Dusenberry-River Library - Attraction Guide

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The Dusenberry-River Library, located in North Tucson, is a 9,200 square foot library with a children's area, teen space, meeting room, and computers.

Averaging 20,000 visitors every month, this popular library gets lots of foot traffic due to it being part of the River Center - which is home to Whole Foods Market, Caffe Torino, Mathnasium, Walgreens, Petco, and Orange Theory Fitness.

The Dusenberry-River Library opened in January 1991 as the 17th library of the now 26-library system.


Where is the Dusenberry-River Library Located?

The Dusenberry-River Library is located in north central Tucson at the intersection of River & Craycroft. The address is: 5605 E. River Rd. Tucson 85750.

What are the hours?

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

What is the parking situation at the library?

Parking is free and plentiful.

Why would I visit the Dusenberry-River Library?

  • To check out materials – including DVDs, audio books, CDs, cookbooks, novels, and children’s books.
  • To attend a Storytime with your baby, toddler, or preschooler.
  • To browse the rotating art displays, featuring work by local artists.
  • To use wifi, wireless printing, or one of the public computers
  • To conduct a meeting or study in one of the library’s meeting spaces.
  • To seek Job Help and get support with everything from creating an email account to resume writing.

How much does it cost?

Admission to libraries is always free.

What is the cost of a library card?

FREE! Library cards are available as a complimentary amenity for all Pima County residents.

Are bathrooms available?


How many study rooms are available?

The Dusenberry-River Library does not have any study rooms, but it does have a meeting room, which accommodates 70 people and features a sink, TV/DVD player, projection screen, dry erase board, podium, microphone, and Induction Loop Technology.

How many meeting rooms are there?

See above.


Is there a snack bar, cafe, and/or vending machines? 

This library does not have a snack bar, café, or vending machines. However, there are numerous restaurants and stores nearby, including Whole Foods, Sushi Zona, Natural Grocers, and Blake’s Lotaburger.

Is outside food allowed in the library?

Food & drink guidelines are the same systemwide.

"We ask that you act responsibly when consuming food and drink in the Library. Please clean up after yourself and alert staff if you need assistance with a spill."

  • Food and drink are permitted throughout the library except while using special collections.
  • Beverages need to be in covered containers.
  • Delivery of food to the library is not permitted.

What restaurants are located NEAR the Dusenberry-River Library?

If you're hungry, the Dusenberry-River Library is a good library to visit...because there are quite a few restaurants within walking distance. All of the following restaurants are actually in the same parking lot. No need to drive. Park once for your meal and your library visit!

  • Caffe Torino Foothills, 5605 E. River Rd (same parking lot) - lunch & dinner, sunday brunch, outdoor dining
  • Sushi Zona, 5655 E. River Rd (same parking lot) - lunch & dinner
  • Whole Foods Market, 5555 E. River Rd (same parking lot) - salad bar, pizza, sushi, entrees, smoothies, gelato


Should I bring a stroller?

The library is small and walking will be minimal so a stroller is probably unnecessary.

Is there a designated area for nursing moms?

No. That said, there are comfortable chairs located throughout the library.

Are changing tables available?

Yes - in both the women’s and men’s restrooms.

Is there a children's area?

Yes! There is a small designated children’s area where you can find materials for kids in all formats, with the exception of nonfiction, which is interfiled with adult nonfiction.

Is there a teen area?

Yes. Students congregate at the Dusenberry-River Library in the afternoons (especially due to the fact that BASIS Tucson North is across the street). In addition to teen fiction, anime, and manga, they can find a thematic book display, a bulletin board of current and upcoming events, and a chess/checkers table.

What ages would be best suited for a library visit?

All ages!


Can I have my child’s birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at the Dusenberry-River Library?

The Dusenberry-River Library has one meeting room, which accommodates 56 people. Amenities include a sink, TV/DVD, microphone, and induction loop technology. The room can be used at no charge “for organizations engaged in educational, cultural, civic, intellectual, or charitable activities.” Contact the library directly with any specific questions or special requests.


Is the Dusenberry-River Library active on social media?

The Dusenberry-River Library does not have its own social media accounts, but you can follow Pima County Public Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What else do I need to know before I go to the Dusenberry-River Library?

Dianna Thor, managing librarian at Dusenberry-River Library, says, “If you haven’t visited us, we hope you’ll stop by! The Dusenberry-River Library is a vibrant community hub where people come together to attend myriad programs, check out seeds from our Seed Library, use computers and wifi, or get help finding old and new favorite books, movies, and magazines."

That just about covers it. Have a great time at the Dusenberry-River Library!

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