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​Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave., 85004 

Effective Monday, March 16, all Phoenix Public Library locations and book drops will be temporarily closed. We are extending our borrowing period and waiving all due dates until further notice. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time and check back frequently for more details.


​Burton Barr Central Library is located on Central Avenue just south of McDowell Road. Visit Valley Metro for public transportation routes serving the library.

Building Facts

Size: 280,000 square feet on five levels
Opened: May 1995
Architect: bruderDWL architects
Design Leads: Will Bruder with Wendell Burnette

City of Phoenix Council District: 7


Who is Burton Barr?

Ever wonder about the person for whom the library is named? Learn about this Arizona leader.

Image of Great Reading Room - Fifth Floor of Central Library

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For immediate assistance please telephone the Call Center at (602) 262-4636 during our business hours.

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