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Guide to Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library

Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library Tucson Marana

The Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, which opened in 2008, is a 21,164 square foot library that serves the communities of Marana and Northwest Tucson. More than 267,000 people visit this library ever year!

This popular library features a children's area, teen area, one large meeting room, and two glassed-in study rooms.

Other distinctive of this library include floor-to-ceiling glass windows with park views, brightly colored furniture, and metal interior/exterior artwork.

Also of note: Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library shares property with Crossroads at Silverbell District Park and provides easy access to The Loop. Feel free to bike or walk to the library if you live nearby!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library Located?

The Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library serves Marana and northwest Tucson. The address is: 7800 N. Schisler Dr, Tucson 85743.

What are the hours?

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

What is the parking situation at the library?

Free and plentiful.

Why would I visit the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. 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.

Are bathrooms available?

Yes.

How many study rooms are available?

There are two glassed-in study rooms (two people maximum) that are available to reserve 2 hrs. each week on a first-come, first-served basis.

How many meeting rooms are there?

Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library has a large meeting room, which holds 75 people and features a sink, a TV and DVD player, and induction loop technology.

There is also a separate children’s meeting room, which holds 30 people and has a sink.

DINING

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

Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library does not have a snack bar, vending machines, or café, however there are restaurants nearby. See below.

Another Option: Pack a picnic and eat at the park before or after your library visit!

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 Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library?

There are a number of dining options in the area! Try one of the below restaurants, which are within 3 miles of the library:

  • Asian Spice Restaurant, 7850 N. Silverbell Rd, Tucson (0.3 miles away) - healthy Chinese food, egg rolls, soup, fried rice, lo mein, lunch specials
  • In-N-Out Burger, 8180 Cortaro Rd, Marana (0.6 miles away) - burgers, fries, milkshakes
  • Mantis Gourmet Chinese Food, 8250 N. Cortaro Rd, Tucson (0.7 miles away) - egg rolls, soup, fried rice, lo mein, lunch specials
  • Nana's Kitchen Authentic Mexican Food, 8225 N. Courtney Page Way, Tucson (0.8 miles away) - breakfast specials, lunch specials, enchiladas, burritos, tacos
  • La Olla Mexican Cafe, 8553 N. Silverbell Rd, Tucson (2.4 miles away) - carnitas, tacos, chimichangas, enchiladas, happy hour

BABIES & KIDS

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 two changing rooms in this Library: one in each large, gender-neutral restroom.

Is there a children’s area?

Yes. The Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library has a fabulous children’s area! It features books, audiobooks, music CDs, and magazines to check out. There are 12 computers for kids to play games on. Families can easily check out their own materials (kids love to scan materials themselves!) using the two self check-out units. The “Librainium” features hands on interactive stations for little ones to explore and develop skills. Finally, kid friendly furniture and round tables with chairs provide an atmosophere conducive to reading to a dog or doing homework.

Is there a teen area?

Yes. The teen space offers a safe and comfortable space away from the center of the Library. Four computers allow teens to easily collaborate on gaming or homework. Two round tables with chairs encourage reading and homework, and there is easy access to teen fiction, displays, and all sorts of information for young adults.

What ages would be best suited for a library visit?

All ages!

EVENTS

Can I have my child’s birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library?

The Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library has one large meeting room that holds 75 people. The room can be used at no charge “for organizations engaged in educational, cultural, civic, intellectual, or charitable activities.” Contact the library directly with any specific questions or special requests.

MISCELLANY

Is the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library active on social media?

Yes! Be sure to like Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library on Facebook!

The Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library does not have its own Twitter or Instagram accounts, but you will likely want to follow Pima County Public Library on Twitter and/or Instagram.

What else do I need to know before I go to the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library?

The Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library is well-loved and frequently visited by people of all ages. Read on for testimonials from the people who know this library the best.

"We have a very supportive and wonderful community of retirees, hikers, bicyclists, and families of all ages that inspire us to bring more programs and make this a more rewarding place to work." – Lillie C., Library Page

"Two of my favorite things about the Abbett Library are the feeling of being in a glass castle and the ready access to computers." – Valerie L., Librarian Substitute

"Aside from the impressive architecture and contents of the library, Abbett is a place where I have come to learn, work, laugh, volunteer, and interact with truly unique individuals. Looking back, I can honestly say that I wouldn't be the same individual without the opportunities Abbett has afforded me over the years.” – Faith D., Library Page

That just about covers it. Have a great time at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library!

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