Since opening its doors in 2002, the Oro Valley Public Library has been the heart of our community. From unique programs to outstanding customer service, our library is a point of pride. As we approach Jan. 1—the official day that library transitions from affiliate to branch status—I know many people have questions about what this means for our patrons.
What you may not know is that many of the transitional changes have been ongoing for the past few months in order to ensure a seamless experience for the community. For example, Pima County Public Library (PCPL) District recently replaced all of the computers in the Oro Valley library, installed software upgrades, new wireless internet hardware and a new color copier. They also refreshed the children’s room with new carpet and paint.
So what hasn’t changed? This is still your library. You’ll still enjoy the same, friendly staff and their culture of outstanding customer service. The Friends of the Oro Valley Library Book Shoppe, book sales and other special events will continue. And the unique programs currently supported by the Oro Valley Public Library will still be available to our patrons.
Perhaps the most noticeable change after the transition is complete will be hours of service. We’re excited that PCPL will be expanding the library’s hours to include Sundays. Stay tuned for that exciting announcement in early 2013. Additionally, PCPL has committed to spending $250,000 this fiscal year on new books and materials for the Oro Valley collection. Another noteworthy change is the website. Online access to library information and services can now be found at www.library.pima.gov.
Although unrelated to the transition, there is one more important change that will occur in January. After nearly 11 years of service with the Town of Oro Valley, Library Branch Manager Jane Peterson will retire. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jane for her passion and dedication to Oro Valley residents, and for the culture of excellence she instilled in her staff. Because of her vision, our library has become a point of pride for our community. To ensure steady leadership during this time of transition, PCPL has appointed Ruth Grant as the new branch manager. Grant has worked for PCPL for 15 years, and we welcome her to the Oro Valley family.
When you factor in expanded service hours, upgraded computers and a growing collection to the existing framework of outstanding staff, programs and customer service, the Oro Valley Public Library will remain a point of pride for our community in 2013 and well into the future.
(Editor's Note: Greg Caton is the Oro Valley Town Manager.)