The Arabian Library
Senior Coordinator: Yvonne Murphy
10215 E. McDowell Mt. Ranch Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
The Arabian Library is a welcome and unmistakable part of the McDowell Mountain Ranch community. Since its opening in 2007, the library has emphasized its position as a multi-use facility by offering public meeting rooms, computer access terminals, a larger children’s area, group study rooms and a space for teens.
In contrast to the general perception of public libraries as dusty old buildings filled with dated materials, the Arabian Library offers a decidedly fresh take on the concept. With 20,000 square feet of space and more than 75,000 volumes to choose from, you can be sure to find new releases as well as older, classic materials. Moreover, in the event that you cannot find what you’re looking for in this branch, a librarian will gladly assist in trying to procure the book from another library in the Scottsdale network.
One cool feature is the drive up window. This is the first library in the Scottsdale system to have this feature and it provides a convenient way to pickup a reserved book or returned previously borrowed materials without leaving the comfort of your car. Actually, nowadays, many people visit libraries for reasons other than borrowing books. Online research and media are just as important and the Arabian Library has recognized the new, electronic needs of visitors by providing centrally located computer terminals and wireless Internet access throughout the entire facility.
Perhaps one of the most compelling aspects of this particular library is that it caters to curious, thirsty visitors by having a vending/snack bar. Although the concept could make the library seem more like a large national bookstore, the Arabian Library has actually created a unique intimate setting, adjacent to the periodicals, that enhances the overall experience.
Another nice aspect of the Arabian library experience is its proactive efforts to educate and entertain. There are programs for kids, teens, and adults, that have become key things to consider when arranging one’s personal activities calendar. For example, there’s a formal book discussion held on the first Tuesday of every month that focuses on a list of books generally available on the Scottsdale Public Library system website (http://library.ci.scottsdale.az.us/) In addition, if you’re interested in expanding your computer knowledge, the library offers a variety of classes ranging from the basics of Windows operating systems and the Microsoft Office Suite to learning how to better protect yourself against computer hackers and internet scams.
A convenient book drop, a snack bar, new releases, an expanding media collection, and free computer access make the Arabian Library not only a worthwhile stop, but also a welcome addition to the MMR community.