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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 staff of the State Library of Arizona provide access to several collections.
The Library's Law Collection is the primary legal resource for the Legislature, courts and Arizona state agencies
with historical collections of Arizona's legislative bills, journals, session laws, statutes, codes, judicial rules and opinions of Arizona's
attorneys general. A major strength of this Library is the gathering of statutes and decisions from all states of the United States.
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 is Arizona's coordinating library for the Government
Information in the 21st Century program which offers training sessions for librarians, library staff and library students about how to answer
reference questions using government resources. The Program is made possible by a grant from the U.S.
Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support is provided by the University of Colorado at Boulder, the New Mexico State Library;
the Wyoming State Library and Utah State University.
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.
The Library is also a depository for Arizona state agency publications and it houses collections of maps, genealogy resources, current Arizona
newspapers, periodicals and professional resources related to libraries, archives, museums and records management. Various
guides and compilations can also be found on this site including Documents
Leading to Statehood.
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Except State Holidays
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