Pay Your Library Fines with Canned Food Donations

Pay Your Library Fines with Canned Food Donations

National Library Week 2016 is April 10th – April 16th and the Phoenix Public Libraries is celebrating by once again helping you get out of debt – at least when it comes to overdue books.

Yes, it’s the time of year you’ve been waiting for! Come into any of 17 Phoenix Public Library locations from April 9th to April 23rd with canned or non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and the library will wipe out any outstanding fines.

During “Food for Fines,” you’ll receive a 50-cent credit per canned or non-perishable food toward your library fines. For the fourth straight year, Phoenix Public Libraries have decided to raise the maximum total of fines that can be paid with donated food to as much as $75! And also this year, “Food for Fines” will also apply not only to outstanding fines but to lost items or collections as well.

The program has collected more than 30,000 pounds of food for Arizona’s hungry last year and as much as 50,000 pounds in past years – so we know you’ve been waiting for this chance to come correct with your favorite librarian! The 13 library branches taking part in the “Food for Fines” program that benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance include:

Burton Barr Main Branch – 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
Agave – 23550 North 36th Avenue, Phoenix
Century – 1750 East Highland Avenue, Phoenix
Cesar Chavez – 3635 West Baseline Road, Laveen
Cholla – 10050 Metro Parkway East, Phoenix
Desert Sage – 7602 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix
Harmon – 1325 South 5th Avenue, Phoenix
Ironwood – 4333 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ
Ocotillo – 102 West Southern Avenue, Phoenix AZ
Palo Verde – 4402 North 51st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Saguaro – 2808 North 46th Street, Phoenix, AZ
South Mountain – 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ
Yucca – 5648 North 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

For more information on “Food for Fines” or for a listing of the new Phoenix Library operating hours, log on to