Does the Library have any special collections?

At Joel D. Valdez Main Library

Cele Peterson Arizona Collection

This collection features print and non-print materials of general and popular interest on the history, culture, politics, economy, peoples, languages, geography, and natural history of Arizona with an emphasis on Southern Arizona, Pima County, and the City of Tucson. See the Cele Peterson Arizona Collection in the catalog.

Steinheimer Collection

The collection provides an unusual picture of Southwestern history, geography, and ethnology, focused through the unique prism of children's literature. See the Steinheimer Collection in the catalog.

At Oro Valley Library

Heritage Collection

The Heritage Collection was developed in 2012, thanks to a $8,300 grant from the National Institute of Museum and Library Services. The collection was initially selected in consultation with the Oro Valley Historical Society. It features nonfiction materials on the history, archeology, culture, environment, and traditions of Arizona. New materials are added to this circulating collection each year. The collection was designed to encourage area residents to develop a sense of place, especially those residents who move to Arizona from other regions of the United States. 

Local Author Collection

The Local Author Collection features donated books written by local Oro Valley residents and those of surrounding areas. This is a circulating collection, which must meet the general Collection Development guidelines.


Perspectives of the Past - Pima County Oral History Project

To celebrate Arizona's centennial, the Library interviewed longtime residents to gain perspective on how our area has changed over the last 100 years. These oral histories preserve the stories of Pima County and connect us with our past. Listen to stories from local residents online at the Arizona Memory Project.

Sonoran Heritage - A Learning Library Program

The Sonoran Heritage Collection is a series of learning packets, materials and resources, media, and posters released in the late 1970s and early 1980s by the Tucson Public Library. This program was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was designed to explore the history, culture, and peoples of the Sonoran desert region of Arizona and Mexico. Topics include "Clothes and Costumers," "Play," "Power," "Shelter," "Family," "Work," "Genius," and "Destiny."

Writers of the Purple Sage: Origins of a National Myth

Digitized collection of packets that explore the effects the myths, values, and stereotypes transmitted in the early popular literature of the region continue of have on literature and life in the Southwest. See Writers of the Purple Sage: Origins of a National Myth.

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