Dewhirst-Catalina Library History

The Dewhirst-Catalina Library, which opened in late January or early February of 1989, is named after Iris O. Dewhirst.

Iris O. Dewhirst (1927-1995) served on the Pima County Board of Supervisors from 1984 to 1988 representing District 1. She is best known for helping to pass dozens of development-related ordinances that sought to protect Pima County's natural resources. She was born in Wamego, Kansas, and moved to Tucson in the late 1950s. During her term as a Pima County Supervisor, she was best known for helping to pass dozens of development-related ordinances that sought to protect Pima County's natural resources. She received several awards, including Outstanding Citizen of Tucson (1974) for work on recycling, YWCA Women on the Move (1982) and a YWCA lifetime achievement award (1994).

Dewhirst-Catalina was the 15th library added to the system and relocated from a rented house to its current 2,500 square foot facility on July 6, 1994.