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Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
+1 602-262-4636
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By far the biggest library in Phoenix.

The location is currently closed for renovations/repairs to the roof after a hail storm damaged the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Scott R
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Phoenix, Arizona
Burton Barr (closed/renovations) and Park Central (temporary) Libraries, Phoenix, Arizona.

Yes, yes indeed, IF you do your Trip Advisor homework, you full well realize that the Main Central... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
kanbaatar
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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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.
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1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
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+1 602-262-4636
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 15 March 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

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Reviewed 12 March 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.

Thank MesaMike
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Reviewed 8 March 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

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

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

Thank caharris1943
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Reviewed 14 February 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

Thank Hannahbears_mom
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

If you are a fan of interesting architecture, the Burton Barr is a must visit. Unfortunately there was a flood there earlier in the year and the library is currently closed for renovations and updates due to this event. Once it is open to the...More

Thank DixiePhoenix
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

It was (is) the main or central library of the City of Phoenix but due to water damage earlier in the year, it is currently closed for repairs. If there is a projected completion date for the repairs, it has not been widely publicized. Fortunately,...More

Thank cmaxson1947
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Due to severe water and structural damage, this main library is currently closed. I'm not aware that a date has been set for its reopening.

Thank CharleyandhisTravels
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

The library was designed by a renown architect. When you are on the top floor, you feel as it you are suspended from a Sky Scraper. There is no way to explain it, other than to experience it. Unfortunately due to pipes bursting in the...More

Thank Harry W
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