Library changes service model to minimize exposure to COVID-19

(Tucson, AZ) Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona, beginning Monday, July 20, 2020, Pima County Public Library is moving to a regionally-based model of services. The new model will continue to provide access to vital service to the community while minimizing customer and staff exposure to COVID-19.

Ten libraries will continue to provide computer use, printing, copying, and faxing services, as well as curbside pick-up:

  • Caviglia-Arivaca Library
  • Salazar-Ajo Library
  • Eckstrom-Columbus Library
  • Joyner-Green Valley Library
  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library
  • Mission Library
  • Sam Lena-South Tucson Library
  • Murphy-Wilmot Library
  • Woods Memorial Library
  • Oro Valley Public Library

The remaining libraries will continue to provide curbside pick-up and other services that can be conducted outside of the building, as there will be no public entry.

Masks are required for entry into any library buildings.

Please note, Dusenberry-River Library and El Rio Library are closed until further notice

All items need to be reserved in advance online or via Infoline at (520) 791-4010.

Library Director Amber Mathewson says, “Given Arizona’s place as a COVID-19 hotspot, the Library is proactively helping protect our customers and staff, while also providing equitable access to regional libraries. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with Pima County administration to evaluate and adjust services as needed.”

Numerous points, including population density and COVID-19 cases and statistics regarding library usage, were considered when determining which libraries will allow public entry.

“We want our community to understand that the Library is not closing,” says Deputy Director Michelle Simon. “Rather, we are moving forward with an abundance of caution and adjusting our service model in response to the pandemic.”

Customers still have access to the Library’s entire collection of more than 1.1 million items! Items need to be reserved in advance online or via Infoline at (520) 791-4010.

We’re accessible online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Download ebooks and audiobooks, stream live concerts, binge-watch documentaries, learn a language, and much more with a quick visit to our E-Library.

We can still answer your questions! Our staff are on hand to answer your questions in English or Spanish. Looking for book recommendations? Having trouble with a streaming service? Need information about educational resources for kids, your small business, community resources for food and other basics needs, or authoritative health information? Email us at AskALibrarian@pima.gov or call Infoline at (520) 791-4010.

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