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Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
+1 602-262-4636
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Interesting building

The Phoenix public library is just north of downtown near the art museum and has free public... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chesterfield, MO
Fantastic resource

Many varied lectures, performances, craft sessions, displays and exhibits are put on at this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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A library for the space age, this five-story cube of steel and glass is clad in ribbed copper sheeting and sunshine.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
Central City
+1 602-262-4636
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Phoenix public library is just north of downtown near the art museum and has free public parking. The top floor has a large reading room with great views of downtown and interesting ocular windows above the columns. The rest of the library is pretty...More

Thank jjctraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many varied lectures, performances, craft sessions, displays and exhibits are put on at this well-regarded center in Phoenix. There is plenty of parking, signage is excellent and the programs on offer are top-notch. Every age from tiny children to seniors are catered for.

Thank sjgiants
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Multiple floors with virtually everything you want/need in a library. I especially love reserving a study room. Wish it were a little cleaner, but there are so many people here, I guess it's hard to keep up!

Thank breezy779
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Not only does this library have books and information on everything that you could ask for, it has friendly helpful staff. The building is beautiful and there is a room especially for Teens to hang out.

Thank wcindyo
Reviewed 27 June 2017

I went in to pick up my rewards from the Maricopa County summer reading program. Not only did I get them but 8 more new books to read. I went into the children's area and found the area packed with kids and parents reading and...More

Thank Carol B
Reviewed 6 June 2017

It has all kinds of books for leisure reading or learning anything you can think of. Good seating areas throughout the upper floors. Also, check out their online e-book catalog which may have some titles that you can download onto your Kindle or tablet..

Thank nomango
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The Phoenix Main Library is along the light rail system and is easily accessible. Lots of DVD movies to check out, bargain prices at the store on books and a good selection of new books as well as old. Great place to stay cool in...More

1  Thank David G
Reviewed 23 May 2017

While looking for some hard to find books, I visited this library. This has some old charm, is in a neat neighborhood and LOTS of selection. Many of the hardest to find books can be found here.

Thank Eva G
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Getting to this place is easy, if your using goole maps it is on point with the derections. Staff there are very polite and helpful,they guide you every step of the way. They find schools that will work with you, weather you want to go...More

1  Thank snowblade62
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I love libraries. I am in awe of this library. First of all--the architecture. It has an industrial feel with a lot of glass, concrete and chrome. This effect is softened by the large pool from which the staircase rises. The water in the pool...More

1  Thank krlynn
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