3rd Floor Reference at Joel D. Valdez Main Library Has a New Look!

We’ve done some rearranging on the 3rd Floor at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, and it looks fantastic! Our Reference Collection has shifted a bit, making room for additions to our Cele Peterson Arizona Collection.

photo of Cele Peterson Arizona Collection at Joel D. Valdez Main LibraryThe Cele Peterson Arizona Collection features print and non-print reference materials of general and popular interest on the history, culture, politics, economy, peoples, languages, geography, and natural history of Arizona with an emphasis on southern Arizona and Pima County. Fictional and other literary works that reflect the culture, history, or environment of Arizona are also included. Although materials in the Arizona Collection do not check out, they are available for reference and research.  Photocopiers are available to copy information, and in some instances, circulating copies may be reserved for checkout.

The Reference Collection has materials of general informational content, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and atlases. You will also find medical information, car repair manuals, and art and music history.

photo of Joel D. Valdez Main Library Reference CollectionLooking for historical or genealogical information about Tucson?  Our ‘specialized’ Reference materials include current and historical Tucson Telephone Directories, along with the Cole and Polk City Directories (also called reverse or criss-cross directories). Looking for obituaries or old newspaper articles? Find them using microfilm. We have the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Citizen dating to the late 1800’s!

Next time you are at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, please take some time to visit the 3rd Floor and see what our Reference Collection has to offer you!