The City of Maricopa Community Services Department is committed to providing services and amenities to enhance the quality of life of its residents.
The Maricopa Public Library is an affiliate library of the Pinal County Library District. The Library provides full library services, materials in all formats, programming for all ages, and 20 public access computers.The Library is located at 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, near the corner of Desert Greens Drive.
The History of the Library
In 1958, Pinal County Library established making books on loan to small communities. A few local residents started a shelf of books on loan in an insurance office next to the Post Office.
During the 1960's and 70's the Community Library outgrew the insurance office and was allowed to move into an unused building on the old Maricopa school campus. The school also used the Community Library during this time and many volunteers kep the library operation going.
In the late 70's the Community Library left the school for a home in another insurance office. In 1983 the Community Library was flooded along with the school and most of the town. When what was left of the Library was salvaged, it was moved to a small building just south of the tracks on the east side and was open again to the public.
From 1983 to 1988, the Community Library moved to an unused office in the County Sheriff's building where it remained until property and a building were made possible through various donations and fundraising activities of the entire community. The new Library was open to the public in 1988. It was located on Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway behind Rotary Park. It was the pride of Maricopa.
In 1989 the Maricopa FFA landscaped the grounds and poured the sidewalks. At a later date another FFA group built the porch. Many other individuals and groups made improvements and donated their services through the years. The Library was sustained through the volunteer efforts of individuals who were loyal in their support to their community.
When the City incoporated in 2003, the Maricopa Cultural Activity Center donated the land and building to the City of Maricopa. That group, known today as the Friends of the Maricopa Public Library, continued to advocate for the needs of their community. And in 2009, the Maricopa Public Library, a new and beautiful building was opened.