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 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 Hours:

ACU Library COVID-19 Response

Library hours are posted in Populi.
Visitor access to the ACU Library has been temporarily suspended.

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
[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 three children.

Valerie Stirek

Library Technician

Office Phone: (602) 489-5300 x1130 | Toll-free: (800) 247-2697 x1130 | Fax: (602) 404-2159
[email protected]

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.

Amy Susnjara

Library Assistant

Office Phone: (602) 386-4117
[email protected]

Amy Susnjara is an alumna of Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s in Communications and a minor in Marketing. Her husband is a youth pastor, so much of their days are spent hanging out with kiddos playing Minecraft or running their College Group at their church! She is a huge Star Wars fan; and in her spare time, it’s not uncommon to catch her watching some Star Wars Explained videos, playing Halo with her husband, baking some Fall goodies, or going on walks with their border collie puppy, Winnie! She also runs her own photography business, so she would definitely say that she adores precious moments. She loves discussing films, Star Wars theories, and the wonder that is our Lord — let’s chat!


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(602) 386-4117
Toll Free: (800) 247-2697 x1117

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