South Mountain Community Library is one of a just a few libraries in the nation that serves simultaneously as a community college library and a public library. Students and faculty from South Mountain Community College use library resources and the facilities as their research and information center. SMCL also serves children, teens, and adults as the 17th branch of the Phoenix Public Library system. Employees from both organizations staff this unique building and patrons have access to almost all of the resources that both organizations have to offer.
The Story of SMCL
In Fall of 2002, the leaders of the City of Phoenix, Councilman Michael Johnson, and South Mountain Community College President Dr. Ken Atwater conceived of a partnership between South Mountain Community College (SMCC) and the City of Phoenix to create a joint library for the community of South Phoenix. Over the course of late 2002 and 2003, former City Librarian Toni Garvey and former SMCC Library Chair Gary Marks met to consider the feasibility of this undertaking. The new library became a reality when the voters of Maricopa County passed the Maricopa County Community College District bond in 2004 and the Phoenix electorate passed the City of Phoenix bond in 2006.