LIST: Valley cities offer free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests

Posted at 1:26 PM, Dec 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-21 12:35:55-05

TEMPE, AZ. — Cities across the Valley have begun implementing plans to offer free at-home COVID-19 tests at multiple locations ahead of the holidays.


DECEMBER 21 UPDATE: Officials with the City of Tempe say that they are currently out of free rapid test kits and are expecting more next week.

The City of Tempe will be providing free at-home COVID-19 rapid test kits at seven locations across the city this week, according to officials.

Starting Tuesday, December 21, anyone will be able to obtain the free kits at the locations below:

The free kits are available during business hours at each location and it is recommended that residents who plan to get a free kit check each location's hours as they may be impacted by the upcoming holidays.

Officials ask citizens to limit themselves to one kit per household. Each kit contains two tests.

Tempe officials say these test results do not qualify for holiday travel air travel.


Mesa public libraries are now distributing COVID-19 self-test kits utilizing curbside pickup.

  • Main Library, 64 E. First St.
  • Red Mountain Branch, 635 N. Power Road
  • Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Road

The tests can be picked up Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, with no appointment necessary.

Upon arrival at one at the designated spots at the three locations, officials say to call 480-644-3311. No library card is required, but recipients will need to provide a zip code, officials said.

Each kit contains two tests and officials say only one kit will be provided per person. With limited quantities, the Mesa free tests will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


For West Valley residents, you can score a free test at the Avondale Public Library — but you have to be an Avondale Library cardholder.

The BinaxNOW tests will be offered for free, but the library warns supplies are limited and cardholders will receive only one test kit each.


The Maricopa County Library District is partnering with county health officials to offer the BinaxNOW testing kits for free at all of the district's 18 libraries.

The kits will be available for curbside pickup only, and as with other cities, will be limited to one kit per family based on demand.

See the Maricopa County Library District libraries here.