The Woods Memorial Library is an anchor for the Amphi neighborhood and a popular gathering place for families, children, and teens in north/central Tucson. The 16,650-square-foot library hosts numerous programs for all ages, as well as community assistance programs and workshops.
***The Woods Memorial Library opened in 1968 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. You’re invited to the celebration, which will feature guest speakers, light refreshments, a craft table, a hula hoop contest, and a Saguaro Selfie station!
Where is the Woods Memorial Library located?
The Woods Memorial Library is located on 1st Avenue, between Fort Lowell & Prince, in north-central Tucson. The address is: 3455 N. First Avenue.
Who is the Woods Memorial Library named after?
The Woods Memorial Library is named in honor of G. Freeman Woods who served as a Tucson City Councilman for eight years, was a Flowing Wells School Board member for six years, and served on the library advisory board.
What are the hours?
Monday – Thursday: 10am–8pm
What is the parking situation at the library?
Free and plentiful covered parking.
Why would I visit the Woods Memorial 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?
The Woods Memorial Library has two study rooms (5 people each).
How many meeting rooms are there?
The Woods Memorial Library has one large meeting room (75 people) and one small meeting room (30 people). The large meeting room features a TV, DVD player, and Induction Loop Technology.
Visit the library’s website for more information or to reserve the meeting room.
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?
The Woods Memorial Library does not have a snack bar, café, or vending machine.
What restaurants are located NEAR Woods Memorial Library?
There are a plethora of outstanding dining options in the area! Our top picks within 3 miles are:
- La Botana, 3200 N. 1st Ave (0.5 miles away) – street tacos, burritos, margaritas
- Guadalajara Original Grill, 1220 E. Prince Rd (0.7 miles away) – fajitas, tacos, burritos, lunch specials, happy hour
- Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet, 711 E. Blacklidge Dr (0.7 miles away) – all you care to eat strictly vegan buffet
- Prep & Pastry, 3073 N. Campbell Ave (1.6 miles away) – breakfast, brunch, lunch, mimosas
- Lovin’ Spoonfuls Vegan Restaurant, 2990 N. Campbell Ave (1.8 miles away) – plant-based meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert
- K-Sushi Bar Japanese Restaurant, 2962 N. Campbell Ave (1.9 miles away) – sushi, tempura, lunch, dinner
- El Guero Canelo, 2480 N. Oracle Rd (2.5 miles away) – Sonoran hot dogs, tacos, burros, tortas
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, in both the women’s and men’s restrooms.
Is there a Children’s Area?
Yes! There is a beautiful children’s area, surrounded by windows and natural lighting. One of the best things about this area is the many lovingly created displays. Library staff are dedicated to introducing families and young readers to new ideas and concepts that drive curiosity and build a life-long love of reading.
Is there a Teen Area?
Yes, there is an area for teens on the east end of the building. The section features nearly 4,000 items for young adults. This Library also hosts a number of regular programs for teens, including TnT (Tweens & Teens), which offers a safe space for teens to spend time after school. It’s offered every Tuesday (early out day in the Amphi Unified School District) from 2–5 pm.
The Woods Memorial Library also provides healthy after-school snacks every Wednesday from 3:30–4:30 pm.
Teens (ages 12–18) who want to get involved at Woods Memorial Library can join the Teen Advisory Board, where young people work together to make decisions that impact Library programming and the community. For more information, call 520-594-5445.
What ages would be best suited for a library visit?
Can I have my child’s birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at the Woods Memorial Library?
The Woods Memorial 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 Woods Memorial Library active on social media?
What makes the Woods Memorial Library special?
Yakyra and William, two frequent visitors of the Woods Memorial Library, sum it up best in their recent “Love Letters to My Library“:
Yakyra put it this way, “Woods is just a place where you can relax and be happy, you’re always welcome… People here take me seriously and don’t disregard me. Woods is my home away from home because it’s not just a library to me. It’s somewhere where you’re treated with kindness and respect, no matter who are you or why you’re here.”
William agrees, “I live in a crossroads neighborhood of Tucson—where east of town meets west and northwest meets downtown. Established folk live next to uprooted folk. Regardless of class, ethnicity, or status, Woods Memorial Library’s customers are growing themselves where they’re rooted. Thank you Woods Memorial Library for helping this person navigate their way to a second chance in life.”