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Writers in Residence will have access to the following libraries.  I guarantee your research and reference material needs will be beyond satisfied, in addition to a robust library of classic novels for inspiration and entertainment.  Scroll down for extensive descriptions and details.

The Casa de la Rosa Library:

Resident and workshop guests of Casa de la Rosa will have exclusive access to an extensive writing resource library on-site.  The Casa de la Rosa private library is unprecedented. You will find amazing resources without ever leaving the house.  Treasures in the library include:

  • More than 150 books on story crafting and the writing process.  You will have access to a wealth of inspiration and writing prompt ideas.  Our library includes books on every aspect of writing: character, scene, dialogue, theme and voice.  We have a large assortment of genre guides such as how to write memoirs, mystery, or science fiction.

  • Over XXX books on grammar, vocabulary, language, style guides and editing. 

  • Plus, an armful of books on publishing and marketing.

  • A variety of books on creativity

  • A sampling of books on art, beauty, nature, food, culture, and history.

  • Board selection of reference materials, such as:

    • The Oxford English Dictionary (OED)- 20 volume set.  The unparalled principle historical dictionary of the English language. The OED is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronuniciation of 600,000 words - past and present -from the English-speaking world. 

    • Gems

    • Myths

    • Almanacs

    • Atlases

    • Astrological

    • Chemistry

    • Anatomy

    • Architecture

    • Literary Reference Guides

    • Quotations

Books on Writing

Reference Books:

  • Atlas of World History

  • Emily Post's Etiquette

  • The Dictionary of Mythology

  • Barthlett's Familiar Quotations

Books on Creativity

Books on Publishing & Marketing

  • The Business Side of Creativity

  • An Insider's Guide to Publishing

  • The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing

  • Patent, Copyright, and Trademark, 14th Edition

  • Protect Your Writing

  • A Primer on Intellectual Property Licensing

  • Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published

  • Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write

  • The Self-Publishing Manual

  • The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing

  • Publishing for Profit

  • Social Media for Writers

  • Guerilla Marketing for

The Private Library of Proprietor Becky Owens - Leather Bound Signed Modern Classics:

  • The nearby Casa Grande house has a prized library of exquisite collection of leather bound books of signed modern classics from Easton Press, hardback books with gilded pages in gold. The proprietor allows access to her private collection exclusively to Casa de la Rosa writers in residence. These great works bond in the highest of quality are meant to provide inspiration. In addition, the library includes other books from great American.

Mesa Public Library

  • Select Locations:

    • Dobson Ranch Branch @ 2425 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202 (less than 2 miles away)

    • Main Branch & THINKSpot @ 64 East 1st St, Mesa, AZ 85201  (less than 8 miles away)

  • Phone number: 480-644-3100

  • Website:

Tempe Public Library

  • Location @ 3500 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282  (4.3 miles away)

  • Phone number:  480-350-5500

  • Website:

Chandler Public Library

  • Select Locations:

    • Chandler Downtown Branch @ 22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225 (less than 8 miles away)

    • Chandler Sunset Library @  4930 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226  (5 miles away)

  • Phone Number: 480-782-2800

  • Website:

Phoenix Public Library

  • Select Locations:

    • Burton Barr Library (anchor library) @ 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (17 miles away)

    • South Mountain Library @ 7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ  (10 miles away)

    • Desert Broom Library @ 29710 N Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331  (32 miles)

      • The design integration into the desert landscape is what is notable with this environmental sensitive and award-winning building.

    • Ironwood Library @ 4333 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048 (10 miles)

    • Saguaro Library @ 2808 N 46th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008 (12 miles)

  • Phone number: 602-243-8187

  • Website:

Scottsdale Public Library

  • Select Locations:

    • Civic Center Main Branch @ 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (11 miles away)

    • Arabian Library @ 10215 E. McDowell Mtn. Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (20 miles away)

      • The architectural design with what is notable about this library.  The building is designed to resemble Arizona canyon geology with sharply  angled walls of rust colored steel, stone, and glass -- featuring rooftop gardens and courtyards that open to the sky.

  • Phone number: 480-312-7323

  • Website:

 Maricopa County Library System 

  • Select Locations

    • Guadalupe @ 9241 S Avenida Del Yaqui, Guadalupe, AZ  85283 (4 miles away)

      • Note: This library has special collections in Spanish and Yaqui

    • Southeast Regional Library @ 775 N Greenfield Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234 (10 miles away)

      •  Note: adjacent to the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, a 110 acre park and wildlife preserve in the Town of Gilbert

  • Phone number: 602-652-3000

  • Website:


Arizona State Government Library, Archives, and Public Records

  • Location: 1700 West Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007 

  • Phone number:  602-926-3870

  • Website:

Arizona State University (Tempe & Downtown Phoenix) 

  • Main Library - Hayden Library on Tempe Campus  @ 300 E Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ (6 miles)

  • Nobel Library on Tempe Campus - Building Code NOBLE @ 601 E Tyler Mall (7 miles)

    • Special notes: 

      • Contains a Map and Geospatial Hub with over 200,000 maps and over 2,800 atlases,

      • Science and Standards emphasis

  • Downtown Phoenix Campus Library @ 411 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ - University Center Lower Level (16 miles)

  • Other notable collections are the Chicano/a Research Center and Music Library

  • Website:

Maricopa Community College Libraries

  • Select Locations:

    • Mesa Community College @ 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202  (less than 4 miles away)

    • Rio Salado Community College @ 2323 W 14th St, Tempe, AZ 85281 (8 miles away)

    • Scottsdale Community College @ 9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (13 miles)

    • Gateway Community College @ 108 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (12 miles away)

    • Chandler-Gilbert Community College @ 2626 East Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225 (12 miles)

    • South Mountain Community College @ 7050 South 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042 (11 miles) 

University of Arizona (Tucson)

  • Located in Tucson, Arizona (107 miles away)

  • Notable collections are a southwest anthropology and archeology library, a health science library, astronomy library, and one of the nation's finest collections of contemporary poetry, which is open to the public.

  • Website:

Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff)

  • Located in Flagstaff, Arizona (160 miles away)

  • Notable collections are in the fields of geology, forestry, and Native American history.

  • Website:

10215 E. McDowell Mtn. Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Private Libraries

  1. The Casa de la Rosa Reference Library  

  2. Private Collection of Proprietor Becky Owens

Local Public Libraries

  1. Mesa Public Library

  2. Tempe Public Library

  3. Chandler Public Library

  4. Phoenix Public Library

  5. Scottsdale Public Library

  6. Maricopa Country Library System - Guadalupe & Southeast Regional Libraries

State Public Library

  1. Arizona State Government Library, Archives, and Public Records

University & College Libraries

  1. Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries (Tempe & Downtown Phoenix)

  2. Maricopa Community Colleges' Libraries (Maricopa County)

  3. University of Arizona (UA) Libraries (Tucson)

  4. Northern Arizona University (NAU) Libraries (Flagstaff)

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