Welcome to the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

A division of the Secretary of State; the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records celebrates its 100th year in 2015. Through the decades, the State Library has embraced new technologies, expanded services, and remained committed to outstanding public service. Our focus has been on providing access and preserving Arizona’s history as we have grown from serving Arizona government to serving Arizonans statewide.

The State Legislature enacted legislation creating the Arizona State Library on March 24, 1915. Back then the Legislature saw the State Library’s primary focus as law and legislative reference. Under the leadership of Con P. Cronin, followed by Mulford Winsor, the State Library faced many challenges in its first four decades. These dedicated leaders worked tirelessly to build a library serving government, Arizona libraries and Arizonans. They have been followed by six women who continued to build on their solid foundation, facing many of the same challenges – facilities, staff, resources, and changing technology. 

As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we continue to enhance our expertise in capturing, managing, and preserving information for public use. Through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, we provide grant money and programs to libraries throughout the state, enabling them to expand or enhance their services to fit their communities’ needs – both in technological and traditional services. Our portfolio of digital services has enabled expanded service and enriched content. Today we serve individual citizens, small businesses, and public bodies statewide either onsite or via online access. We help Arizonans know and obtain information about their government, their state, and their world.  

Please visit our online resources, visit our branches or contact us as we continue to serve Arizona for the next 100 years.

Joan Clark
State Librarian & Director
Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records
A Division of the Secretary of State