Murphy-Wilmot Library - Attraction Guide

Murphy Wilmot Library Tucson
Photo Credit: James L. Christy 2011

The Murphy-Wilmot Library opened on September 21, 1965 as the third library in Tucson. Designed by noted Tucson architect Nicholas Sakellar, (1918-1993), the Library is recognized as an excellent example of mid-century Modern architecture.

This location was last expanded and remodeled in 2010. It gained 4,480 square feet (for a grand total of 22,109 square feet) and more study rooms, seating for customers, a teen room, a larger meeting room, and new display areas.


Where is the Murphy-Wilmot Library located?

The Murphy-Wilmot Library is located on Wilmot Road (adjacent to Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital) in between Speedway and Broadway in East/Central Tucson. The address is: 530 N. Wilmot Road.

Who is the Murphy-Wilmot Library named after?

Lewis Curtis “Lew” Murphy (1933-2005) served four terms as Tucson’s mayor. He is the longest-serving mayor in Tucson’s history.

What are the hours?

  • Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

What is the parking situation at the library?

Free and plentiful (covered!) parking.

Why would I visit the Murphy-Wilmot 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.

How many study rooms are available?

Two 4-person rooms can be reserved up to a week in advance.

How many meeting rooms are there?

The Murphy-Wilmot Library features one large meeting room that holds up to 100 people. It includes a sink, dry erase boards, and Induction Loop Technology. This Library also has a small meeting room that accommodates 35 people.

Are bathrooms available?



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.

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

This library has vending machines and café seating.

What restaurants are located NEAR Murphy-Wilmot Library?

There are a plethora of outstanding dining options in the area! Our top picks within ~3 miles are:


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 men's and women's restrooms.

Is there a Children's Area?

Yes, the Children’s area is on the northwest side of the building. The space flows from an early childhood learning area to just-for-kids computers to books and other materials for the school age child. There is also an art wall for revolving displays of student art.

Is there a Teen Area?

Tucked into the northeast corner of the building, teens have their own space to sit, read and browse a large collection of teen materials, including manga, graphic novels and magazines.

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 Murphy-Wilmot Library?

The Murphy-Wimot Library has two meeting rooms (see above). The rooms can be used at no charge “for organizations engaged in educational, cultural, civic, intellectual, or charitable activities.”


Is the Murphy-Wilmot Library active on social media?

Yes, you can find and follow Murphy-Wilmot Library on Facebook.

What makes the Murphy-Wilmot Library special?

Where to begin? The architecture, the spacious interior, view of the Catalina mountain range, the green space courtyard that provides a calming and beautiful backdrop for customers to enjoy. For art lovers, take note of the carved arch sculpture over the entrance doors created by Tucson sculptor James Savage, reflecting civilization’s progress in knowledge. Located in a bustling part of Pima County’s District 4 (N. Wilmot Rd. & E. 5th St.), Murphy-Wilmot Library is a fantastic destination no matter your age or interests! 

That just about covers it. Have a great time!

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