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Wonderful facility

I spent 25 years of my career in libraries, mostly academic but I have an appreciation for all of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Phoenix, Arizona
Back Open Again

This is the Phoenix Main Library with an astonishing assortment of books and magazines. If you want... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona
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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.
1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
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+1 602-262-4636
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent 25 years of my career in libraries, mostly academic but I have an appreciation for all of them. I was happy to see this one reopen after having been closed for almost a year due to water damage. It is an attractive, modern...More

Thank nanatravels2
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is the Phoenix Main Library with an astonishing assortment of books and magazines. If you want foreign language they have it, DVD's and CD's you bet, childrens section, everything you could want and they do take donations of books for resale.

Thank L9655LLdougs
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I rarely actually go to this library but I use the online catalog to order books A LOT. I'm always delighted that I can get most anything I want, the only complaint I have is they are slow to process the new releases. So if...More

Thank JustJanetPhoenix
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Verify the hours they are open. Traveling across town takes time and gas for auto, so plan accordingly. Plenty of space to work, and people to ask for help for some difficult subjects. Older city directories or phone books were available for research of relatives...More

Thank Perry G
Reviewed May 13, 2018

The location is currently closed for renovations/repairs to the roof after a hail storm damaged the roof causing it to leak. It should be re-opened by the end of summer 2018.

Thank Scott R
Reviewed March 14, 2018

Yes, yes indeed, IF you do your Trip Advisor homework, you full well realize that the Main Central Lilbrary, Burton Barr, here in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, is indeed closed for repairs and renovations due to a flooding incident a year or so ago. Life goes...More

1  Thank kanbaatar
Reviewed March 12, 2018

The library is under renovation due to flooding. the current location is a shadow fo the former building. But the storms damage will be resolved and then we will get our big library back.

1  Thank MesaMike
Reviewed March 7, 2018

Currently closed due to extensive water damage from summer storm causing sprinklers to engage. They are scheduled to open in mid-2018. I love spending a couple hours here while spouse is attending exercise classes, but for me the design of the library is too cold...More

Thank jean31338
Reviewed February 25, 2018

Loaded with great book, movies, music, and very helpful staff. I love that Ancestry.com is free here.

Thank caharris1943
Reviewed February 14, 2018

It's currently closed for repair, however beautiful building. When they open again, I highly recommend visiting. There is a large selection of books - perfect for everyone. Lots of activities as well

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