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​Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave., 85004 


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

​Upcoming Events

​Visit our Calendar of Events to see what's happening at Burton Barr Central Library.

@Central Gallery​

Located on the first floor of Burton Barr Central Library, @Central Gallery presents fine art exhibitions featuring the work of Arizona artists. It is open to the public during normal library hours and First Fridays.

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.


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.

​Study Rooms

Four study rooms are available on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library to accommodate groups of 4 or fewer people.  Rooms may be reserved up to 2 weeks in advance - online​, in person by visiting the second floor service desk or by calling 602-262-4636.

Individuals or groups may reserve a study room for a one- or two-hour period with a maximum of three reservations per day and no more than a total of six reservations in a 14-day period.  Customers sharing a study room are considered a group and these limits apply to the entire group.
  • Food is not permitted, but customers may have drinks with lids.  
  • No equipment is provided for use in the room.  
  • No adhesive or tape may be used on any surface.  
  • There are no white boards in the room.  Writing of any kind on any surface is not allowed.
If an individual or group has not claimed the study room within 15 minutes of their scheduled reservation, the room may be booked by another customer. Reservations begin and end on the half hour or hour.

​Meeting Room Rental

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.

You can also reserve and pay for the room through our online reservation system.

​Mobile Printing

Print any document or web page virtually from your Internet-connected device to a printer at Burton Barr Central Library. Learn more or print now.

Image of Great Reading Room - Fifth Floor of Central Library

Ask Us

Contact us with any questions you have about the Library, your account and more.

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

​About Burton Barr Central Library

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:

hive @ central

College Depot


Rare Book Room

@Central Gallery

Arizona Room

Foundation and Grants Collection

Government Resources

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