Pima County Library Foundation
Pima County Library Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
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Contact the Foundation
Pima County Library Foundation
P.O. Box 13245
Tucson, AZ 85732-3245
Pima County Library Foundation web site
What We Do
The Foundation promotes and supports a community-centered public library by developing an endowment fund for long-term enhancements to promote literacy and library services at Pima County Public Library.
Join us today in this campaign for our community's cornerstone!
There are four way for you to get involved. You can:
- Make an outright gift.
- A gift of cash or stock helps to build the Pima County Library Foundation endowment, and provides you with tax benefits.
- Give a bequest.
- Your will or trust can designate that a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, or other assets be transferred to the Pima County Library Foundation.
- Establish a designated fund.
- With a significant gift, you may honor or memorialize an individual, group, or specific program.
- Set up a trust.
- There are various types of trusts. Each assures that your estate will be handled and, ultimately, passed on in the way you wish.
To join the Pima County Library Foundation Cornerstone Campaign, please fill out the Donation Form (PDF).
A Campaign for our Community's Cornerstone
The Cornerstone Campaign is built on the concept that people will join together to give back to the community. This giving will provide free, up-to-date information to our citizens, and assure that future generations will have the gifts of learning and discovery. We ask help through active participation in your community as individuals, businesses, and foundations. Join us today in this Cornerstone Campaign.
In 1883, Tucson's first public library officially opened its doors. It soon became the cornerstone of the community with free access to books, papers and periodicals. It ensured that people of all ages and from all walks of life had the opportunity to seek information and ideas in pursuit of greater knowledge and personal growth.
"The public library outranks any other one thing that a community can do to help its people." - Andrew Carnegie
The Challenge of Growth
Today, the Main Library of the Pima County Public Library system has many branches, stretching from Green Valley to Catalina. In addition to the book collection, periodicals, and multimedia, Internet access is available in all the library branches. Career development resources and homework assistance is widely available for students, and Bookmobiles deliver information to underserved communities. Its branches continue to be an essential part of neighborhoods and the communities they serve.
The rapid growth of Pima County has extended beyond the system's capacity to meet the critical information needs of this growing community. The information age is sweeping the globe, and the Pima County Library Foundation is working to ensure that our community does not get left behind.
The Solution to This Challenge
Current tax-based funding from city and county government does not provide enough money for future growth. Therefore, we must obtain private funding for long term needs and for the support of the library. The non-profit Pima County Library Foundation has answered the challenge, launching a campaign to create, develop and sustain a permanent endowment fund. Such a public-private partnership will enable the library system to improve its services to an increasingly diverse, rapidly growing population.
Improving the Library's Collections
Our library system simply cannot live up to its mission without revitalizing and expanding its collection of books and other resources. Current funding is not adequate to purchase all of the books required by library users. Cornerstone Campaign funds will be used to improve the book collection addressing the needs of children and life long learners, the growing Spanish-speaking population, and our skilled workforce.
Enhancing Technological Resources
Free access to computers and other electronic resources helps bridge the digital and information divide. People who are most in need of these resources often have the least access: children, seniors, and the underserved. Cornerstone Campaign funds will be used to supplement the resources available to keep pace with innovations that drive the digital age.