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Meeting Rooms

Photo of Columbus Branch Library interior

Please call 594-5285 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).

Large Meeting Room
Our meeting room has the following amenities: chairs, tables, lectern, TV with VCR, combo whiteboard/projection screen, and portable whiteboard. It is equipped with Induction Loop Technology to transmit sounds directly to a hearing aid's built-in wireless T-coil receiver. The room capacity is 60.
Small Meeting Room
Our small meeting room has the following amenities: chairs, tables, portable whiteboard, and floor outlets. The room capacity is 44.

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?

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Who is Dan Eckstrom?

Photograph of Dan Eckstrom

Dan Eckstrom is a native of South Tucson, Arizona, whose career in public service began in 1971 with his election to the South Tucson City Council at the age of 23. In 1973 he was re-elected and chosen as Mayor - a post he retained for the next 15 years.

He was appointed to the Pima County Board of Supervisors in May 1988, and was re-elected to the Board four times, until his retirement in September 2003.

Mr. Eckstrom's 32 years of service have been characterized by his commitment to improving the community through economic development, public service enhancements and strong advocacy of libraries. His list of achievements is extensive: State of Arizona Minority Business Advocate of the Year, Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans, service on federal commissions, recipient of the University of Arizona Alumni Association's Distinguished Citizens Award, and his induction into the Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame.

Even in retirement, he continues his service by working with community and faith-based initiatives and organizations.

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History

  • Grand opening: July 25, 1977
  • Cost to build and furnish: $1,124,304.00
  • Architect: Earl Kai Chann
  • Area: 10,000 sq.ft. with possible expansion to 15,000 sq.ft.
  • Built to allow possibility of conversion to solar power.
  • Head Librarian in 1977: Myriette Ekechukwu
  • Funds provided by a 1973 bond election.

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Mural

Santa Cruz, 1977

Jim Waid (American, b.1942)

Columbus Library Mural

Acrylic on panels, affixed to the wall, 5ft. high by 59 ft. long This picture is only a small sample of the mural.

This mural was chosen through a Tucson Commission of the Arts and Culture competition.

While contemplating the awkward proportions of the wall, Waid was inspired by the Santa Cruz River. He designed an abstract landscape to fit the space-an uninterrupted river with its changing vegetation and changing weather, "an actual, apprehensible Southwestern space that has weight but is constantly changing and renewing itself."

The design and subject also have meaning specific to the site. According to Waid: "The mural should transport and enlarge the viewer's vision through the opening of perceptual doors. The idea of opening doors is important in the sense that this is the precise purpose of a library."

From: Guide to Public Art in Tucson

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