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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.

Library Policies

By using the ACU Library, you agree to follow all ACU Library policies and rules, as well as other ACU policies and rules.

Library Hours

Library hours are posted on homepage of the ACU Library Catalog.

To meet university health requirements, non-ACU visitors must contact our Head Librarian, Rob Oliverio, for approval to use the ACU Library.

Library Staff

Robert Oliverio, M.A.L.I.S.

Head Librarian

Office Phone: (602) 489-5300 x1110 | Toll-free: (800) 247-2697 x1110 | Fax: (602) 404-2159
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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 three children.

Randi Baltzer, M.A.L.I.S.

Reference and Technical Services Librarian

Office Phone: (602) 386-4117 | Toll-free: (800) 247-2697 x1117 | Fax: (602) 404-2159
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Randi loves researching and learning about new topics. If you need help developing a research subject, finding resources, or brainstorming your subject, she’s happy to help. Or, if you just need help in general, she’s here to aid you in your quest.

Randi was born and raised in Phoenix. She earned her B.A. in English with a certificate in Literature and a Minor in History at Northern Arizona University. In 2021, she earned her M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona. When Randi is not working, she plays with her German shepherd, Winchester (“Winnie”). She also spends time with her family, including her niece and nephew. Randi enjoys reading fiction and history books. Her favorite author is J.R.R. Tolkien, though she also enjoys George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Louisa May Alcott. She’s happy to recommend good fiction reads!

Valerie Stirek

Library Technician

Office Phone: (602) 489-5300 x1130 | Toll-free: (800) 247-2697 x1130 | Fax: (602) 404-2159
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Valerie is a native Phoenician, born and raised in the west valley. She has been married to her wonderful husband Scott for over 32 years. They have one grown son, Ben, who also lives in the Phoenix area. She has over 18 years of experience in both private and public education environments, with the main focus being in libraries as a library technician and a library assistant. Valerie enjoys helping people of all ages and backgrounds and sharing her knowledge and faith. She is excited to be here at ACU, and she looks forward to meeting you and assisting you soon.

Tihesia Weedon

Library Assistant

Office Phone: (602) 386-4117 | Toll-free: (800) 247-2697 x1117 | Fax: (602) 404-2159
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Tihesia was born and raised in New Jersey where she met and married her husband, Eric. They have five adult children living in different parts of the country. Tihesia is a lover of storytelling. She believes it is the most influential form of teaching, leadership, and evangelism. During her time on the mission field, she discovered the most powerful means of sharing the gospel began with one simple phrase, “Tell me your story,” after which she was able to share her story—a story of mercy and a testimony of grace.

 

Tihesia is a freelance writer pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is at her happiest when she is capturing beauty through photography which gets punctuated by her colorful poetry and prose. She is most inspired to write while on any outdoor adventure exploration, and she believes wilderness wandering produces the most wonderous wondering. Her mission in life is to love God and make His love known to everyone she encounters.

 

Her favorite scripture is Hosea 2:14 (NIV): “Therefore, I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.”

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