Many of the State Library of Arizona's collections are statutorily mandated
41-151.01). In general, materials in the collections are
kept available to support the work of the Arizona Legislature and state
agency staff and so (with some exceptions) do not circulate.
But the collections are available for use by the public at the Law and
Research Library. Records for a portion of the Library's collections
can be accessed through the Library and Archives' online catalog. However, since not all materials available are
listed in the catalog and since not all materials in the collections are
kept on site, if you need to do in depth research on a topic, we recommend
that you contact us before you
make the trip to the library to make sure that materials will be available
for your use. For more information about a collection or its
location, please select one of the following:
The State Research Library subscribes to over 100 newspapers from Arizona cities and towns and houses current Arizona newspapers. Once the papers are no longer currently received or are available on microfilm, the papers and films are housed in the Arizona History and Archives. A specific newspaper can be searched by title in the Library and Archives' online catalog, e.g., Tombstone Epitaph. Or, if a specific title is not known, the newspaper can be searched by geographic location with the subject newspapers, e.g., put "Tombstone (Ariz) newspapers" in the subject box.
See also: The Arizona Newspaper Project.
This is the most extensive compilation anywhere of publications of vital interest to Arizona citizens created by Arizona State agencies; examples include annual reports, directories, statistics and policy reports.
These are U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) publications distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program in a variety of formats: print, microfiche, floppy disk, CD-ROM, DVD and via the Internet. This is the largest collection in Arizona and one of the most significant in the Southwest.
The book and periodical sections of the Genealogy Collection are the largest in Arizona. This is a collection of family and community histories, genealogical journals, indexes to the vital records of other states and nations and online genealogical services.
Arizona -- This collection includes
current and historical annotated codes, official statutes, regulations
and bills as well as session laws, attorney general's opinions, court
cases and treatises.
Other States -- This collection
includes statutes and official court cases.
Federal Legal -- This collection
includes statutes, regulations, court cases and digests.
Foreign -- Canadian statutes and
cases and selected materials for Mexico can also be found in this collection.
Legal Periodicals -- Legal periodicals,
including general law reviews published by law schools throughout the
country and state. Most titles are bar journals available in
print or online, but some are on microfiche.
Electronic Legal Resources
-- Workstations in the library provide access to electronic legal resources
such as Westlaw Patron Access (Arizona Library) and LegalTrac.
This is an important collection of historical and contemporary geographic,
nautical, topographic and transportation maps of Arizona, the U.S. and
The State Library houses periodicals on the subjects of Arizona, the Southwest,
government and politics, genealogy and professional librarianship. A
specific periodical can be searched by title in the Library's online catalog, e.g., Arizona Highways. To limit the number
of hits in the library's catalog, indicate that it is the exact title
and select periodical title. Or, if a specific title is not
known, go to the power
search page and enter a keyword or phrase in the words or phrase search
box, e.g., "Arizona wildlife" and put "periodicals" in the subject box.
Professional Collection materials are selected to support professional
activities statewide in the areas of archives management, librarianship,
museology and records management.