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.

Photo of Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
Exterior of Kirk-Bear Canyon Library

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.