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State Library of Arizona
The State Library of Arizona is the core of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records which was established in 1864 as the Territorial Library of Arizona.
Now, as then, the Library supports the work of the Arizona Legislature as well as the Executive and Judicial branches of government in Arizona.
According to 23 HC 1864 (Howell Code. Prescott, AZ: Office of the Arizona Miner, 1865, Law: KFA2430.5 H68 1865.) p. 170:
Sec. 14. There shall be and hereby is established a Territorial library, to be located at the capital of the Territory, and the members of both houses of the Legislature, and the executive and judicial officers of the Territory shall, at all times, have free access thereto, under such regulations as shall be made by the secretary of the Territory, who is hereby the Territorial librarian.
Richard Cunningham McCormick, the first Secretary of the Territory of Arizona, was the first Territorial Librarian and he also served as Governor of the Territory from 1866 to 1869.
The State Library of Arizona provides research assistance, outreach and access to information to state government and all library users, with specialties in law, legislation, legal history, genealogy, and State and Federal government agency information. The Library also houses current Arizona newspapers.
The Library collection numbers over 2.4 million items, some of which are the only copies that exist in our state, or anywhere.
The Library's Law Collection is the primary legal resource for the Legislature, courts and Arizona state agencies. It contains historical collections of Arizona's legislative bills, journals, session laws, statutes, codes, judicial rules and opinions of Arizona's attorneys general.
The State Library of Arizona is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to receive and house copies of U.S. patents and patent and trademark materials, to make them freely available to the public and to actively disseminate patent and trademark information. The grand opening for the PTRC is on Oct 9th. Registration information and agenda is available at http://www.azlibrary.gov/is/events.aspx
For Arizona trade name and trademark information, contact the Business Services Division.
The Library houses Arizona's regional Federal Depository Collection designated to receive all of the publications distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office through the Federal Depository Library Program.
The Library participated in the start up of Government Information Online (GIO), a free national virtual reference and information service staffed by federal depository librarians from around the United States specializing in government resources and information. If you have a question, you may contact the State Library of Arizona directly, or use the GIO service.
Various guides and compilations are also available, including the Documents Leading to Statehood, information on initiatives and referenda that changed the Arizona Constitution , and others which appear on our State Library of Arizona Virtual Reference Desk.
Looking for something in our online catalog? Try our quick search.
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