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Meeting Room

Please call 594-5345 for more information and to reserve the meeting room. Please read our Meeting Room Policy (PDF). See meeting rooms available at other library locations.

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Meeting Room
One meeting room with a sink and with a capacity of 75 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

Portrait of Katie Dusenberry

The Dusenberry-River Branch Library opened in January of 1991 with 9,200 square feet. It was the 17th library to open, and one of two libraries - Dusenberry and Kirk-Bear Canyon - to be located in a shopping center. The River Center is a one-stop shopping destination, with a Walgreens, several restaurants, a veterinarian clinic, salon and day spa and more.

It is named after Kathryn "Katie" Norton Dusenberry, a long-time Tucson resident and business owner who has served the public in many capacities. Born in Phoenix in 1924, Dusenberry's family moved to Tucson when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Tucson High School, attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a BS degree in Nutrition and Hospital Dietetics from Iowa State University in 1946.

Her first job was at Tucson Medical Center as an assistant dietician. She and her husband, Bruce E. Dusenberry, own Horizon Moving Systems, Inc. together with their son, Bruce L. She and her husband worked together in the business until their retirement in 1997.

Katie served on the Tucson Unified School Board for 11 years in the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Later, she was elected as a Republican to the Pima County Board of Supervisors for two terms (1977-1985). She served 8 years on the Federal Council on Aging as an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, and she was appointed by Arizona governors to serve on the Arizona Arts Commission and the Arizona Department of Transportation Board (1997 to 2002).

Dusenberry has been active in many organizations throughout the years and has received numerous awards, such as being named Tucson's Woman of the Year in 1968 and receiving an Outstanding Business Women's Award from the UA College of Business.

The Dusenberry-River Branch Library serves north-central Tucson, averaging 20,000 visitors monthly. This rapidly growing area is comprised primarily of middle-income families that represent a wide diversity of local and international cultures.

Customers can appreciate a wide variety of educational programs for adults, two library-sponsored book discussion groups, computers and Wi-Fi access for the public, and a number of enjoyable activities for children and teens. The meeting room is well-used by area organizations, and its displays of local happenings are consulted regularly.

The interior of the library was remodeled in 2008 to provide easier access for disabled customers, new interior paint and new carpeting, a combined circulation and information desk so customers have to go to only one desk, and new electrical outlets for charging laptops at the Wi-Fi stations.

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Seed Library of Pima County Public Library

Seed Library

The Dusenberry-River Library is a Seed Library location. 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.

More about borrowing from and contributing to the Seed Library of the Pima County Public Library.

 

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