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Pima County Public Library, Joel D. Valdez Main Library

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Question for Ask a Librarian.

Address:[2]

201 N. Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701

Telephone:  520-594-5500

'Hours: Holiday closures

  • Mon-Wed: 9am-8pm
  • Thu: 9am-6pm
  • Fri: 9am-5pm
  • Sat: 10am-5pm
  • Sun: 1pm-5pm

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Directions[3]
    • from the Northwest via I-10 E toward Tucson:  Merge onto I-10 E toward Tucson. Take EXIT 257 toward Speedway Blvd/St Marys Rd, 0.3 mi. Merge onto N Freeway Rd, 0.1 mi. Stay straight to go onto N Freeway, 0.5 mi. Turn left onto W Saint Marys Rd, 0.4 mi. W Saint Marys Rd becomes W 6th St, 0.3 mi. Turn right onto N Stone Ave, 0.3 mi. The Joel Valdez Main Library at 101 N STONE AVE is on the right.
    • from the North via AZ-77 S / N Oracle Rd toward Tucson:  Turn onto AZ-77 S / N Oracle Rd toward Tucson. Turn left onto W Drachman St, 0.3 Turn right onto N Stone Ave, 1.1 mi. The Joel Valdez Main Library at 101 N STONE AVE is on the right.
    • from the Southeast via I-10 W toward Tucson:  Merge onto I-10 W/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway toward Tucson. Take EXIT 258 toward Congress St/St Marys Rd, 0.4 mi. Merge onto S Freeway, 0.6 mi. Turn right onto W Saint Marys Rd, 0.3 mi. W Saint Marys Rd becomes W 6th St, 0.3 mi. Turn right onto N Stone Ave, 0.3 mi. The Joel Valdez Main Library at 101 N STONE AVE is on the right.
    • from the South via I-19 N toward Tucson: Merge onto I-19 N toward Tucson. I-19 N becomes I-10 W/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway, 0.9 mi. Take EXIT 258 toward Congress St/St Marys Rd, 0.4 mi. Merge onto S Freeway, 0.6 mi. Turn right onto W Saint Marys Rd, 0.3 mi. W Saint Marys Rd becomes W 6th St, 0.3 mi. Turn right onto N Stone Ave, 0.3 mi. The Joel Valdez Main Library at 101 N STONE AVE is on the right.
    • from the West via AZ-86 E toward Tucson:  Go east on W Tucson Ajo Hwy / AZ-86 toward Tucson. Merge onto I-19 N toward I-10/Phoenix/El Paso, 2.0 mi. I-19 N becomes I-10 W / Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway, 0.9 mi. Take EXIT 258 toward Congress St/St Marys Rd, 0.4 mi. Merge onto S Freeway, 0.6 mi. Turn right onto W Saint Marys Rd, 0.3 mi. W Saint Marys Rd becomes W 6th St, 0.3 mi. Turn right onto N Stone Ave, 0.3 mi. The Joel Valdez Main Library at 101 N STONE AVE is on the right.
  • Public transportation: Sun Tran Bus Routes: 1-10, 16, 19, 21-23, 81-83, 102, 103, 105, 106, and 391 stop near the Valdez Main Library.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Joel Valdez Main Library hours, location, news, blog, events, facilities, new titles, news, upcoming closures and events, and services.
  • Pima County Public Library Catalog online search by keyword, author, title, subject, series, award, ISBN, geographic region, genre, publisher, and call number.

Collection Description

The Arizona collection, and the Southern Arizona Genealogical Society collection are housed here.[4] Genealogy related resources include Academic OneFile biographies, Ancestry Library Edition, Biography in Context, Biography Reference Center, Chronicling America newspapers, Encyclopedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, Encyclopedia of American Religions, Genealogy Connect, Heritage Quest Online, Military History Magazine, National Archives genealogy, obituaries, and history, Newsbank newspapers, obituaries, and death notices, and Public Records.[5]

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Pima County Public Library, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside), CA. Federal court records and federal agencies in Arizona.
  • State Library, Phoenix, has a large book/periodical collection including immigration, vital records, courts, wills, county histories, and Internet sites. The  starting place for AZ family history research.[6]
  • State Archives, Phoenix, marriages, wills and probates, civil and criminal records, brands, taxes, coroner records, voting registers, prisoners, state agencies, maps, newspapers, photos.[7]
  • Bancroft Library, Univ. Calif. Berkeley Early settlers, migration trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.[8]
  • Southwest Museum Braun Research Library, Los Angeles, CA. Includes the Monk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians.
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, has many Arizona cemeteries, census, church, court, histories, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm.

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. Contact Us in Pima County Public Library (accessed 13 February 2015).
  2. Joel Valdez Main Library in Pima County Public Library (accessed 13 February 2015).
  3. Based on MapQuest directions.
  4. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  5. A - Z Resources in Pima County Public Library (accessed 19 February 2015).
  6. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  7. Genealogy and Family History in Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (accessed 10 February 2015).
  8. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 15. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.