Location and Hours

Black and white image of the Poetry Center


An internationally renowned poetry library, the Poetry Center sponsors numerous University and community programs, including readings and lectures, classes and workshops, discussion groups, symposia, writing residencies, poets-in-the-schools, poets-in-the-prisons, contests, exhibitions, and online resources, including standards-based poetry curricula. An area of special emphasis within the College of Humanities, the Poetry Center is accessible to the public.


The University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen Street
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0150
520-626-5566 (FAX)



Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

*On Thursdays October 21, November 4, and December 2 the library will remain open until 7:00 PM for our Reading & Lecture Series events. For our calendar of events, see poetry.arizona.edu/calendar.

Upcoming Closures: 

Friday, Oct. 22—closed at the request of the University due to a Friday football game (we will be open on Saturday, Oct. 23)

Thursday, Nov. 11—closed for Veterans Day

Thursday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Nov. 27—closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, Dec. 23-Monday, Jan. 3, 2022—Winter closure


Free parking is available in Zone 1 lots around the Poetry Center after 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Paid parking is also available in the Highland Avenue Garage, across the street from the Poetry Center.


A condensed version of the Poetry Center's Code of Conduct is posted in the Center's library. For a view of our complete Code of Conduct and Poetry Center policies, click here: Poetry Center Code of Conduct.


You can take a virtual tour of the Poetry Center online using our panoramic viewer.