Eckstrom-Columbus Library History

The Eckstrom-Columbus Library opened on July 25, 1977.

The library was named after Dan Eckstrom, who served on the South Tucson City Council, was the Mayor of South Tucson, and served on the Pima County Board of Supervisors from 1988 to 2003.

When the Eckstrom-Columbus Library opened it was originally 11,000 square feet. The building’s renovation and expansion project began in September 2012 and was completed eight months later. The facility is now 16,000 square feet, adding more functional and ergonomic staff work areas, as well as more computers, meeting rooms, and study rooms.

A large portion of the $1.9 million project—$1.7 million—was available because of significant cost savings from the Murphy-Wilmot Library bond project that was completed in 2011. As a result, some of the project funds were allocated to purchase a new children’s collection, materials for teens and adults, and popular books and DVDs for customers to enjoy.