About Nanini Branch Library
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- Large Meeting Room
- Occupancy: 95 with chairs, 50 with tables and chairs
- Amenities: chairs, tables, lectern, chalkboard, projection screen, and a free-standing microphone.
- Conference Room
- Occupancy: 12
- Amenities: one large conference table, Whiteboard with dry-erase markers available.
Computers and WiFi
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The Nanini Branch Library is in an unincorporated part of Pima County. According to the Arizona Department of Commerce, Pima County was one of the original four Arizona counties. It was created in 1864 and included all the land acquired in the Gadsen Purchase. Today Pima County consists of 9184 square miles and has a population (2002) of 890,545 people. The four largest cities are Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley and Marana.
Bill and Rosemary Nanini, longtime local residents and philanthropists, donated the land for the library in 1978. The donation was made with the intent of creating a government center for the residents of the northern part of Pima County. The building dedication ceremony was held on October 6, 1979. (The library had opened earlier on September 25.)
The building was constructed with funds approved in a special bond election in 1974. The library is named in honor of Sam and Giaconda Nanini, Bill Nanini's parents. At that time the building contained a total of 11750 square feet, with the possibility for future expansion. An example of energy efficiency, it had three flat plate solar collectors to heat its own water.
On November 7, 1988 the ceremony for the groundbreaking for the expansion of the library took place. The new design concept was to make "the library a celebration of natural light and spatial excitement" and "to respond to the site's unique views." In addition, the new entrance was to have "a more festive sequence of structural steel forms announcing the spatial playfulness of the lobby and library." The new building, housing both the library and the Sheriff's substation, would be 20,600 square feet. During the expansion the library was relocated to a shopping mall on Ina Road.
Today the library is indeed set in a natural desert landscape. Two freestanding metal arches guide the visitor to the arched entryway. The lobby contains display space and bulletin boards. To the left are a meeting room, a conference room, and a hallway to the Sheriff's office. From the lobby you turn a little to the right to enter the library itself. Large windows not only bring in light but also provide wonderful views of the mountains and the beauty of the desert.
The center of the library houses the Information Desk, study tables, PCs, adult nonfiction and new books. To the right as you enter is the children's section. The zigs and zags of the building design by the windows create niches for special areas such as that for teens. The shelves of adult fiction and audiovisual materials are located just past the study tables in the center of the library.
The above history of the library originally appeared in the October 2003 edition of the AZLA Arizona Library Association Newsletter (Vol. 36, Number 9) and was written by Louis Howley.