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The Pima County Public Library is a system of 26 libraries operated by Pima County in Tucson, Arizona. The mission of the Pima County Public Library is to enrich lives and build community through providing opportunities to learn, know and interact. As such, it offers free access to library resources in an atmosphere that fosters respect, intellectual freedom and diversity. It acts as a forum for information and ideas by forging strong community partnerships. And through its numerous programs for children, teens and adults, it provides a foundation for life-long learning.

Our Collection Includes

The nationally-recognized Grants & Nonprofit Info Center is Southern Arizona's comprehensive resource on grant seeking, fundraising, proposal writing, nonprofit management, and local educational opportunities.

The Business Collection provides entrepreneurs, small businesses, job seekers, and investors with key research and decision-making resources. Materials include directories, statistical reports and electronic databases. The collection specializes in local, national, and international company and industry information.

Cele Peterson Arizona Collection features print and non-print materials of general and popular interest on the history, culture, politics, economy, peoples, languages, geography, and natural history of Arizona with an emphasis on Southern Arizona, Pima County, and the City of Tucson. Fictional and other literary works that reflect the culture, history, or environment of Tucson or Southern Arizona are also included. Arizona Collection materials do not check out from the library. Please ask for assistance at the 3rd floor reference desk.

Elizabeth B. Steinheimer Collection of Children's Materials on the Southwest was established as a memorial by the Steinheimer family. The collection provides a unique picture of children's literature of the Southwest. The materials reflect the diversity of the Southwest and the eras in which they were published. The collection is intended to be as comprehensive and complete as possible. No judgment is placed on the material for literary excellence, appropriate library format, accurate interpretations or other common measures of criticism used to determine the merit of children's materials. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction, print and non-print materials. The collection was established in 1979, and is housed on the 3rd floor of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Steinheimer materials do not check out. Please ask for assistance at the reference desk. The Government Collection features local, state, and federal government publications, including statistical and legal resources such as laws, plans, budgets, census data, and public comment documents. Staff also maintains Internet links to sites for government officials and agencies. The Main Library is a Federal Depository Library, receiving approximately 12% of available federal documents. We are also a State Data Center affiliate.

Tucson Museum of Art - In 2005, Pima County Public Library received LSTA grant funding to add and index the Tucson Museum of Art’s Library's paper catalog into the library's online catalog. Over 12,000 books and other items on art and related subjects in the Tucson Museum of Art Library are fully indexed in our catalog. History

The first library opened in Tucson in 1883 in an upper story of then-City Hall, but quickly grew with a $25,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie and opened its own doors in 1901. The library system began offering services county-wide in 1945, and the following year the first branch opened. The library system grew rapidly in the 1960s and 70s, and continues to add branches to its present-day size of 26 branch libraries and one Bookmobile.

Contributed Collections

Pima County Public Library
101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701

Rights & Reproduction

Copyright to this resource is held by the Arizona Historical Society and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be downloaded, reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the Arizona Historical Society. For permission to use these materials, contact Pima County Public Library.

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