Burton Barr Central Library is located on Central Avenue just south of McDowell Road. Visit Valley Metro for public transportation routes serving the library.
Size: 280,000 square feet on five levelsOpened: May 1995Architect: bruderDWL architectsDesign Leads: Will Bruder with Wendell Burnette
City of Phoenix Council District: 7
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Monday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Wednesday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Thursday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Friday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library has four meeting rooms, which may be rented during normal library hours. Varying in capacity from 26 to 250 people, each room has multiple seating configurations. After-hours rentals are also available. Learn more about the spaces and amenities.
In addition to the largest collection of books, DVDs, CDs and other materials in the Phoenix Public Library system, Central Library has many unique resources, including:
Bridges to America
Center for Children’s Literature
Foundation and Grants Collection
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Rare Book Room
A free, one-hour walking Art & Architecture Tour is offered the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. Meet at the Welcome Desk near the entrance. Get a preview with this virtual tour of the library’s art collection.