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Burton Barr Central Library

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Address: 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
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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... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 the summer months with restaurants and cafes close by.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

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Thank Eva G
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 on campus or online school. Aside from this the library has other areas to explore.... More 

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tucson az
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Reviewed April 19, 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 is moving so this provides a very soothing sound throughout most of the structure. It... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

i love to go to this library as it has many floors, lots of books, can rent movies, etc. also in a great downtown location where one can enjoy (the park..next to it)

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Pecs, Hungary
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

My boys love to go there. They have many activities for kids for free. And I really like the culture pass option!

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Thank Dietex
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

The main branch library shows what can be accomplished in Phoenix. Superb architecture, accomplished staff and an extensive collection. We use it at least once a month for everything from videos, to esoteric magazines to graduate research. Lots of computers and tech assistance.

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Thank Mike K
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Many folks in today's electronic age like reading books via their tablets or Kindle.......give us a real book with pages to turn! We love visiting the library, just walking in the door and smelling the books and going to our favorite area's to search for something fun or interesting to take along to a nice cozy corner to read. There's... More 

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Thank Mary M
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

On the first day of summer, at noon this building was designed to perform a spectacular light show! As the main branch of the Phoenix Public Library it houses a good number of collections especially geared to Arizona and the Southwest, as well as the usual library collections. There is a decent amount of public computers available.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed March 8, 2017

We take our grandchildren to the library weekly. Staff are extremely helpful and kids love to read. Library is well organized, ad plenty of parking.

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