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Burton Barr Central Library

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Neighbourhood: Central City
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Address: 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1820
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A library for the space age, this five-story cube of steel and glass is...

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So many books to choose from and I like downloading eBooks from the Phoenix library. I also like going to the library for network meetings.

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Thank 312embee
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandchildren and I went to a superhero party at the library.....crafts, giveaways, and happy, helpful people! I checked the website and there are so many activities and special book friendly times for all ages. We will be back often.

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Thank Gma24
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In downtown Phoenix is a real treasure. From the moment you enter this library,located in central Phoenix has a wealth of information. It is housed in a lovely building, with staff that are friendly and helpful. You will need a CURRENT LIBRARY CARD to loan any books out. If you do not have one, the staff will help you get... More 

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Thank Hannah G
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

excellent library with multitude or variety of any book you need to see but the architecture is also worth taking the time to visit.

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Thank kathleensommer
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this library is located in downtown Phoenix, and it is huge with a lot of parking space. It opens 7 days a week. It has everything you need, including conference room, classes, lots of information.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The library is a marvel of clean, modern architecture with a truly practical side. The building is open and inviting. As you enter, there is artwork and a passage that leads to an open atrium where they feature new books, DVD's and so forth. The whole place is logical and easy to navigate.

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Thank billhpc
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What to do with a day in downtown Phoenix when the wife has jury duty???? After boarding the light rail for a short ride down central ave you can hop off at the Burton Bass Library for a light day of literary adventure and world news reading. the staff is very helpful and the reading areas are comfortable for reading... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Although most of the library's materials are old, you can always fill out a request for an item from a different library within the Valley. I've utilized that option numerous times. I also like that if my children miss a checked out item's due date, the library will periodically offer them opportunities to earn past due fees or waive them.... More 

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Thank Strchld388
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Fantastic place! I have never been in a library this big before.i think it will take me at least 50 years to go thru the mystery book section and I am 67-I better read fast!

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