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Last modified: August 3, 2016

Why the UA Libraries - The Libraries

photo of the Main, Science-Engineering, Fine Arts, Arizona Health Sciences, and Special Collections libraries


We embrace creativity, risk-taking, and collaboration. We foster a culture of innovation.

Diversity is one of our core principles, and we strongly value our diverse workforce. We are service oriented, and value continuous learning, integrity, and flexibility.

View our mission, vision, and strategic plan and learn about Our Values.

Our current landscape and looking to the future

The University of Arizona Libraries, the Arizona Health Sciences Library and the University of Arizona Press recently completed a collaborative strategic planning process to chart our course into the future.

Our Strategic Plan 2015-2018 outlines our goals and initiatives as part of the University's Never Settle plan.

An overview of statistics related to our holdings, facilities, equipment, online visits and more can be viewed in our Statistical Snapshot.

Recent initiatives

Our innovative approach to supporting the educational, research, and community missions of the university have brought us national recognition. Below are some highlights of such recent initiatives.

We support student engagement, learning and success through such innovations as:

  • Embedded, customized resources in the University's course management systems
  • Guide on the Side tutorials that engage learners by allowing them to actively apply their learning
  • E-textbook pilot programs and other programatic support for required course materials
  • Collaboration with other campus units to encourage development and use of open educational resources
  • Financial support for open access publishing by University of Arizona researchers and scholars
  • Library research awards for students utilizing library resources

We support research and innovation through such initiatives as:

  • The a UA Campus Repository service
  • On-demand information delivery
  • Consortial agreements to expand resource availability and decrease costs
  • Digital preservation of unique materials
  • Leading the implementation of a University system to organize faculty scholarship, provide networking, collaboration, and dissemination opportunities and support the annual evaluation of faculty
  • Data management leadership on campus
  • Unique acquisitions such as the congressional collection of Gabrielle Giffords and a notable collection from the UA Lunar and Planetary Science Department
  • Collaboration with Kabul University to provide access to the largest Afghan digital collection of its kind
  • implementation of a database to organize faculty scholarship, providing networking, collaboration, and dissemination opportunities

Community engagement/partnering

We engage with our community and partner to enhance the lives of citizens of Arizona and the world and to create economic impact with such efforts as:

  • Collaboration with Tech Launch Arizona to form a Business Intelligence Unit to help researchers and faculty members make smart, well-informed plans for start-up companies
  • Providing local and unique digital collections related to the state and Borderlands
  • Hosting a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and events
  • Hosting and helping publish 12 university peer-reviewed journals

Collaborative organizational structure

Our organization chart outlines our structure, including the eight departments in the University Libraries and our shared governance groups.

The University Libraries include the Main LibrarySpecial CollectionsScience-Engineering Library, Fine Arts Library, and Arizona Health Sciences Library. The University of Arizona Press reports to the Dean of the Libraries.

The Law Library operates separately, but we share a library catalog and funding of some resources; we seek out other opportunities to collaborate with one another.

We are a culture of collaboration both internally and externally and are members of multiple consortia. See our consortial memberships.

Exceptional people

We are a large, forward-thinking organization dedicated to providing excellent services and resources to our varied constituencies. Our facilities are located across five sites on the main and health sciences campuses of the University of Arizona. We also serve UA South and our distance students, faculty and researchers.

Our library staff are friendly, talented, and creative people. They have been recognized for some incredible achievements in recent years.

Every year, library staff participate in campus initiatives to better our community, including UA Cares, Wildcat WelcomeWalk Across Arizona, and the Arizona Assurance Mentor Program. We are proud of our colleagues who volunteer their time and efforts to make our community a better place to live, work, and study.

Exceptional benefits

The University of Arizona offers an exceptional array of benefits and work/life support services, including tuition reduction, partner benefits, paid parental leave, and sick and emergency child care. Prospective employees are encouraged to review available benefits at UA Human Resources.

Last modified: June 12, 2017

Why the UA Libraries - UA

The University of Arizona is a premier research university known internationally for its commitment to education, research, and community impact. As a public, land-grant institution, the UA provides an accessible and inviting environment for discovery and learning. Explore the resources below to find out more about what it is like to work at this great institution.

Why the UA?
Explore this website and discover why the UA is a premier research university, as well as learning about the southwest lifestyle, our commitment to personal wellness, and how we are a family friendly and diverse community with a lot going on.

About the University of Arizona
Read this thoughtful overview of the campus provided by Human Resources.

Explore our wide variety of academic programs, many of which are among the nation's best, including more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees through 20 colleges and 11 schools on three campuses.

Find out more about our campus commitment to diversity, including programs for inclusive excellence, diversity statistics and reports, and resources provided for students, faculty, and staff.

Highlights and Rankings
Compare the UA to other research universities, and see recent awards and honors.

UA Life & Work Connections
Learn about our commitment to personal wellness for employees, organizing such activities as free health screenings and fitness classes.

Environment and Sustainability Portal
Find out about our commitment to environmental research, education, and sustainability. 

School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS)

Founded in 1969, SIRLS is the university's library science program, providing both master's and doctoral degrees. SIRLS is known nationally for its commitment to diversity through the Knowledge River program as well as its forward-thinking DigIn certificate program

SIRLS recently announced its first undergraduate program in eSociety. This major will teach undergraduates the many social aspects of the digital age. See UANews article on the new eSociety major

Last modified: July 21, 2014

Why the UA Libraries - Tucson

Tucson is a welcoming, diverse, and family friendly community. Surrounded by five majestic mountain ranges, you will enjoy the beautiful weather, rich cultural heritage, and southwest lifestyle.

While over half a million people now reside in Tucson, bringing businesses, attractions, and tourism, it also still has a familiar sense of local community. The University of Arizona is the second largest employer in Tucson, and is located in the heart of the city.

Arts and Culture

People travel from near and far to visit Tucson for such annual events as the All Souls Procession, the Gem and Mineral Show, and the Tucson Festival of Books.

Tucson is known for its support of local arts, with independent movie theaters such as The Loft and the Fox Theatre, and such world-renowned research centers and museums such as the Center for Creative Photography and the outdoor Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Restaurants and Entertainment

You will find a great selection of restaurant and entertainment choices throughout Tucson, especially in downtown Tucson, which has been revitalized over the last few years. A modern streetcar is set to be opening in 2014, connecting the university to downtown.

Music acts from around the globe perform regularly at the historic Hotel Congress and Rialto Theatre. You can also see live music, from jazz to Latin to rock, at such local haunts as La Cocina and Sky Bar.

Tucson boasts the largest performing arts organization in the state, the Arizona Theatre Company. You can experience Broadway in Tucson at the Tucson Music Hall, and a variety of musical, theatrical, and comedic performances at Centennial Hall through UA Presents.

You can dine at a myriad of local restaurants, from creative burgers at Lindy's on 4th to vegetarian fare at Sparkroot to Sonoran Mexican at El Charro, the oldest Mexican restaurant in the country. 

Learn more about Downtown Tucson.


Tucson is set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. With mild winters and 300 days of sunshine a year, you will enjoy spending time outdoors. See average weather and plants and animals local to the region.

There are plenty of opportunities to connect with the natural world at places like Tohono Chul Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Or explore our many hiking trails in the mountain ranges that surround our city.

Southern Arizona is also the "astronomy capital of the world." Find out about how to experience star gazing in some of the clearest skies in the country.

Environmental Consciousness 

Tucson is known for being bike and pedestrian friendly. We are ranked 5th in the country for spending per capita for cyclists and pedestrians, and have more on-street bike lanes than any other city. We were one of only four cities to earn "Gold" bicycle and pedestrian-friendly status. See the story about this study.

Our public bus system, SunTran, won "America's Best Transit System" for 2005, and in 2012 received the state's Outstanding Transit Organization and Outstanding Training Program awards. More Sun Tran awards

Tucson is consistently ranked as one of the least polluted cities in the country, ranked 4th cleanest city in 2012 for year-round particle pollution. See cleanest cities

For information on environmental and sustainability programs in Tucson, see Sustainable Tucson, community solar energy programs, and City of Tucson water rebate and incentive programs

Further Resources

Learn more about Tucson.

Last modified: September 8, 2014