The Joel D. Valdez Main Library (“Main Library,” for short) was originally built in 1901 on 6th Avenue and Stone – in the regal building that is now the Children’s Museum of Tucson.
In 1990, the library relocated to its current location on Stone Avenue to increase space and better position itself as a hub of activity in the heart of downtown. The sleek grey and white building encompasses 100,000 sqft and sees foot traffic of over 700,000 people a year.
Where is the Joel D. Valdez Main Library located?
In Downtown Tucson.
The address is: 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson.
What are the hours?
The Joel D. Valdez Main Library is open M, T, & W 9am-8pm; TH 9am-6pm; Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm.
What is the parking situation at the library?
A parking garage is adjacent to the library. Enter by turning left off of Alameda Street, west of Stone Avenue but before Church Avenue. The first hour of parking is free for library users during the hours that the library is open. There is no charge for parking after 5 pm, Monday-Friday. Parking is also free on Saturdays and Sundays.
For weekdays, the parking rates are as follows:
0-1 hours – FREE
1-2 hours $2.00
2-3 hours $3.00
3-4 hours $4.00
4-5 hours $5.00
5-6 hours $6.00
6-7 hours $7.00
7-8 hours $8.00
Any lost ticket – $8.00
Why would I visit the Main Library?
- To attend a storytime or playtime with your baby, toddler, or child
- To conduct research for a business or school project
- To meet a business client, partner, or colleague
- To study in one of the four available study rooms
- To check out DVDs, audio books, CDs, cookbooks, novels, children’s books, more
- To use one of the 52 public computers
How much does it cost?
Admission to libraries is always free.
What is the cost of a library card?
Library cards are available as a complimentary amenity for all Tucson residents.
Are bathrooms available?
Yes. There are 10 public restrooms in the building. There are two public restrooms (one for men, one for women) on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors. The Children’s Library has two restrooms as well, and each are equipped with a changing table. There are also two public restrooms (one for men, one for women) on the Lower Level.
Is outside food allowed in the library?
Yes. Outside food and drinks are allowed in the downstairs “cafe seating area.”
What dining venues are available on-site?
What restaurants are located NEAR the Main Library?
There are a plethora of outstanding dining options in the area! Our top picks within walking distance are:
- La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave. (0.1 miles away) – tacos, salads, sandwiches, outdoor seating
- Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E. Pennington St. (0.1 miles away) – pizza, pasta, drinks
- Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery, 266 E. Congress St. (0.3 miles away) – burgers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, beer, wine, cocktails, outdoor seating, delicious homemade ice cream in unique flavors
- Maynards Market, 400 N. Toole Ave. (0.3 miles away) – soups, salads, sandwiches, steak, fish, vegetarian
- Cup Cafe, 311 E. Congress St. (0.3 miles away) – indoor & outdoor seating, breakfast, lunch, dinner
BABIES & KIDS
Should I bring a stroller?
You’ll probably mostly be on the first/main floor if you bring your baby. It’s not a particularly large space so a stroller is probably unnecessary – unless you plan to roam the streets of downtown afterward to catch a bite to eat. :)
Is there a designated area for nursing moms?
No. That said, there are benches and comfortable chairs located throughout the library.
Are changing tables available?
Yes – in the restrooms.
What ages would be best suited for a library visit?
Can I have my child’s birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and/or the Jacome Plaza?
There are two large meeting rooms and four study rooms that can be used at no charge “for organizations engaged in educational, cultural, civic, intellectual or charitable activities.”
To book the plaza for an event, please contact the City of Tucson’s Parks and Recreation Department at 520-837-8054 or send an email to [email protected] daily fee is $50 for City residents and $65 for non-residents.
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What else do I need to know before I go to the Joel D. Valdez Main Library?
That just about covers it. Have a great time! Feel free to leave any additional questions in the comments and we’ll respond ASAP.