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Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Central City)
602 262 4636
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Ranked #19 of 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: Libraries
Description: 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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Arizona
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Quiet and professional in an award winning architecture. Be sure and check out the Arizona History section on the top floor.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Best library in town and a great study in modern architecture.Another great out of the sun and heat type outting and kid friendly too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Unique design. Rail system drops you at the front door. Free movies and lectures and a great business section.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I had to check this out because I love libraries and it's not often that one shows up on a list of must see locations attractions! This was a little ways away from where I was staying during my visit, closer to what at least used to be the "bad" part of town, but not at all bad during the... More

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Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Well, it's a library. I love libraries, so I'm always excited to go in one. This one has a lot of cool extras though. It has copper and panels set up (something I didn't fully understand) in a way to make the whole building more energy efficient. There is also water inside the library! Plus, the smell of books! I... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Excellent library - great natural light and houses The Friends' Place, a used book store and gift shop.

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Phoenix, AZ
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is an amazingly huge library! It is very well organized with so much to pick from and lots of options as far as groups meeting and fun and exciting choices. The furniture is great for chilling out with a magazine or book. You can even try out an instrument in the young adult room! There are floors and floors... More

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Phx library system is one of the few outstanding public systems in AZ. This is an architectural triumph, inside and out. Totally worth a visit. For the newest movies and books though, try Century branch or the one in South Phx.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went since reviewers said it was a great view of the city. It was nothing impressive at all. Luckily, there happened to be a free Nazi propaganda exhibit there when we went. So it wasn't a total loss afterall! The exhibit was pretty good and had an interactive cell phone option which made it more interesting.

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Castlegar, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Going to a library during your vacation might seem strange but this one is highly rated as an attraction. What an amazing place. Art work and there looked like a cafe but it was not open when we were there. One floor appeared to be mostly for teens. Great view from the top floor. The location is right off of... More

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