About Dewhirst-Catalina Branch

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Meeting Rooms

Please call 520-594-5240 for more information and to reserve the meeting rooms. Please read our Meeting Room Policy (PDF). See meeting rooms available at other library locations.

Print out a Meeting Room Use Application (PDF).

Meeting Room:
Our meeting room is 227 sq. ft. and can accommodate 10 people.

Computers and WiFi

The Library offers FREE computer and wifi use. Please see Computers Available at Your Library or WiFi at Your Library for more information. Please be sure to bring your library card! Don't have a card?

History

The Dewhirst-Catalina Branch Library opened in 1989 and is named after Iris O. Dewhirst. Dewhirst (1927-1995) served on the Pima County Board of Supervisors for one term, from 1984 to 1988, in District 1, representing the central Tucson and Foothills area. She died at age 68.

Dewhirst, a Republican, was born in Wamego, Kansas, and moved to Tucson in the late 1950s. During her term as a Supervisor, she was best known for helping to pass dozens of development-related ordinances that sought to protect Pima County's natural resources. She received several awards, including Outstanding Citizen of Tucson (1974) for work on recycling, YWCA Women on the Move (1982) and a YWCA lifetime achievement award (1994).

Almost 57,000 people visited the 2,500-square-foot library last year (2007), and the branch offered more than 200 programs to adults and children. It was the 15th branch library added to the system, and relocated to its current building in 1994.

Sources: Ex-supervisor Iris Dewhirst, 68, dies, by Chris Limberis, Arizona Daily Star, April 4, 1995, 1B.

A reference aid to library names, by Kevin M. Clerici, Arizona Daily Star, Dec. 31, 1999, 49E.

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