “Payson is the perfect mix, a large beautiful library in a cool, small town that feels just big enough.”


Officers of the board of directors of the Library Friends of Payson, Inc. elected Sept. 15, 2014 are John Wilson, treasurer; Conrad Okerwall, president; Gail Hearne, vice president; and Kathy Morgan, secretary. Their term of office is from October 2014 to September 2015


A Taste of Rim Country

Here is the video of our Taste of Rim Fundraiser.

Photos By Romaine Brophy and Jack Quinn

See the video “A Taste of Rim Country” You Tube

Taste of Rim Country Sets Record

Read about it in the "Among Friends Newsletter"

Library Friends BookStore

Located inside the Payson Public Library
328 N. McLane Rd. Payson, Arizona

During August, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is staging an End-of-Summer Clearance featuring videos at the low price of 4 for $1.00 and standard paperback books priced at 6 for $1.00.  This is a great opportunity to stock up on favorite movies and authors.

Bookstore stock changes daily, so visit often.  Bookstore volunteers are always happy to see you.  The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.


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10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


10:00 AM to 8:00 PM


10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday & Major Holidays


Wireless internet access is available at all hours, on the library campus, for public convenience.




Library Closed On:

New Year's Day


Jan. 01

MLK Jr. Birthday


Jan. 20

Presidents' Day


Feb. 17

Memorial Day


May  26

Independence Day


Jul.  04

Labor Day


Sep. 01

Veterans' Day


Nov. 11

Thanksgiving Day

Thur. & Fri.

Nov. 27/28th

Christmas Day


Dec. 25


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If you have any questions or need additional information...

Please call the library @ 928•474•9260
and ask for the  "Bookstore"

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