PHOENIX – Visit the State Library during National Library Week, April 13-17 to learn about its diverse programs. While based in Phoenix, the programs of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, are accessible statewide via www.azlibrary.gov.
“National Library Week is a great time to learn about the many services of the State Library,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan. “From audio books for those with vision or physical impairments to the original testimony from witnesses to the OK Corral shooting in Tombstone, we have something to interest you.”
Monday, April 13th, State Library staff will be on hand for presentations to the public about various library services. Some of the demonstrations include “Innovation in Libraries: 3D Printing,” Reading Arizona eBook service, and the “Arizona Memory Project: Arizona’s online resource for photos, documents, oral histories and more.”
Services provided by the State Library include the:
- Arizona Capitol Museum – Dedicated to connecting people to Arizona government – past and present, with exhibits like “Your Vote; Your Voice,” “Defense to Development” and a relic from the U.S.S. Arizona.
- State Library of Arizona – Serving as the State Law Library, a Regional Federal Depository Library, a Patent and Trademark Resource Center and providing access in print and online to state agency publications and a genealogy collection.
- Arizona Talking Book Library – This specialized library provides books, magazines and other resources in alternate formats for all Arizona residents whose visual or physical disabilities prevent the reading of conventional print materials.
- Digital Arizona Library – A portfolio of online resources; including: reference services, Reading Arizona, the Arizona Memory Project, Arizona digital newspaper program and the Arizona Almanac.
- State Archives and Records Management – ARM collects, preserves and makes publically available permanent public records, historical manuscripts, photographs and other materials; managing public records throughout state and local government in Arizona.
- Library Development – Empowers libraries statewide to offer excellent customer service through consulting, grant funding, resources and training. Our grant funding includes funds from the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“Throughout our history the State Library has embraced new technologies, expanded services and remained committed to outstanding public service,” said State Librarian Joan Clark. “Our focus is on not only preserving Arizona’s history, but on making 21st century services available and accessible to the public.”
The State Library is celebrating its 100th year serving Arizona. To commemorate its service, it has published “Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: 100 Years of Public Service” online. The online booklet goes through the decades of the library and shares the different technologies and services provided.
For more information about the State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, visit the website at www.azlibrary.gov.