About

ACU Library

Library Hours: Summer

May 30 – Aug. 13

Monday & Wednesday     10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday & Thursday     11:15 AM – 6:00 PM

EXCEPTIONS

Wed., June 7     CLOSED from 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Wed., June 14     CLOSED from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Thurs., June 15     Noon – 6:00 PM

Tues., July 4     CLOSED

Thurs., July 13     Noon – 6:00 PM

Hours are subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.

Library Policies

By using the ACU Library, you agree to follow the ACU Library Patron Code of Conduct and the ACU Library Circulation Policy, as well as other ACU policies and rules. For questions on borrowing privileges and responsibilities, please review these documents or contact our library staff.

Library Staff

Robert Oliverio

Robert Oliverio

Head Librarian

Office Phone: (602) 386-4110 | Fax: (602) 404-2159
[email protected]

Rob Oliverio loves to help people find information. That’s why he became a librarian. If you ask him a question, he will do whatever he can to meet your need. In the meantime, he works behind the scenes to ensure that you can find books and other resources in the ACU Library’s catalog and on the shelf. He also offers instruction in how to do research and creates Pathfinders and handouts to empower you as an independent researcher. He strives to save you time and to lead you to success in your studies at ACU.

Rob is a Phoenix native who likes philosophy, theology, and church history most among his wide-ranging interests. After getting a solid, Biblically integrated education from Grace Christian High School, he obtained a B.A. in Integrative Studies with a Minor in Religious Studies from Arizona State University. His undergraduate education gave him a broad background in the liberal arts, especially philosophy. In fact, he even pursued graduate study in philosophy at Purdue University for a year before realizing his passion for librarianship. An internship at the Phoenix Seminary Library convinced Rob to seek an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona; he graduated in December 2014. Rob enjoys serving at Northwest Community Church and spending his free time with his wife Stefani (an ACU alumna) and their two children.

Library History

The ACU Library is named after Dr. Richard S. Beal. Dr. Beal was one of the founders of ACU and was a well-known leader in the Conservative Baptist movement. He pastored First Baptist Church of Tucson from 1918-1969. While he served as pastor, the church grew in membership from 200 to over 3,000.  Dr. Beal wrote and published several books during his lifetime, including ten volumes of sermons titled Rivers in the Desert. Dr. Beal passed away in 1989 at 102 years of age. In 2004, R. Beal Jr., Dr. Beal’s son, published a book about the life and ministry of his father titled A Modern Barnabas: The Ministry of R.S. Beal of Tucson. Dr. Beal Jr. donated his impressive Entomology collection to ACU’s science department.

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