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Welcome to the Library: West Campus Library

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About West Campus Library

The West Campus (WC) Library is the oldest and largest, in terms of physical space and size of the collection, of the five College libraries. The WC Library occupies the entire third floor of the Santa Catalina building. The overall footprint of the third floor is approximately 24, 000 square feet. The second floor of the Santa Catalina building is mainly taken up with the Academic Computer Commons and the Learning Center (tutoring).

The WC Library has open seating/study space for 100+ students. There are nine group study rooms that accommodate 4-5 students, and one large group study room that accommodates 10- 12 students comfortably. There is “soft” seating for 25 students; the “soft” seating was recently replaced and the stacking-style chairs were reupholstered.

The physical layout of the WC Library is arranged to make our service areas prominent and to make it easy to staff during non-peak times. 

About the Library Team

The Librarians at WC take pride in their public service efforts. Individual reference assistance is as high of a priority to the Librarians as group instruction. The Librarians maintain very positive relations with the other faculty at WC. The Librarians at WC have also traditionally been campus and college-wide leaders. The classified staff at the Library (Library Specialists) are very competent and take their public service responsibilities seriously.

Chris Schipper, Campus Library Department Head


I am a newer resident to Tucson, having moved here from New Mexico in January, 2019. While originally from the Midwest (Iowa), my love for mountains and the desert brought me to the beautiful Four Corners area, where I've been living for the past thirteen years with my spouse, and a variety of cats. Hobbies and interests include: reading (surprise), hiking, photography, music, film, antiques, cooking, and gardening. I am eager to continue exploring my new home, and I'm excited to discover new trails, as well as new restaurants. Prior to coming to Pima, I worked as the library director at San Juan College in New Mexico. I have a Bachelor's in Philosophy, in addition to my Master's in Library & Information Science. Both degrees were conferred by the University of Iowa.

Lisa Hodgkins, Librarian

As a child I wanted to be a librarian and my dream came true! I'm a native of Washington, DC, but lived in a number of cities and two countries before settling in Tucson. My favorite things are reading, hiking, collecting old photographs and watching classic films on a cold day while sipping a cup of coffee. My current research obsession is late Victorian and early 20th century fashion and hope to publish a book on this soon. Helping Pima students with their research is the best job in the world because every day I learn something new.

Sandra Ley, Librarian

I love being a Fashion, Visual & Digital Arts librarian because I get to work with students who share my personal areas of interest.  Helping students with research and developing an amazing library collection are two things I enjoy most in my daily work.  During my personal time, I'm the creative force behind the blog Wilder Southwest.  On vacation, you can find me exploring the Four Corners States and connecting with local artisans.  I'm a U.S-Italian citizen, and I've been living in Arizona for over a decade.  If you share my areas of interest, come and say hello in English or Italian!

Emily Besich, Librarian

Hi! I love helping with citation and formatting quandaries, showing how to use our wonderful website, and guiding people to just the right resource in our library collection. I have been a Pima employee since 2016, I currently work at the Downtown and West Campus Libraries,

I'm a Tucson native who loves exploring our city, browsing estate sales, and making food and craft projects at home. 

My first priority is helping PCC students, faculty, and staff. Reach out at any time--I am here for you!

You can email me at:

West Campus Library


2202 W. Anklam Rd., Santa Catalina Bldg. 3rd floor, Tucson, AZ 85709-0070


  • Printing
  • Computers (public and student)
  • Study Rooms
  • Course Reserve Textbooks
  • And much more! 

Robbie Lopez, Library Services Specialist

I am a born and raised desert rat who has always called Tucson my home. I am relatively new to the library world, as I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Library and Information Science and just started with PCC Libraries in March 2019. My previous career was in the nonprofit world and I received my Bachelors Degree in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from Arizona State University. My previous nonprofit experiences and community work have fueled my journey into librarianship, where my passions lie in social justice, acessibility, advocacy, representation and support for POC (people of color), the Latinx/Chicanx community, QTPOC (queer & trans people of color), immigrant communities, the disabled community, and all the intersections inbetween. In my non-library life I love watching cult classic movies, enjoying music of all genres, treasure hunting in thrift stores, hanging out with my three dogs, and teaching my nieces and nephews the joys of old horror movies.


Monica Caraballo, Library Services Specialist

Louis Migliazza, Library Services Specialist

Louis joined the West Campus Library staff in July 2019. He obtained both his degrees from the University of Arizona (BA in Music, MA in Library & Information Science).  He is passionate about library service and being a library professional. In his free time, he enjoys reading fiction