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“Wow, that's a huge library!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Burton Barr Central Library

Burton Barr Central Library
Ranked #16 of 225 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A library for the space age, this five-story cube of steel and glass is clad in ribbed copper sheeting and sunshine.
Plattsburgh, New York
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65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Wow, that's a huge library!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

The library was huge, it was pretty clean. There were people apparently using the bathroom to bathe but that wasn't a big deal. It was a bit overwhelming and the woman at the desk on the fourth floor wasn't particularly friendly or helpful but I'll just go to someone else next time. There were lots of computers for people to use and they set an hour time limit. I had my laptop and had no problem connecting to their wifi (with my VPN on of course!). Their periodicals section was pretty extensive even thought they didn't have the ones I was looking for. I look forward to going back.

Visited May 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Unique, exceptional architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

I recommend a visit just for the experience of the architecture.......even if you aren't in need of the library.

Visited January 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Stunning Library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

It is very close to downtown activities. The staff is affable. It is a well organized the includes a wide array of reading, viewing and listening materials. The electronic capability aids in rapid service and the internet based reservation and books is excellent. The architecture utilized in the facility is well done.

Visited March 2013
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Maricopa, Arizona
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Whatever you need.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

If you can't find it here then go to ASU's library. Great little gallery and gift shop too. Wonderful selection of music and videos.

Visited March 2013
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Anthem, Arizona
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50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Never disappoints”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

This is an excellent, well stocked, multifaceted library on several levels (elevators provided). They are generous in allowing patrons from the Coounty to use this City facility. Their on-line book selection is extensive and quite current.

Visited June 2012
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