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Cochise County Library District

Who We Are

The Cochise County Library District is a cooperative group of libraries which works together to meet the information needs of customers all over the County.

Member libraries include the seven independent city libraries and five Library District branches located in unincorporated areas of the County.

Map of Cochise County Library District

Please visit the Library Information page for more information about individual libraries.

History

The first Cochise County library services were organized in the early 1970s, when the Arizona State Library arranged for the Tombstone Library to stock and operate a bookmobile to serve rural communities.

In 1975, Cochise County Library became a department of county government. The office moved from Tombstone to downtown Old Bisbee, on the middle floor of the Post Office building below the Copper Queen Library. In addition to continuing the bookmobile operation, Cochise County Library began to offer support services such as supplementary collections, interlibrary loan, and continuing education to the city libraries, and also to the volunteer-run libraries that were being established in several unincorporated communities.

In 1970-80, Cochise County Library made formal agreements with the city libraries, defining county-level services, and also with the agencies which owned the buildings which housed libraries in Sunsites, Sunizona, and Portal. These rural libraries became branches.

Throughout the 1980s, Cochise County Library developed its support services, adding a Reference Librarian to its staff, installing a link to the national interlibrary loan network (OCLC), and building collections through a series of state and federal grants. County Library offices were moved to the Old Bisbee High School in 1982. New branches were established at Naco (1982) and Bowie (1985). The Elfrida branch opened in 2003.

Cochise County Library became a Library District in 1986 according to a state law passed that year. In the 1990s, member libraries began planning for shared automation and started to build their machine-readable databases. In 1996-97, the Library District purchased and installed a countywide online system which integrates and streamlines daily staff functions such as cataloging and circulation to customers. The online system also promotes resource-sharing: customers at all member libraries can search the combined catalog and request items located at any of the member libraries.

Cochise County Library District Today

In addition to its support services for libraries throughout the county, the Library District currently offers Talking Books and Homebound services (the Minibookmobile) for residents who are not able to visit area libraries. Bookmobile service for rural residents was suspended in February, 2017 due to budget constraints.

Administration of the Library District is the responsibility of Cochise County. The Board of Directors of the Library District is the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.

The mailing address of the Cochise County Library District is Drawer AK, Bisbee, AZ 85603.

If you have questions or comments about services at the Cochise County Library District, contact the Library Director, Amadee Ricketts, at (520) 432-8935, or send an email to aricketts@cochise.az.gov.

If you have questions or comments about using the online catalog, contact the Systems Librarian at (520) 432-8938 or send an email to lscritch@cochisecold.lib.az.us.

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