The Kirk-Bear Canyon Library (“Bear Canyon Library,” for short) opened in January 1991 in a retail shopping center at the corner of Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Roads in northeast Tucson.
The 15,000 square foot library - which serves both city and county residents - boasts a children's area, a teen area, two study rooms, a computer lab, and a large meeting room.
This branch is named after James Lee “Jim” Kirk (1926–2003), who served three terms on the Tucson City Council and was the Pima County Treasurer for eight terms.
At the corner of Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Roads in Northeast Tucson. The address is: 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road.
Free and plentiful.
Admission to libraries is always free.
FREE! Library cards are available as a complimentary amenity for all Pima County residents.
Are bathrooms available?
No, but there is a Dairy Queen and Circle K within walking distance. In addition, there are three restaurants in the same complex: Great American Steakburger, Bear Canyon Pizza, and Viv’s Café.
There are a plethora of outstanding dining options in the area! Our top picks within 5 miles are:
The library is small and walking will be minimal so a stroller is probably unnecessary.
No. That said, there are comfortable chairs located throughout the library.
Yes – in both the men's and women's restrooms.
The Kirk-Bear Canyon Library has one large meeting room that holds 94 people (Induction Loop Technology for the hearing impaired is available) and two study rooms. The rooms can be used at no charge “for organizations engaged in educational, cultural, civic, intellectual, or charitable activities.”
Yes! Like Kirk-Bear Canyon Library on Facebook to stay up-to-date on classes and special events.
There are so many things that make Kirk-Bear Canyon Library special!
For starters, it’s open seven days a week and features more than 47,000 items in its collection. On average more than 21,500 people visit this library location every month.
At the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, customers can choose from a wide variety of free programs for all ages, many of which are generously supported by the Friends of the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library. For kids, there’s Read to a Dog, Babytime, Toddler & Preschool Storytime, Lego Club, Homework Help, and much more. Youth Services Librarian Bill R. (aka Mr. Bill) has worked at this library for 19 years! In fact, he’s conducted so many Storytimes, he now has the pleasure of getting to know the children of the now grown adults he once read stories to!
The Kirk-Bear Canyon Library has lots of windows and natural light. In addition to its monthly calendar, its large collection, and numerous computers, this location also has an art gallery that showcases the work of local artists.
That just about covers it. Have a great time!