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Burton Barr Central Library

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Address: 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone Number: 602 262 4636
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Description: 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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Nice Large Library

This library is very large, not really a place for visitors but great for locals. They offer several free classes such as the business roadmap program and business energizer group... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This library is very large, not really a place for visitors but great for locals. They offer several free classes such as the business roadmap program and business energizer group that helped me grow my business. It also has a great space for kids and teens to go play and learn. So like I said if your a visitor don't... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Modern, impressive library. Interesting exhibits. Easy parking. Great place to spend time your family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The Burton Barr Central Library is an Oasis in the hot heart of Phoenix. There's plenty of free parking, some of it shaded. There are snacks for sale in the Friends of the Library bookstore, as well as used books and magazines at great prices. The Friends bookstore also sells reasonably priced postcards with photos of the library building, the... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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51 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is an average library, but the building is really cool. I would go there just for the passes that you can get for free admission to most of the paid sites I have reviewed here. botanical gardens, science center, etc.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I absolutely love the Burton Barr library. An avid bibliophile and teacher makes any library a joy, but Burton Barr offers so much more! While working on a paper last summer, I found teh College Depot and got my 14 year old son into several free workshops. He took workshops on writing college level essays, scholarship opportunities, and other college... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a nice place to depressureize and enjoy life. There's also a great coffee shop a short walk north, almost to McDowell Road.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The library is Huge! Very modern and updated. Beautiful! Plenty of places to sit and read or research. Great staff help when needed.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is one of the icons along Central Ave. They have a very interesting display when the equinox happens as the light shines all the way from the skylight along a wall to the floor many stories below. They really make a big theng about it an all sorts of interesting people go to see it.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

5 spacious floors divided into lots of designated rooms for numerous uses. Children, teens, creative, computers, reading, studying, college, educational seminars and much more. Impressive architectural details. Great views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

I've been coming to this library for several years and I still love it. Whether I came to study or simply to pass time, I always had a pleasurable relaxing experience. The best part is the 5th floor from which you can see downtown and midtown phoenix. I've been to several of the other phoenix public libraries and I must... More 

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