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Burton Barr Central Library

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Address: 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
Phone Number: 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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always friendly staff

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I prefer the City of Phoenix Library system over the county library system. City of Phoenix does great programs for toddlers and families. Burton Barr is a hugh place and is very modern looking you forget its a library.

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Thank Bekha Y
Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a gorgeous building. It is a good library and has all the essential things a library should have. It is truly lovely.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a great place for Arizona history and geo maps. plus all the other things a library provides

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful spaces including the top floor reading room which is akin to a football field in size. That children of Arizona donated pennies to clad the structure in copper makes it all the more special.

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each floor holds a little treasure of its own ... Each individual will find theirs! Beautiful views of downtown and some mountain ranges...great food super close by. Good handicapped spaces!

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best libraries i have ever been to.... It's beautiful full of light and it has a gigantic collection. Plus, the reading room on the top floor is the size of a football field! Support your local library..... Go learn something!

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Thank José P
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

This is the largest public library that I've ever seen. It's 5 stories high and just filled to the brim with so much! I have gone several times to have meetings for becoming a volunteer, but the people are lined up for a good half hour before the place even opens, and this during triple digit temps! It's a lovely... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

What a fabulous facility. Beautiful, well laid out and helpful people. Maybe a little more noise control but otherwise a great place to spend time. Vast collection.

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