We’re Pima County Public Library.

For more than 100 years, we have been here for people just like you. Today, in our libraries, online, or out in the community, our dedicated staff and volunteers are always looking ahead to help you find what you’re looking for. Every day we’re making our mission a reality by educating and connecting people and inspiring ideas.

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Holly Schaffer
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Facts & Figures

Director: Amber Mathewson
Administration Contact: 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, Ariz. 85701
First Library: The Carnegie Free Library, founded in 1883
Total Staff: 549
Population Served: Approximately 1 million
Library Cardholders: 385,557
Collection: 1.1 million items

Fiscal Year 2016-2017
Visitors: 4.9 million
Physical Checkouts: 4.6 million items
Digital Downloads: 985,151 eBooks, audiobooks, music, and magazines
Website Visits: 5.5 million

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Awards & Honors

  • 2018 - Top Innovator in Race and Social Equity (Library Restorative Practices for Youth), Urban Libraries Council
  • 2018 - American Library Association's 2018 Leadership Institute - Kassy Rodeheaver
  • 2018 (June 11) Actively Caring Humans Award (Cor Foundation Inc.) - Read to a Dog Program
  • 2017 Best of Tucson (Tucson Weekly) Runner Up - Best Storytime Himmel Park Library
  • 2017 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Presidential Citation Award - Margie Farmer
  • 2016 Arizona Daily Star Readers' Choice Winner - Best Arts/Cultural Education Program
  • 2016 Arizona Daily Star Readers' Choice Favorite - Best Adult Education/Enrichment Classes
  • 2016 American Library Association's 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders - Bethany Wilson
  • 2016 Movers & Shakers: Community Builders - Karen Greene
  • 2016 AzLA Service Award: Sharon G. Womack Outstanding Library Technician Award - Rebecca Bommersbach
  • 2016 AzLA Service Award: Outstanding Library Services - Susannah Connor
  • 2015 AzLA Service Award: Outstanding Library Services - Richard DiRusso
  • 2015 AzLA Service Award: Outstanding Youth Services Librarian - Kendra Davey
  • 2014 National Medal for Museum & Library Service Finalist
  • 2014 Urban Libraries Council Honorable Mention - Santa Rosa Snack Program
  • 2014 Movers & Shakers: Community Builders - Justine Hernandez
  • 2014 AzLA Service Award: Outstanding Library Services - Tara Foxx-Lupo
  • 2014 AzLA Service Award: Rosenzweig Distinguished Services - Tom Farmer
  • 2013 Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator - Library Nurse Program
  • 2013 AzLA Service Award: Emerging Leader Award - Kassy Rodeheaver
  • 2013 AzLA Service Award: Outreach Services Award - Toby Wehner
  • 2013 AzLA Service Award: Outstanding Youth Servies Librarian Award - Jennifer Nichols
  • 2012 Institute of Museum and Library Services Learning Labs Grantee
  • 2012 Movers & Shakers: Tech Leaders - Lisa Bunker

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