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​Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave., 85004


 Due to storm damage, Burton Barr Central Library will be closed until further notice. 
Check here for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 


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

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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.

​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:

Beneficial Beans Café

hive @ central

College Depot


Rare Book Room

@Central Gallery

Arizona Room

Foundation and Grants Collection

Government Resources

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.

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