About Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library
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Please call 594-5420 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 Room
- The meeting room seats 100 people and includes tables, chairs, a television,VCR, DVD player and a microphone. It is equipped with Induction Loop Technology to transmit sounds directly to a hearing aid's built-in wireless T-coil receiver.
Computers, Computer Classes 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?
Please see the Computer Classes page for a listing of classes offered.
Murphy-Wilmot Branch History & Architecture
Designed in 1964 by Nicholas Sakellar and Associates, Wilmot Library reflects his style of modern design in desert settings. Clean horizontal lines, clerestory windows, and extended overhangs create the illusion of a roof floating above an inviting, shaded oasis. The interior has an open, spacious view segmented with low dividers and a unique sunken reading area. A special architectural feature is a carved arch sculpture over the entrance doors created by Tucson sculptor James Savage. The symbolic carvings reflect man's progress in knowledge.
Watch the KUAT video on the architectural significance of Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library.
Opening for service September 21, 1965, Wilmot was the third library building constructed in Tucson at a total cost of $406,730 for the 15,550 sq. ft. regional branch. In 1966 the Wilmot Branch Library and its architect were selected as one of eleven winners of a biennial national architectural award for "distinguished accomplishment in library architecture" sponsored by the American Institute of Architects in cooperation with the American Library Association. In a 1997 Arizona Daily Star reader's survey, the Wilmot branch was selected as one of Tucson's top 25 architectural landmarks (#22.)
An addition, designed by Dino Sakellar, was completed in 1983 increasing the buildings size to 19,000 sq. ft. The Wilmot Branch Library, located in east central Tucson next to St. Joseph's Hospital, is open over 60 hours a week and has a staff of 39 people waiting to assist you.