Anything is possible at the Pima County Public Library by Holly Schaffer, Community Relations Manager, Pima County Public Library
“When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.” Author and activist Rita Mae Brown’s wise words are truer today than ever before. The faces of the nearly 15,000 people who walk through our doors remind us daily. They come seeking knowledge, inspiration, and opportunities. They come looking to start anew or to pursue a lifelong passion. They come following boundless dreams and innovative ideas.
Be it online, out in the community, or at each of our 26 libraries, Pima County Public Library proudly serves each and every person who visits us. With more than 1.2 million items in our vast collection, the Library is a destination for discovering books, downloading magazines (eBooks, music, and movies too!), and catching up on the latest news. But it’s also so much more.
We’re a creative community space where people come together to engage with one another and learn new skills. Writers of all abilities find guidance through our Writer-in-Residence Program, while locavores and gardeners meet like-minded people at workshops presented by our Seed Librarians.
We’re a 21st century classroom in which students of all ages acquire the knowledge needed to take the next step. For the retiree who wants to improve his computer skills, but can’t make it to the Library during business hours, there’s Digital Learn, an easy to use online resource. Or, for the single mother looking to improve job prospects, there’s Career Online High School to help her on her way. We’re a cultural institution offering access to the arts. Through partnerships, we make services like Culture Pass available, putting renowned performances and enriching exhibits right at your fingertips.
At the Pima County Public Library, we’re invested in our community. Programs like Storytime, Read to a Dog, and ReadStrong increase early childhood and family literacy, while our award-winning Health Nurse Program—the first of its kind in our nation—serves our most vulnerable populations.
The library is for everyone. In our staff, teens find mentors; entrepreneurs find champions; and those newly-arrived to our community find guides. This year marks an exciting anniversary as our LGBT Services Committee celebrates 20 years. Our Nuestras Raíces Team continues to highlight the cultural and linguistic treasures of our Mexican-American and Spanish-speaking community.
We’ve come a long way since 1883, when Tucson’s first public library – the Carnegie Free Library – was founded. Annually, we serve nearly 1 million people across 9,200 square miles, bringing communities together and building better futures.
For every page turned, seed planted, skill improved, or dream discovered, life begins at the Library.