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Burton Barr Central Library

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1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
+1 602-262-4636
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More Than a Library

I love libraries. I am in awe of this library. First of all--the architecture. It has an industrial... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2017
tucson az
library on a sunday

i love to go to this library as it has many floors, lots of books, can rent movies, etc. also in a... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2017
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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
Central City
+1 602-262-4636
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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...More

1  Thank krlynn
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)

Thank paulawernke
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!

Thank Dietex
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.

Thank Mike K
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...More

Thank Mary M
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...More

1  Thank Harriet S
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.

Thank rosieb482015
Reviewed March 7, 2017

This is the largest library I have ever visited. Loved the variety of events that are planned for the library and its patrons. I don't live close enough to make it practical to attend all, but there were a couple events that are worth the...More

1  Thank rex h
Reviewed March 3, 2017

This library being so big obviously has everything in it. Go here on the equinoxes to see a wonderful play of light on the tips of the columns in the reading room on the top floor.

2  Thank Pranav N
Reviewed February 18, 2017

This library is as good as they come with so many media options and events and computers availability.

1  Thank LeslieK62
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