Yuma County Library District

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Yuma County Library District
Yuma County Library District Logo.jpg
CountryUnited States
TypePublic
Established1921
LocationYuma, Arizona
Coordinates32°40′26″N 114°38′45″W / 32.673934°N 114.645896°W / 32.673934; -114.645896Coordinates: 32°40′26″N 114°38′45″W / 32.673934°N 114.645896°W / 32.673934; -114.645896
Branches8
Access and use
Population served90,041 (City of Yuma)
196,972 (Yuma County)
Other information
DirectorSusan Evans
Websitewww.yumalibrary.org

The Yuma County Library District serves the population of Yuma County, Arizona. Today the library district consists of the nearly 80,000 square foot[1] Main Library located in Yuma as well as branches in downtown Yuma, the Foothills, Somerton, San Luis, Wellton, Dateland, and Roll. The first Yuma Library, a Carnegie library, opened February 24, 1921 with 1,053 volumes and seating for 20 persons.[2] Located in Sunset Park, the Yuma Carnegie Library underwent several expansions and renovations over the years, including a $4.2 million renovation completed in 2009.[3] The Yuma Carnegie library still operates today as the Heritage Branch Library in downtown Yuma.

The district's official slogan is "Your Information Connection."

Main Library[edit]

The 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) Yuma Main Library opened on May 21, 2009, funded by part of a $53.7 million library bond program approved by voters in 2005.

The Main Library has four meeting rooms, a special archival collection housed in the Arizona Room, and the Yuma Nonprofit Resource Center, a collaboration between the Yuma County Library District, the Yuma Area Nonprofit Institute, and the Arizona Chapter of the American Association of Grant Writers

The Main Library also houses a locally run cafe, and the Coworking Oasis, a work-space which hosts a variety of courses and seminars for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Heritage Library & Rio Colorado Archive[edit]

The original Carnegie library still stands at its original 1921 location and operates today as the Heritage Library. Renovated in 2009, it is also the home of the Arizona Historical Society's Rio Colorado Archives.[4] This archive contains multiple collections of documents and artifacts from Yuma's past, and is staffed by a Special Collections Librarian. The archive is currently open on Tuesdays, from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Dateland & Roll Libraries[edit]

Both the Dateland and Roll Libraries are co-located inside county schools, and typically closed during part of the summer holiday when classes are not in session.

The Dateland Library is located inside Dateland Elementary School while the Roll Branch is housed inside the Mohawk Valley School.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Public: New Buildings. Library Journal 15 December 2009 http://www.libraryjournal.com/info/CA6709741.html
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Public: Additions and Renovations. Library Journal 15 December 2009 http://www.libraryjournal.com/info/CA6709742.html
  4. ^ "Rio Colorado Archives". yumalibrary.org. Retrieved 2017-07-28.