Mesa Public Libraries and Programs
There are three public libraries in Mesa and all three are part of the city's overall library system. The main library is called Mesa Public Library and is located at 64 E. First Street. There are two other branches, which are the Dobson Ranch Branch, located at 2425 S. Dobson Road and East Mesa Regional Library, located at 635 N. Power Road. The library also operates an online system, so you can make use of their resources even if you can't physically get to a library. The library's site is www.mesalibrary.org.
The libraries in Mesa open at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. The library closes at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All library branches are closed on Sundays. There are ongoing reading programs for adults and kids just for starters.
Many of the library's resources are free to use or attend, but you do need a card to check out books and use some resources. If you live, work, attend school or own property in Maricopa County the card is free. If you do not live, work or own property there, the card costs $40.
There are a wide variety of programs for all age groups and many interest areas. There are special speakers, classes for things like computer usage, and the always classic story time for kids. Each library has its own website and schedule, but you may see a combined schedule at the main library's website. At times, authors will come in to speak about their published books and occasionally an artist displays their artwork at various library branches.
The library has books, as well as video and audio recordings for check out, but you are not limited to just checking out books. The public libraries also have a "stuff-brary" where you may check out a croquet set, a bicycle lock or a special cake pan. There are many shapes of cake pans available for check out, such as Walt Disney Characters or Smurfs styles. The main library also has a 14-item bag of pieces of equipment that can be used for play at the park. For additional information on the City of Mesa resources and businesses, visit www.mesa.com.