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Phoenix Public Library - Burton Barr Central Library

Library, Historic Site, and Office
Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix
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  • Si R.
    "great resource for all things Arizona history!"(4 Tips)
    JK G.
    "Crystal Canyon atrium"(2 Tips)
    Sherian J.
    "love the kids area"(2 Tips)
    Ceciley
    "Great selection of books, cds and movies."(6 Tips)
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  • 🌵Andrew K.
    🌵Andrew Kolikoff🌵August 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Contemporary exterior & interior. Entrance is memorable, esp. when you make the turn towards the elevators (that appear to sit on water). Be sure to look up. Really beautiful yet functional library.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LamFebruary 15, 2013
    I have been to a lot of libraries in Southern California, but I think Burton Barr is the largest public library so far. It is very organized and has a unique interior structure. Great teen section.
  • Cortney K.
    Cortney KaminskiNovember 18, 2013
    It may sound lame to relax at a library, but if you ever wanted to try this is the place! Their upstairs has amazing windows that you can enjoy the views and read a book with!
  • JK G.
    JK GrenceFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Mini art lesson! The Crystal Canyon atrium is an excellent example of forced perspective; the gently sloping walls make it look deeper from the bottom than it does from the top.
  • JK G.
    JK GrenceFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The architecture of this library is spectacular, to say the least. Take a closer look with a FREE tour, every Saturday at 11 AM.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesNovember 28, 2011
    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. Read more
  • Wen M.
    Wen MMay 15, 2010
    My favorite book store in the area! Free books, movies, music and even a coffee bar all within biking distance.
  • Vianka V.
    Vianka VillaNovember 18, 2013
    If you are into music, stop by and check out CDs. The limit for checking out is 10 per visit.
  • Anne C.
    Anne ChristensenFebruary 16, 2010
    The cafe has finally opened! Decent coffee, cold sandwiches and wraps, salads, hot soup, popcorn, nachos, and baked goods. Right on the light rail and bus, too. Read more
  • Ceciley
    CecileyMarch 10, 2011
    Great selection of books, cds and movies. The 3rd floor is quiet and nice for reading.
  • Kat I.
    Kat IngallsAugust 15, 2014
    Great quiet study areas up on the 5th floor with views of the city
  • Adam H.
    Adam HelsingerDecember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    1st Floor - New Non-Fiction, 2nd Floor - Reference, 3rd Floor - Administration, 4th Floor - Teen, 5th Floor - Everything else
  • Foundation Center
    Foundation CenterMay 29, 2012
    Looking for grant and fundraising information? Access Foundation Center resources, including Foundation Directory Online Professional, for FREE at this location!
  • Si R.
    Si RobinsDecember 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Arizona Room on the second floor is a great resource for all things Arizona history!
  • The T.
    The TruthJune 29, 2012
    Arizona Federal Credit Union ATM available by the Information Desk in lobby
  • Nin N.
    Nin NOctober 21, 2015
    My favorite library in Arizona. It's beautiful
  • Sam C.
    Sam CohenSeptember 21, 2010
    Check out the CD section. They have a great variety of music.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CantúJanuary 10, 2012
    Closed at 5 on mondays, fridays, and sundays. Budget cuts no bueno
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DunmoreDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The store sells book lights!
  • yeremy s.
    yeremy sAugust 18, 2010
    Check out the plack at the east entrance on the south wall! Burton Barr
  • Melodie
    MelodieSeptember 17, 2010
    Walk six times around the Great Reading Room, and you've walked a mile. Read more
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FordApril 26, 2013
    Easy access from light rail.
  • Tom S.
    Tom ServoJuly 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the stairs, Fatboy... Chubby Chic!
  • Homeless Bill
    Homeless BillJune 23, 2010
    The "crystal canyon" at the library actually refers to the mineral and NOT the drug, as I previously believed.
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall ShoreNovember 3, 2011
    Altars at the library are cool!
  • Dan T.
    Dan TomichAugust 15, 2014
    Kids area is cool
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WilliamsMarch 4, 2011
    Its all about the quiet room... Total peace...
  • Jorge F.
    Jorge FerreroOctober 23, 2013
    Atendíng Guantánamo Public Memory Proyect
  • Exed O.
    Exed OuttSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Installing solar wings!
  • Sherian J.
    Sherian JenkinsOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    love the kids area
  • Nina M.
    Nina MillerNovember 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Improv classes offered by the Torch Theatre!
  • David H.
    David HillFebruary 16, 2011
    Watch out for the bums hiding in the shadows
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