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Burton Barr Central Library

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Address: 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
Phone Number: +1 602-262-4636
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A library for the space age, this five-story cube of steel and glass is...

A library for the space age, this five-story cube of steel and glass is clad in ribbed copper sheeting and sunshine.

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King of the Phoenix Libraries

This library is a bit far from many areas, but it has such a variety of books and activities and also has great meeting room.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This library is a bit far from many areas, but it has such a variety of books and activities and also has great meeting room.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have lived in Phoenix most of my life and this is my first visit to this library. It is an incredible place. I love architecture. It is a beautiful building. A lot of attention paid to the inside and out. It has five floors with an extremely large collection. There are plenty of people there to help you with... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Normally, one would presume that a library has books to peruse. Well, buckle up, buttercup! Not only does this place have books, they also lend out A/V media like, DVDs and CDs of music. Heck, half of my iTunes is from library originated media. This library has a neat astronomical feature that is fun to see happen when it does.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the end of October 2016 and this is definitely a must see when you are in Phoenix. It's a 5 floor library with one of the floors used for administration. There is a glass elevator to ride from floor to floor, which is a quite interesting way to see each floor. This library is also a repository for the... More 

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not only do they have a great selection of everything to share, this place is drop dead gorgeous…beautiful architecture, light, water and great folks

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a fantastic building with beautiful facilities. The only problem is Phoenix's lax attitude towards the Homeless People who take over the desks and bathe in the bathrooms. At least they don't bother people, and I have not had any of my possessions stolen when I've had to leave my desk temporarily. The librarians have been very helpful with... More 

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Thank Warren N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

one of the best library i have ever visited .staff was very knowledgeable .super clean and quite place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Beautiful, modern with so many departments to visit. Parking is great and free. They sponsor a lot of public service meetings that are informative and interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The staff is always ready to help and great with research. The 5th floor has plenty of study areas that are spacious and the art within the build is nice. Other arts for viewing must make an appointment.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

It's amazing the wealth of materials available at this big, beautiful library. Books (of course), movies, magazines, programs, The College Depot (finish high school, apply to college, get help with financial aid), The Hive (start your own business), public computers, children's area, teen center, The Arizona Room, etc. The views from the top floor are amazing. And the staff is... More 

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