Sam Lena-South Tucson Library - Ultimate Guide

Sam Lena South Tucson Library | Sam Lena-South Tucson Library - Ultimate Guide

If you could step in a time machine and go back to 1977 to where the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library currently stands, you would find a simple trailer full of books.

Nearly 10 years later, in 1986, the permanent Sam Lena-South Tucson Library opened to the public.

The library was expanded in 1991, adding 1,500 square feet and creating a 4,777 square-foot library.

In October 2017, the library was closed yet again to undergo an overhaul of the space to create a more purposeful space for customers. 

The library re-opened in December 2018 with the following new features and amenities:

  • Brand new entrance connecting with the City of South Tucson Dan Eckstrom plaza
  • Updated collection, furniture, and flooring
  • 13 more public computers and improved wifi capacity
  • Events for the whole community, with family, adult, teen, and child-friendly offerings
  • Larger children’s room and creative youth space for tweens and teens
  • Open floor plan and more natural lighting
  • New study rooms and community meeting room
  • Curbside book drop

Sam Lena-South Tucson Library had another set of renovations completed in the first quarter of 2019 and re-opened to the public in March.


Where is the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library located?

The Sam Lena-South Tucson Library is located at 1607 S. Sixth Avenue in south Tucson.

What are the hours?

  • Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm

What is the parking situation at the library?

Free and plentiful.

What year did the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library open?


Who was/is Sam Lena?

The library is named in honor of Sam Lena (1921-1996), a longtime South Tucson politician and former member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, who advocated for the funding for the permanent building.

How many square feet is the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library?

4,777 square feet

How much does it cost to visit the library?

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?



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, there are changing tables in both public restrooms.

What ages would be best suited for a library visit?

All ages!

Is there a Children’s area?


Is there a Teen area?

Yes! There is a creative youth space for teens and tweens.


Is there a snack bar and/or vending machines?

There is not a snack machine at this Library, but as the Tucson Foodie says, “If you’re looking for Mexican food—good, authentic Mexican food—South Tucson is a great place to find it.” After visiting the Library, try one of the restaurants listed below. Don’t forget to swing by Isabella’s Ice Cream for dessert!

Is outside food allowed in the library?

The library asks “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 Sam Lena-South Tucson Library?

There are excellent restaurants galore in this area - especially since Downtown Tucson is right around the corner! Our top picks within approximately 2 miles are:


How many study rooms are available?

This Library has two study rooms that each hold 10 people. 

How many meeting rooms are there?

There are three meeting rooms that hold up to 104 people and a conference room that holds 12 people.

To find more information about the library's meeting rooms and to access a meeting room application, please visit the Pima County Public Libraries website

Can I have my child’s birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library?

See above. Feel free to inquire at the library directly with your request.


Can I follow Sam Lena-South Tucson Library on social media?

You can follow the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library on Facebook and you can also follow Pima County Public Library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


What makes the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library special?

The Sam Lena-South Tucson Library serves as a vital resource for the South Tucson community who rely on it for access to materials, public computers, wifi, and meeting and study space. On average, more than 9,500 people visit the Library monthly.

P.S. Did we mention that this location has a convenient curbside book drop?!

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