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
Community Relations Manager

Facts & Figures

Director: Amber Mathewson
Administration Contact:
101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, Ariz. 85701
First Library: See Library History
Total Staff: 466
Population Served: 1,043,443
Library Cardholders: 320,486
Collection: 1,113,473 items

Fiscal Year 2020-2021

  • Visitors: 440,670
  • Physical Checkouts: 1,561,731
  • Digital Downloads and Streaming: 2,319,944 eBooks, audiobooks, music, and magazines
  • Website Visits: 4,070,259

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Excitement had me gasping for air

"This work, these people, make me a better woman-librarian-manager-member of society." - Tenecia P.

A library state of mind

"Empowered—what a wacky word. It makes me think of charged up electronics, but it means something else in the library." - Ellery P.

We are helping them forge a better path

"What brought them here does not erase the hope, promise and ambition that lives in every young person." - Stephanie M.

Some of my favorite things about Pima County Public Library

"I can check out seeds to grow a garden. While I’m there, I can also check out a book to learn more about southwest gardening." - Belinda L.


We send eNewsletters to new cardholders and others based on their library activity. These eNewsletters are automatic, and you have the option to opt out of receiving future emails.

Ignite eNewsletters

We also offer two industry-specific newsletters as part of our Ignite services:

  • Business Tools & Resources Email Newsletter
  • Grant Opportunities Email Newsletter

Visit the Ignite page to find out more and sign up.

Tell Us Your Story

Help us tell the Library's story by telling us your story!

People tell us all the time that the Library has had a positive impact on their lives.

Consider sharing your library story with us. We may use your testimonial in a number of ways to communicate the value of the library to others.

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  • 2021: Cultural Best Project Award from Engineering News Record, Sahuarita Library
  • 2021: American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Regional Design Award for Distinguished Architecture, Flowing Wells Library
  • 2020: Merit Award, Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Flowing Wells Library
  • 2020: District 2 Thank an Essential Worker Campaign: Brandon Milligan, Delivery Manager
  • 2020: District 2 Community Leadership Award: Mary Sanchez, Eckstrom-Columbus Library
  • 2020: District 2 Community Leadership Award: Tenecia Phillips, Sahuarita Library
  • 2020: District 2 Community Leadership Award: Dana Moore, Quincie Douglas Library
  • 2020: Women of Influence Award, Finalist: Kristi Bradford, Nanini Library
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