IMG_0775CropNot happy with what you get googling a word? Want to learn the whole history of a word? Check out the State Library’s collection of dictionaries! We have multiple dictionaries (including a full 20 volume Oxford English Dictionary, the largest in the English language) dating back to the 1930’s, and all on a handy two sided shelf in our reference area. (To see what treasures are on the other side, you’ll have to come in and see us!)

Can’t come visit? We also provide access to authoritative dictionaries online via Britannica Academic:



Upcoming Program

January 13, 2016 – Doing Business with Tribes: What You Need to Know


Presented by Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier.

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: State Library of Arizona, Con Cronin Commons (formerly 3rd Floor Training Area) 1700 W. Washington St. (State Capitol), Phoenix, AZ 85007

About Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier:

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier is nationally recognized in the areas of Indian Law, Gaming Law and Business Litigation. She represents tribes, tribal entities and businesses who engage in business transactions with tribes and tribal entities.

To register:


Technology-Enabled Transportation

Interested in the policy and planning implications of transportation services such as Uber and Lyft?

On December 11, 2015, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) will release Special Report 319: Between Public and Private Mobility: Examining the Rise of Technology-Enabled Transportation Services. 

As part of the release, members of the authoring committee will be present for a live webcast at 11 a.m. ET  (9 a.m. AZ Mountain) to report their findings and recommendations as well as participate in a Q & A session.

To view the live webcast on December 11, click here:


To learn more about the report:


This is an outside event; please follow links above for more information.




Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Pearl harbor

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor there will be a ceremony at 10:55am in Wesley Bolin Plaza on Monday, December 7 with a flyover from the CAF Airbase Arizona.

Immediately following will be  a talk by azcentral‘s Shaun McKinnon about his experience interviewing the last survivors of the USS Arizona in 2014. McKinnon traveled to Pearl Harbor and witnessed four survivors toast their fallen shipmates with champagne donated by President Gerald Ford. One of the champagne flutes was taken by U.S. Navy divers and left on the Arizona.

For more information, see:


Congratulations Chris!


Chris Seggerman, Genealogy Researcher was recognized at today’s meeting of the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Advisory Board meeting for rising to the occasion and ensuring a smooth transition of the genealogy collection to the Polly Rosenbaum History and Archives Building. Pictured left to right: Secretary of State Michele Reagan, Chris Seggerman, Library Advisory Board Chairman Brenda Brown.

To learn about the genealogy resources at the Polly Rosenbaum History and Archives:

http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/research-archives/genealogy-and-family-history (this link no longer works as we no longer have a separate genealogy collection. However, you can click HERE to see what genealogy material we still have in our catalog.)

To learn more about the advisory board:

http://www.azlibrary.gov/about/boards-and-commissions/advisory-board  (link still works, however the Advisory Board Of The Arizona State Library, Archives And Public Records was repealed effective August 9, 2017).

Congratulations to Maricopa Public Library!


Secretary of State Michele Reagan presented the Maricopa Public Library with a check for $9,425 to use towards virtual reality technology programs.

For some background, Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are administered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State. To learn more: