Oro Valley Library

Oro Valley Library Tree

The Oro Valley Library is an exceptional place. I would put the bronze tree, it looks copper to me, but I’m told it is bronze as one of the 7 wonders of Oro Valley.

There is an Inscription in the shadows that reads:

The More You Read
The More You Know

The More You Know
The More You Grow

The More You Grow
The Stronger Your Voice

When Speaking Your Mind
Or Making Your Choice

Oro Valley Library Phone Number (520) 229-5300

I’m still learning about the Oro Valley Library, the more I find out the more I’m impressed. For some time now I’ve been thinking about a post on the library. This past weekend we spent some time with a family relocating to Oro Valley and they asked about the library. He is an architect and loved the building. He said his mom always said something like; “You can tell the quality of a town by it’s library.” They were very impressed as well.

The Library has “FREE WIFI” bring your laptop find a place to sit boot up and you are on the Internet. You don’t have a laptop. Don’t worry, Thanks to The Friends of the Oro Valley Library they have laptops you can use while there. I hesitate to say you can check out a laptop since you can’t really check it out of the building.

my library card

I took the plunge today and got my first library card since grade school. I wouldn’t necessarily call it immersion therapy writing, but I wanted to experience exactly what it is like to get your own library card and then find out what you can do with it.

The first thing anyone will need to learn if they really want to find things is a brief understanding of the Dewey Decimal system. I knew it about 100 years ago when in school, but it has been a long time since I needed it. I usually just go to the bookstore and buy what I want. I buy mostly reference books and I’m back into those making notes and highlighting so when I forget what it said I can find it again quickly if I can remember what book it was in.

Oro Valley Library Hours

oro valley library hoursThe library hours are posted on the door.

Please pay no attention to the man holding the camera taking this picture.

  • Monday: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM – 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM – 8 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Sunday: CLOSED

My guess is Sunday is for reading the books you checked out during the week.

Speaking of checking out. This is the coolest part of all. I remember having to take the book with the card to the librarian, who would look at you with a stern eye that was like casting a spell over you if you didn’t remember to bring the book back.

Sometimes she would disapprove of the selection. Hey my little sister liked the picture books and I was born with big shoulders so I didn’t care if the librarian thought it was “Not challenging enough for a boy in the 5th grade.”

For my first selections I chose to stay away from the books for now. Still need to brush up on the Dewey thing. So I headed for the videos and DVD’s. Yep, the library now has those as well. I imagine most of you knew this part already.

There are no cards. There was no need to go to the librarian. There were two computer terminals with card readers and bar code scanners. I put my card in the red light just like checking out at the grocery store and then put the videos and DVD on the scanner one at a time. I pressed “Done” when the last one was scanned and I got a printout of the items and the due dates when they needed to be returned. No dirty looks, no condescending visuals.

Oro Valley Library Architecture

oro valley library clerestory windows

oro valley library entry

The building itself is warm and inviting. The use of clerestory windows for indirect lighting is great and there is no time the sun shines right in any of those windows. The effect is warm natural light throughout without having a moving hot-spot you have to stay away from or cook.

This is a great place to go for information on
Oro Valley and events going on around town.

Check out the library for yourself. It is located on the Southeast corner of Naranja and La Canada.

The Friends of the Oro Valley Library is a 501(c)3 organization which helps support the Oro Valley Library.

There is no charge for a library card. It is a wonderful facility with a friendly staff and the strong support of the The Friends of the Oro Valley Library.


  1. Brad Covert says

    Hey Dave,

    Nice quote. You got it exactly right! My mother always said that about a town under consideration for a move to. We went to the Library on Sunday, but it was closed. Can’t wait to get there.

    Brad Covert