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This blog will publish progress updates and news about the library's restoration.  

​Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

Phoenix Public Library announces Burton Barr Central Library will reopen to the public Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m.

The day will focus on services, programs and resources offered to the community with free, family-friendly programs such as:

9 a.m. - noon

Children's Programming

Children's Place, First Floor

Storytimes, a Fairytale Princess visit, activity stations and Magician Eric Giliam performs at 11 a.m.

Noon - 3 p.m.


Fourth Floor

Drop by the Rare Book Room and print a keepsake on our century-old Washington Handpress.

2 - 4:30 p.m.


Fourth Floor

Join us in MACH1 for signature STE/AM programs such as Coding Cantina, Build a Droid, 3D modeling and more.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

The Accidental Crafter

Fourth Floor
Join us in MACH1 and make fun crafts specifically for the "reluctant crafter." Adults only please.

All day

@Central Gallery

First Floor

Visit the newly restored @Central Gallery 

The reopening of Burton Barr Central Library will mark the closure of Phoenix Public Library @ Park Central's temporary location, effective 5 p.m. Friday, June 8.

A book drop will be available at the Park Central location through Sunday, June 17.

College Depot will continue to provide services at the Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center through June 15 and will reopen at Burton Barr Central Library on Saturday, June 16.

Restoration work at Burton Barr Central Library continues to make great progress.  Carpet, ceiling tile and fixture replacement plus drywall installation and painting on floors 1 through 4 is on schedule to be completed mid-March.  Work on the 5th floor, which includes the removal of the original fire suppression system and roof, and installation of the replacement suppression system and roof began in mid-January.  The scaffolding system being used to support workers and materials is a suspended-from-the-ceiling system (rather than building scaffolding from the floor up) which allows for work to be completed without our having to move everything housed on the 5th floor.

We are also using this opportunity to expand the Children's area and College Depot. College Depot is adding a computer lab that will accommodate 66 people and a large meeting/training room.  In the Children’s area, the First Five Years area will be expanded and upgraded, the storytime space will become a flexible area that will accommodate both small and large groups, and the collection will be expanded and will feature a display with multiple copies of the best 100 children’s titles.

In the meantime, Phoenix Public Library customers in central Phoenix may access a full host of library services at Phoenix Public Library @ Park Central. This temporary location is a 30,000 square foot space which offers approximately 50,000 items for checkout, almost 40 computers with free internet access, and a wide range of programming for all ages. We plan to close our operation at Park Central when Burton Barr is ready to reopen. As we get closer to early summer, more specific details and schedules regarding library openings and closings at these two locations will be confirmed and released.

 Photo of work being done on the 5th floor of Burton Barr Central LibraryPhoto of College Depot expansion progress on the 2nd floor of Burton Barr Central Library

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