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Pima County Public Library Resources for UA Students


Library cards

Anyone with a current address in Tucson/Pima County is eligible for a free Library card from Pima County Public Library. This will allow you to check materials out from any PCPL branch, and to have remote access to most of PCPL's online resources. You may fill out a paper application for a PCPL library card at the Information Commons Desk on the 1st floor of the UA Main Library. Or you may go to any PCPL branch and apply in person. See for more information.

PCPL Locations, phone numbers and hours

List of PCPL locations
with hours and phone numbers

Map of locations

Himmel Park Branch (on Treat Ave. a block south of Speedway) is the closest to the UA campus. Don't worry if the branch near you doesn't have the book or other item you want. If it is available for checkout from any PCPL branch, you can select the "Reserve item" link in the PCPL Library Catalog and have it delivered to your chosen branch. (They can't be delivered to UA Libraries, however.)

 Finding books, DVDs, CDs and more at PCPL

When searching the UA Library Catalog, you can also initiate the same search in the PCPL Library Catalog by selecting the PCPL button at the top.

UA catalog

In the PCPL Catalog, you can select the Reserve Item button, select any PCPL branch to pick it up, and enter your PCPL card number and PIN. You'll get an email when it's ready to pick up.

reserve item

You can also search the PCPL Library Catalog directly at


Databases/Online Resources

Pima County Public Library makes available a number of databases and other online resources that are not available from the UA Libraries. PCPL databases can be accessed remotely either with your PCPL library card number, or you may apply online for a database access code. Go to to apply. (Note that a few online resources require a full service library card for access.)

View Topics and Online Resources available at PCPL.

Some of their specialized resources include the following:

Resources available jointly through the Arizona State Library
- Some of these databases are provided jointly through the Arizona State Library, and can be searched without a library card by providing your Arizona zip code.

View AZLibrary databases and resources for Arizona residents.

Other resources

Grants and Nonprofit Information Center (Pima County Public Library) - This is a special collection of print and electronic sources of information and knowledgeable staff serving nonprofit and community organizations in Pima County, located at the Main (downtown) TPPL library. Also included are several grants databases available to library users on location in any PCPL branch library , including Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online .

Homework Help - Homework help is available in person (see schedule), by phone (Tues.-Thurs. 4-6 pm), or online from 2-11 pm at (This requires a full service library card for access.)

Leisure reading - Find the latest bestsellers and books by popular authors. Just search the PCPL Library Catalog by the authors or titles.


For additional help with PCPL resources, Ask a Librarian at PCPL online, or at one of their locations.

Last modified: August 29, 2014