Pinal County opened its first new library in more than 20 years on Aug. 10.
The San Tan Library is located within the county’s new District 2 complex on Bella Vista Road, just east of the Central Arizona College campus. It’s at the heart of the 100,000-resident region. In the past, residents had to travel north to Queen Creek and pay a fee to use that library or south to the Florence Community Library.
Now, residents have 13,000 brand new books and 7,000 other items, ready for checkout in their neighborhood — and they won’t even have to worry about late fees.
District 2 Supervisor Mike Goodman said, “Expanding our public library services into San Tan Valley has been in the works for some time. We are excited about this new chapter and consider it a solid stepping stone in the right direction by providing more services and amenities to the area. We look forward to seeing the community come together and utilize the space as a place of gathering and growth!”
There was a crowd waiting on opening day to get into the library, which has books, audiobooks, digital media, and even board games available for all ages. Programming will be targeted for every age group. Other services include interlibrary loans, public computers with internet and printer access, a wireless network, public fax/copier, and full-text databases.
Erik Surber is managing the library and said he and his staff are eager to serve the residents of San Tan Valley: “I’m drawn to San Tan Valley because it is energized, youthful, and growing so quickly. We strive to be worthy of such a wonderful and vibrant community.”
Library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information visit pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Library/Locations/Pages/SanTan.aspx or call 520-866-8035.