Tucson Public Library – Name Changes

The first free library in Tucson was the "Carnegie Free Library" completed in June 1901.  This library was under the Tucson City Government and known as the "Carnegie Free Library."

On January 7, 1957 the name of the "Carnegie Free Library" (Tucson) was changed to "Tucson Public Library" by the city council.  (Resolution #3533.)

Then in 1990 the "Tucson Public Library" name was changed to the "Tucson-Pima Public Library."  Although the library was still under the Tucson City Government, this name change was done to reflect an increased county role in the library system.

The library was acquired by Pima County Government in July 2006.  On November 14, 2006 the name was changed to "Pima County Public Library, opens a new window."

Carnegie Free Library
June 1901-January 7, 1957
Tucson Public Library (TPL)
January 7, 1957 to 1990
Tucson-Pima Public Library (TPPL)
1990 to November 14, 2006
Pima County Public Library (PCPL)
November 14, 2006


"County settle two lawsuits, buys flood-damaged home, opens a new window." Arizona Daily Star. November 15, 2006. Page B2.

"City library director plans to resign, cites burnout, opens a new window." Arizona Daily Star. June 19, 1991.

"Councilmen rechristen the library." Arizona Daily Star. January 8, 1957. Page B1 and Staff notes.

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