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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. 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 go to any PCPL branch and apply in person.

PCPL Locations, phone numbers and hours

List of PCPL locations with hours and phone numbers

Map of locations

Himmel Library (on Treat Avenue, 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's 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 link from the list of other libraries on the search results page.

You can also search the PCPL Library Catalog directly.

Databases/Online Resources

Pima County Public Library offers a number of databases and other online resources that aren't 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 the Patron Self Registration page 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:

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 Digital Arizona Library (DAZL) databases and resources for Arizona residents.

Other resources

Grants & Fundraising (Pima County Public Library) - PCPL offers online information on grants for individuals and grants for nonprofits. It also provides workshops on grants and fundraising and two databases: Foundation Directory Online and the Arizona Guide to Grants (may need to be used at a PCPL branch). If you need hands-on assistance looking for a grant, come to a Grants Databases Open Lab downtown at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Homework Help - Homework help is available in person (see schedule) or online from 2-11 pm at (This requires a full-service library card for access.) In-person help is for all ages; subjects include math, science, social studies, and writing.

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: February 25, 2015