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Valencia Library - Attraction Guide

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Originally opened in the late 1960's, Valencia Library is an 18,000-square-foot library in south Tucson.

Read on for information about hours, parking, activities for children & teens, and more.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is Valencia Library located?

Valencia Library is located at 202 W. Valencia Rd between 6th Ave & 12th Ave in south Tucson. It is the closest library to the Tucson International Airport (approximately 3 miles away).

What are the hours?

  • MondayThursday: 10am–8pm
  • Friday: 10am–5pm
  • Saturday: 9am–5pm
  • Sunday: 1pm–5pm

What is the parking situation at the library?

Free and plentiful.

What year did Valencia Library open?

The Valencia Library opened on October 15, 1969. It was designed by architect John L. Mascarella, who made significant contributions to the development of Tucson and surrounding communities in his lifetime.

The original structure was originally 7,800 square feet, but an expansion in 1975 nearly doubled the building in size to 15,500 square feet. A remodeling project in 1997 expanded the Library to its current size of approximately 18,000 square feet.

How many square feet is the Valencia Library?

18,000 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?

Yes.

KIDS & TEENS

Children's Area Valencia Library Tucson

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.

What ages would be best suited for a library visit?

All ages!

Is there a Children's area?

Yes. There are currently more than 19,000 children’s materials (books, DVDs, audiobooks) available.

Is there a Teen area?

Yes – see below for more information on exciting additions in 2018!

Valencia Library’s 101Space currently features equipment like an X-Box with a Kinect adapter and Wii gaming system, but the Library will soon acquire additional gaming systems with tournament and team play capabilities. Plans also include the addition of a 3D printer, a green screen kit, and sewing machines.

Collaborative play and problem-solving will continue to be a focus as role playing and cosplay events are added to the calendar. Programs in partnership with UA STEMcats will promote hands-on learning activities, theater programs will encourage exploration of the arts, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum nature programs will allow discovery of the natural sciences.

A newly revamped Teen Advisory Board will support teen leadership development and the brand new Code Club program will continue to give young participants essential skill building opportunities.

With new furniture including lounge seating and group work desks, Valencia Library’s 101Space will offer a dynamic learning environment where teens will thrive! 

DINING

Is there a snack bar and/or vending machines?

No.

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 Valencia Library?

Our top picks within 8 miles are:

  • BK Carne Asada and Hot Dogs, 5118 S. 12th Ave (2.0 miles away) - tacos, burros, hot dogs, sorta
  • Five Guys, 5331 S. Calle Santa Cruz (2.7 miles away) - burgers, hot dogs, fries, milkshakes
  • Cafe a La C’Art, 150 N. Main Ave (7.3 miles away) – beautiful cafe on-property of the Tucson Museum of Art
  • La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave. (7.4 miles away) – tacos, salads, sandwiches, outdoor seating
  • 47 Scott, 47 N. Scott Ave (7.6 miles away) – a neighborhood bistro featuring Modern American comfort food

STUDY ROOMS & MEETING SPACE

How many study rooms are available?

There are two study rooms, which each fit up to 4 people and have dry erase boards.

How many meeting rooms are there?

There is a large meeting room fits up to 120 people. It has a sink, microwave, dry erase boards, room divider, and Induction Loop Technology.

There is also a small meeting room which fits up to 40 people.

Can I have my child’s birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at Valencia Library?

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

SOCIAL MEDIA

Does Valencia Library have its own Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram accounts?

Yes - you can like Valencia Library on Facebook.

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST...

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What makes the Valencia Library special?

The Library is the site of two beautiful murals, including one that was designed by Susan Gamble of Santa Theresa Tile Works and is based on Pat Mora’s The Desert Is My Mother.

The Valencia Library has always been close to and a big part of its neighborhood. It is a warm and welcoming library that is often bustling with kids and families. Library staff works closely with the Sunnyside Unified School District and are always looking for ways to partner that will benefit customers and community.

On average, customers can choose from more than 8 dozen events every month!

Curious to know what’s happening at Valencia Library? Take a peek at the library's calendar!

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