Our History

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History of Friends

The Friends of PCPL is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization founded in 1969 to raise funds for special and innovative library programs, equipment and services, which are not part of the normal annual budget. We accomplish this by raising funds through the sale of books, memberships, and grants.

We have community book sales at our book barn at 2230 N. Country Club Road. We also sell books online year round and at retail spaces in fifteen libraries.

The Friends has a Managing Director who oversees a large group of dedicated volunteers, some of whom have been involved for more than twenty-five years!

Over the last 7 years, the Friends have provided over $1.5 million to The Pima County Public Library, making the acquisition and /or sponsorship of the following:

  • Summer Reading Program
  • Tucson Writer’s Project
  • Project LIFT
  • Southwest Literature Project
  • Technology for Branches
  • Vehicles for outreach and servicing the branches
  • Hundreds of smaller and one-time projects

Please visit our Membership page to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Friend and the Donations and Volunteer pages to learn how you can help. Your donations of time and money will benefit present and future generations of library users.

You can count on us to continue our effort, we count on you for your support!

The Friends’ 990 reports as required by the IRS are available online through Guidestar.org or click on the link:



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