History of Pima County Public Library

Carnegie Library, front view, circa 1905

For more than 100 years, Pima County Public Library has been here for people just like you. Today, in our libraries, online, or out in the community, our dedicated staff and volunteers are here to help you find what you're looking for. Every day we're making our mission a reality by educating, connecting, and inspiring people. Headquartered in […]

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Inauguration in the United States

Black and white photograph of the fourth inaugural speech of Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House.

Every man elected to the office of President of the United States has historically been involved in an inauguration. Sometimes, that merely includes a swearing-in, in which the incoming President and Vice President are given the Oath of Office by a judicial officer. This happens most often when a Vice President must be sworn in […]

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Banshees and Cozy Friendships


With the recent return of BBC’s Sherlock TV show, there's nothing that warms the heart this winter season like snarky detectives and their underrated assistants. William Ritter’s Jackaby is the first installment about a man who can see the supernatural who teams up with a woman who can deduce from ordinary details. Jackaby and Abigail […]

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New Citizens, at Your Library

Today our Eckstrom-Columbus Library welcomed new citizens from Chile, China, the Philippines, Tanzania, Mauritania, Ukraine, Mexico and the United Kingdom. For information on how you can become a United States citizen, drop in at one of these Immigration Questions Answered in Person events. The first one will be on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 between 4:00 and 6:00 […]

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A Heartfelt Thank You

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As always, we are in awe of our Pima County Public Library community! Your generous response to the call for donations and supplies to benefit the homeless animals at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) stuffed the van - literally. Thirteen libraries throughout Pima County hosted the drive, which was held from December 12-24, and netted […]

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Stephen Foster: America’s First Man of Music


January 13th is Stephen Foster Day! Stephen Collins Foster was literally born on the Fourth of July (in 1826), which makes him a perfect representation of America in song (though that would later be taken over by George M. Cohan, himself also born on July 4—he even wrote a song about it). Chances are, you’ve […]

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Love Letter to My Library: Rosalia Pierre

Photograph of Tucson resident Rosalia Pierre

We're grateful to Rosalia Pierre for taking the time to submit this Love Letter. Why I love my library: My relationship with libraries goes back to elementary school in rural New Mexico. Books became my mentors, my view to a wide world, knowledge, and entertainment. Wherever I went I made sure my family had access […]

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Read Harder Challenge – Looking forward to 2017

Read Harder Book Challenge

Finally finished with the last month of reading challenges for 2016 and looking forward to next year's challenge. In December we were challenged to read a play, and a book about or containing a character with mental illness. Karen: I can't believe I made it through the entire challenge. I will definitely say my reading selections have […]

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Volunteer at the Festival


Tucson Festival of Books is the third largest book festival in the country. The success of the Festival is, in large part, to Festival volunteers. This year the Festival is going to be better than ever, and we need your help. What’s the Festival all about? At Tucson Festival of Books, book lovers get to interact […]

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