Eloy Santa Cruz Library
1000 N Main St, Eloy AZ 85131
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LIBRARY
The women of the Methodist Missionary Alliance establish the first lending library in Eloy at the Community Center sometime around 1947 or 1948. In 1952, the Professional Business Women’s Club (BPW) of Eloy decided that a larger space and collection was required to serve the educational needs of Eloy’s high school students. The BPW asked the local cotton farmers to donate bales of cotton to raise the money for a new structure and additional books. A new library building was erected at 624 N. Main Street in 1955, and the first librarian was Bob Long. A painting of the original building done by Ms Noe still graces the library’s walls today. In 1972, using grant funds from the State of Arizona, an addition was constructed to the west to house the reference and Arizona collections. In 1987, another grant allowed the extension of the original building towards the south, in order to provide a juvenile and young adult area, as well as upgraded public restrooms and a kitchenette. By the end of the century, the library’s collections and new technology additions had outgrown the current building’s capacities. In the spring of 2000, plans were developed to rehabilitate the old Community Center, vacant for several years, and relocate the library to it’s original home at 100 E. 7th St.
In January of 2001, the library moved into its home on East 7th Street. Patrons formed a book brigade to help move the last of the library’s collections down Main Street and into the freshly remodeled building. The main library area with its vaulted ceiling and exposed roof joists is architecturally unique to the Eloy area. In addition to the main library, the new building houses a children’s library, youth area, a separate computer lab, and the APS Community Meeting Room, which was upgraded with a $20,000 grant from APS. The library has over 14,000 items in all formats, and 12 public access computers attached to a T-1 data line. Staffing consists of 2 librarians, 2 library assistants, & 1 library aide and the annual budget is around $210,000.
The journey continued in 2012 as Eloy Public Library moved again to a joint-use public/high school facility at 1000 N Main Street and adopted a new name: Eloy Santa Cruz Library in reference to the Santa Cruz Valley Union High School.