About Oro Valley Public Library
On this page:
- Meeting Rooms
- Computers and WiFi
- Job Search Workstation
- Low Vision Reader
- Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library
- Thompson Seed Library
- Oro Valley Heritage Collection
- Oro Valley Historical Society
- Oro Valley Historical Society Exhibits
Please call 594-5580 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 & Study Rooms
- We have one large meeting room (capacity 100, 975 sq. ft.) . It is equipped with Induction Loop Technology to transmit sounds directly to a hearing aid's built-in wireless T-coil receiver. We have one smaller study room (capacity 8, 130 sq. ft.).
Computers & 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?
Computer classes are available on an ongoing basis. Here's a list of upcoming computer classes at this branch.
Job Search Workstation
The job search workstation is available for use in online job searching and interview preparation. Resources include Microsoft Office software, WinWay Resume software, and the Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor.
Use the job search workstation to:
- Explore careers
- Assess interests, skills and values
- Search for job openings
- Complete online applications
- Create resumes
- Write cover letters
- Learn computer and software skills
- Prepare for job interviews
- Study for GED and ESL tests
- Find help to start a business
The furniture was custom designed and handcrafted by local resident DuWayne Arneson.
Low Vision Reader
The Low Vision Reader enables those with low vision or vision impairments to read printed material. The reader provides focused lighting and magnification. Come to the library to see and try out this new reading aid device. The Low Vision Reader was funded by the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library.
In June 2001 ground was broken for the Oro Valley Public Library. The new 15,000 square foot library held its grand opening on August 17, 2002. The library opened with a collection of 63,000 items including books, magazines, and CDs available for check out.
The $5.1 million cost included the site, the building, computers, furnishings and the books and other materials for check out. About $2 million came from Pima County with the remainder raised by bonds from the Town of Oro Valley. Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library raised more than $100,000 for the library prior to its opening. Later, a special raffle was held to put a roof on the library's patio.
In 2012, the Oro Valley Town Council voted to merge Oro Valley Library with Pima County Public Library (PCPL) so that it became PCPL's 28th library location.
Computer Classroom upgrades at the Oro Valley Branch Library were made possible by a very generous donation from John & Joyce Nichols II to the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library. The Computer Classroom was originally made possible by a very generous grant of $26,200 from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Agency under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and a $50,000 commitment from the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library.
Friends of the Oro Valley Library
The Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library was incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in June 2001. Friends' members are volunteers who care about our library and are working to help make it even better. The group raises funds for the library furnishings, programs, and services. The Friends' are responsible for the updated computers in Oro Valley Branch Library's computer classroom and sponsor, in part, the wireless printing service available in the branch.
Friends activities include two annual booksales in the library and an annual a dinner called "Supper in the Stacks" to honor the many volunteers who help the library.
Thompson Seed Library
“Gardening is a way to show that you believe in tomorrow.”
—Raymond F. Thompson, Jr.
The Oro Valley Public Library is the location of the Thompson Seed Library. Pima County Public Library's seed lending library is a collection of edible, decorative, and herb seed varieties that community members may borrow, use to grow plants at home, and then return a portion of the seeds they harvest at the end of the season. Over time, the seed library's collection has become self-sustaining and, most importantly, the seeds are becoming super seeds—strong, resilient, and well adapted to Arizona's harsh climate.
The Thompson Seed Library was dedicated in honor of Raymond F. Thompson, Jr., a retired professor of modern literature at Howard University, a counselor, and a local gardener extraordinaire who suddenly passed away in April 2013. Close to $7,000 in donations to the Oro Valley Public Library and to the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library in Mr. Thompson’s memory funded the seed library.
The Oro Valley Public Library is also partnering with the Oro Valley Historical Society to highlight the varieties of heirloom seeds from Oro Valley’s pioneer days.
More about borrowing from and contributing to the Seed Library of the Pima County Public Library.
Oro Valley Heritage Collection
The Oro Valley Heritage Collection: Prehistory, History and Culture of Southern Arizona is made possible by a partnership between the Oro Valley Historical Society and the Oro Valley Public Library. The collection is supported by the Arizona State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Oro Valley Historical Society
Keeping Oro Valley History Alive
The Oro Valley Historical Society promotes research, preservation, education, and dissemination of history related to the Greater Oro Valley area. The Oro Valley Historical Society is instrumental in developing a shared sense of pride in the heritage of the Greater Oro Valley area. A video of the History of Oro Valley, produced by Bill Adler, is available for checkout at the Library, Determining Our Destiny: Oro Valley's Heritage, call number - Local Author DVD 979.177.
Learn more about the Oro Valley Historical Society.
Oro Valley Historical Society Exhibits
The Oro Valley Library, in partnership with The Oro Valley Historical Society, features revolving historical exhibits at the library. Exhibits are displayed in cabinets generously donated by Bill Adler.
The Current Exhibit of the Oro Valley Historical Society
See past exhibits on Flickr.com