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Burton Barr Central Library

Map & Directions 1221 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Sun 12pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6pm


Phoenix New Times' Description

Will Bruder designed this copper-toned building, which looks, from the west, like something from the first Alien flick and, from the north, like a cross between a blimp hangar and a Land of the Giants-scale hothouse. It is a torrid spot for local lovers of the word -- one of the few Valley cultural institutions that seems perpetually packed.

Member Reviews

  • on 09/06/13

    The building is really cool to look at from the outside, and on the 5th floor it has a great view of downtown phoenix and the surrounding mountains! But on the bum side of things this is a place for Homeless people from all over to "Hang out". I personally have walked into a "Burton Barr Central Library" restroom and have seen Homeless people washing and cleaning themselves in... More >>

  • awdraper
    on 08/18/11

    One of the coolest buildings in Phoenix. Worth a visit even if you aren't going to check out any books. The gallery usually has some interesting art, and the rare book collection is incredible.

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  • Phoenix New Times on 11/28/11

    Best of Phoenix Winner 2011: Best Secret Treasures at the Library. There's a secret treasure at the library. Digital photography, book publishing, Buddhism, criminal profiling, yoga, and more.

  • Wen M. on 05/14/10

    My favorite book store in the area! Free books, movies, music and even a coffee bar all within biking distance.

  • Si R. on 12/15/10

    The Arizona Room on the second floor is a great resource for all things Arizona history!

  • Sherian J. on 10/14/10

    love the kids area

  • Sam C. on 09/20/10

    Check out the CD section. They have a great variety of music.

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  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Fri., Sat. until June 1, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until June 1, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu. until June 1

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    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. April 22

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