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Meeting Rooms

Please call 594-5295 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:
This room is 1000 sq. ft. and accommodates 100 people. Includes a sink. The room is equipped with Induction Loop Technology to transmit sounds directly to a hearing aid's built-in wireless T-coil receiver.
Small Meeting Room:
This room accommodates 12 people.

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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?

We offer free computer classes. Call 594-5295 for more information.

History

In 1963, a group of Green Valley residents, led by Coral Olin, started what has become the Conrad-Joyner Green Valley Library of today. The library got its humble start in two closets of a volunteer's apartment, with 50 books loaned by the Tucson Library County Extension Division. Outgrowing the closets, the library moved to a room in the old Fire Department, and then to apartments on Paseo Pena.

Then in 1973 a county bond was passed providing funds to build a permanent facility and it formally joined the Tucson-Pima Public Library System a year later. It finally got its permanent home, with the support of then-Pima County Supervisor Conrad Joyner, and construction was completed in 1976. However, the library continued to share the facility with the Pima County Sheriff's Department and the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles for several years before becoming the building's sole occupant.

In 1986, a joint city-county bond was passed in order to provide funds for library expansion. Completed in 1990, the expansion doubled the size of the library to 10,000 square feet. At that time, the library was renamed in honor of former County Supervisor Conrad Joyner. The Friends donated three ornamental portal facades to enhance the entryway to the library. Bisbee artist Bobb Boucher designed the facades that depict the history, flora and fauna of the Southwest. Additionally, the Friends donated an outdoor reading patio that creates a quiet oasis for library readers.

The Joyner-Green Valley branch library was remodeled in 2001 to make space for a computer lab, a new conference room, a larger bookstore and additional parking spaces. The roughly $400,000 project expanded the building by 2,000 square feet, and was made possible by a donation from the Kohl Family Foundation, Friends of the Green Valley Library - which raised more than $100,000 toward the project - and other local donors.

The computer lab now houses 20 computers, a small meeting room and the Friends' used bookstore. On display next to the computer lab is the Green Valley History Collection.

Public Art

Mural

Complete mural

The mural in the children's area was completed by artist Bobb Vann. It was commissioned by the Friends of the Green Valley Library and completed in November 2002.

Bobb Vann was born in Philadelphia, and now resides in Tubac, Arizona. He has been an art director, art show judge and art teacher.


Garden Table with Blue Cloth, Blue Chair

garden table with blue cloth, blue chair

This oil painting by artist Joseph O'Sickey was donated by a Green Valley resident. The painting, which is 6 feet by 8 feet, depicts the artist's garden in Ohio, where he is from. Joseph O'Sickey was the recipient of a 2013 Governor's Award for the Arts.


Desert Life Mosaic Project

Photo of mosaics

During the summer of 2006, a community mosaic - the Desert Life Mosaic Project - was funded by the Friends of the Green Valley Library to provide art inside the Green Valley Library. More than 75 individual mosaics of desert wildlife, including cacti, scorpions, snakes etc., were completed as an intergenerational art project with area residents from ages 4 to 74.


Ornamental Arches

Photo of ornamental arches

The ornamental arches were designed and built by scupltor Rob Boucher. Boucher was commissioned by the Friends of the Green Valley Library, and the arches were completed in 1989.

"The romanesque portals, with a southwestern slant, sported a totemic desert mural replete with a big horn ram forming the volute at the spring line, and a fish hook barrel cactus in an agave fruit cup below." - from the sculptor's website.

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Friends of the Green Valley Library

The Friends of the Green Valley Library is an active organization which runs a used bookstore inside the library six days a week. The Friends' Quarterly Newsletter reaches several thousand Green Valleyans and has been instrumental in gathering funds for enhancing the building's facade, as well as encouraging community donations for library items not covered by the Library budget. Find out more...

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Local History Archive

Contact Information

Local History Archive members

For information about the Local History Archive, please call 520-594-5295.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Special Collection, Local History Archive at Joyner-Green Valley Library is to:

  • Collect documentary materials relevant to the history of Green Valley, Sahuarita, and southern Pima County to be used for research, education, and exhibition
  • Develop a list of community resources and actively solicit relevant contributions
  • Organize, preserve, and maintain materials for maximum accessibility.

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History Collection

Collection Purpose and Content

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The Green Valley Area History Collection will provide a forum to engage in the discovery and understanding of the cultural heritage, natural history and unique lifestyle of the Santa Cruz River Valley. The Collection will consist of primary and secondary resource materials, which pertain to Green Valley, Amado, Sahuarita, Elephant Head, Madera Canyon, Magee Ranch and other communities and settlements in the Green Valley area. The topical focus will be the history, culture and social fabric, politics, economy, peoples, languages, literature, geography and natural history of Santa Cruz River Valley. Donations of relevant materials are welcomed, within in the space constraints of the collection, and with a signed Deed of Gift.

The collection includes primary resource documents, secondary materials, newspaper and magazine articles, directories, photographs, maps and other printed materials related to the Green Valley area. Materials will be included in the collection for their intrinsic historical value. Fiction and other literary works which meet the Library's collection development standard for its general collections will be collected when the story is primarily one concerning the Green Valley Area.

Definition of the Collection
Inclusions
Monographs and other primary source materials including photographs when related to the Santa Cruz River Valley.
Printed secondary resource materials.
Fiction and other ddterary works (in print format) as described above.
Video-recordings, compact discs, and cassettes with an emphasis on Southern Pima County.
Exclusions
Materials written by Green Valley area authors, when the contents are not about the Southern Pima County area.

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Service

The Green Valley Area History Collection is housed at the Joyner-Green Valley Library and is available for use by the public during all hours the building is open. All materials must be used in the library and may not be removed from the building.

Service given by library staff and history collection volunteers to patrons in the Green Valley Area History Collection is comparable to that given in the general reference collection. Library staff will suggest titles, make materials available, guide patrons in the use of the collection, and answer reference questions using the collection.

When our resources are not adequate to answer patrons' needs, we may contact, or refer patrons to, other agencies in the community such as the Arizona Historical Society, Special Collections at the University of Arizona Library, the Arizona State Museum, and the City of Tucson Archives.

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