Kirk-Bear Canyon Library History

The Kirk-Bear Canyon Library opened in January 1991 in a retail shopping center at the corner of Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Roads, serving both city and county residents.

The 11,200 square foot building was funded mostly by Pima County bonds approved by voters in May 1986. In 2005, the library was expanded to include a new computer lab, a teen area, more study rooms, a larger meeting room, and more seating areas for the public.

The library is named after James Lee "Jim" Kirk (1926-2003), who served three terms on the Tucson City Council and was the Pima County Treasurer for eight terms.