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​About hive

Effective Monday, March 16th, all Phoenix Public Library locations and book drops will be temporarily closed. The City of Phoenix is taking steps to protect its residents and communities to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time and check back frequently for more details.

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hive @ central is located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library and is open during normal library hours. The space is open to the public; services are free.

​How can I use it?

hive @ central is a discovery space for business entrepreneurs, combining elements of a co-working space with expert library fact-finding services and resources, and ASU startup expertise. 

At hive, you will be able to:

  • meet other innovators and entrepreneurs to share ideas and work together to develop a business concept. 
  • receive one-on-one mentoring.

At hive, you will also find:

  • experienced and knowledgeable library staff
  • business programs; workshops, webinars, streaming videos, etc.
  • two public PCs to access our library databases and other online resources
  • free WiFi
  • meeting rooms available for reservation
  • Popular business book titles
  • Business magazines and newspapers available on the 5th floor ​



​About the Space

hive @ central was developed in partnership with ASU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group, City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department and Phoenix Public Library.

Hive programming was initially supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


The space is part of the Entrepreneurship Outreach Network, bringing together inventors, problem-solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in collaboration spaces in community libraries across Arizona.



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