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Burton Barr Central LibraryBurton Barr Central Library9 a.m. to 5 p.m.9 a.m. to 7 p.m.9 a.m. to 7 p.m.9 a.m. to 7 p.m.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.9 a.m. to 5 p.m.1 p.m. to 5 p.m.<div class="ExternalClass433CE1E97A3041ED98E74205B4B83518"><p>​1221 N. Central Ave., 85004<br></p></div>burton-barr<div class="ExternalClass3A8F1F05C8B748DCB7014581FEC96128"><p>Burton Barr Central Library houses a collection of 1 million volumes and the facility includes:<br></p><ul><li>​Great Reading Room is on the fifth floor and one acre in area.<br></li><li>StartUpPHX is a discovery space for business entrepreneurs.​<br></li><li>Arizona Room houses a research collection focused on the Southwest.<br></li><li>College Depot is a free, full-service college planning center.<br></li><li>Central Gallery is a fine art exhibition gallery featuring work by Arizona artists.<br></li><li>Rare Book Room<br></li><li>Teen Central</li><li>Children's Place<br></li></ul><p><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass658B80FD6C04473BBD148FF2E108D9A9"><p>​​Burton Barr Central Library is located on Central Avenue just south of McDowell Road. Visit <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">Valley Metro</a> for public transportation routes serving the library.<br></p></div><iframe title="Burton Barr Central Library" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3328.4978895605345!2d-112.07536488440913!3d33.46238585602924!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x872b123fae21ce6b%3A0x91c09c861ba4ed55!2sBurton%20Barr%20Central%20Library!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1600382094556!5m2!1sen!2sus" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0;" allowfullscreen="" aria-hidden="false" tabindex="0"></iframe><div class="ExternalClass8EDA1E5A7A424A5598F4DEB7EBC9DF50"><p>​<strong>Size</strong>: 280,000 square feet on five levels<br><strong>Opened</strong>: May 1995<br><strong>Architect</strong>: bruderDWL architects<br><strong>Design Leads</strong>: Will Bruder with Wendell Burnette</p><p><strong>City of Phoenix Council District</strong>: 7<br></p></div>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr

 

 

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Programs at Burton Barr Central LibraryPrograms at Burton Barr Central Library<i class="fas fa-calendar-alt"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Lists/Links/DispForm.aspx?ID=799<div class="ExternalClass18823B7D723C41E9AA6701099B847A89"><p>​Browse all programs at Burton Barr Central Library.<br></p></div>https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/calendar/burtonbarrNew Window
@Central Gallery@Central Gallery<i class="fa-solid fa-palette"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr/central-gallery​The @Central Gallery, located on the first floor of Burton Barr Central Library, is dedicated to supporting, sustaining, and strengthening the community by promoting local artists.<div class="ExternalClass84935382B7E24B75AC50EB7934310628"><p>The @Central Gallery, located on the first floor of <a href="/locations/burton-barr" target="_blank">Burton Barr Central Library</a>, is dedicated to supporting, sustaining, and strengthening the community by promoting local artists. The gallery's mission is to showcase a wide diversity of creative expression and create an opportunity for artists to exhibit and gain recognition in the community.</p><p> The @Central Gallery features the works of approximately a half dozen Arizona artists selected through the annual juried process. A Call for Artists will be posted on the library website in September.</p><h2> Current Exhibit<br></h2><p class="h3"><strong></strong></p><h3>The Flaming Twilight Hour by Armida Kielty</h3><h4>July 25 to September 30, 2022<br></h4><p>The Flaming Twilight Hour is a collection of colorful oil paintings depicting Arizona's infamous glowing sunsets and sunrises from local Phoenix street views.  By personally searching for and painting these views, Armida Kielty finds the beauty of urban desert living.​<br><br></p><strong> <h2>Upcoming Exhibit<br></h2><h3>El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Altars​</h3><h4>October 10 to November 4, 2022​<br></h4><p><br></p>​</strong></div>
Arizona RoomArizona Room<i class="fa-solid fa-cactus"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr/arizona-roomLocated on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library, the Arizona Room offers a special collection focused on the history and culture of Phoenix, Arizona, and its peoples. <div class="ExternalClassFD5E6F5946274BB8B8B85962D4CC3BA9"><h4>​Located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library, the Arizona Room offers a special collection focused on the history and culture of Phoenix, Arizona, and its peoples.<br><br></h4><p> <strong>Arizona Room material is reference only and cannot be checked out or leave the room.<br><br></strong></p><h3>Arizona Room Hours through October 16<br></h3><p>Monday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br>Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br>Friday, Sunday: Closed​<br></p><p></p><h3>Arizona Room Hours after October 17​<br></h3><p>Monday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br>Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br>Sunday: Closed​​<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong></strong>​<br></p></div>
Ask UsAsk Us<i class="fad fa-question"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/ask-us<div class="ExternalClass05FA82D84C824C82A82CFB36E8DA67EC"><p>​We are unable to answer legal or medical questions, search microforms or research obituaries. If your question is beyond the scope of our resources, we will let you know.<br></p><div><h2><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Call Us</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h2></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">For immediate assistance please telephone the Call Center at (602) 262-4636.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br><br></span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Call Center hours:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br><br></span></h3></div><div><p><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br>Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br>Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br>Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br>Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br>Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.<br><br></span></p></div><p>Due to a high volume of calls and inquiries you may experience a temporary delay in our reply to your email. Thank you for your patience. One of our library staff will respond to you as soon as possible.</p><p>Check out our <a href="/services/faq" target="_blank">FAQs​</a> for currently-offered services and programs during Phoenix Public Library's closure.<br></p><p>All Phoenix Public Library locations are open. Book drops at all locations are available 24/7. <br></p><h2>Email Us<br></h2></div>
College DepotCollege Depothttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/collegedepotOur team of college planning advisors and assistants offer free one-on-one appointments and workshops regarding admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.<div class="ExternalClassFE80071C88474EA6905587927C8B405E"><h4>College Depot is currently offering virtual and phone appointments 6 days a week and in-person appointments Wednesdays and Saturdays.​ Call us at 602.261.8847, email <a href="mailto:college.depot@phoenix.gov" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><strong>college.depot@phoenix.gov​</strong></span></a>, or click <a href="https://tiny.cc/CDrequest" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:#0000ff;"><strong>here​</strong></span></a> to schedule an appointment.​​<br><br></h4><p>College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is a free, full-service college access center located at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona. Our team of college planning and re-engagement advisors offer one-on-one appointments to assist with all action steps necessary to earn a GED, diploma, college degree or apprenticeship, and host workshops including admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and more.<br><br></p></div>
Hotspot Lending ProgramHotspot Lending Program<i class="fas fa-wifi"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/computers-internet/hotspot-lending-program​​WiFi Hotspots are now available for check out at Phoenix Public Library.<div class="ExternalClassEC79FDF6472D4557BC89231971126052"><p>​​WiFi Hotspots are now available for check out.</p><p>Learn more about checking out a hotspot:​</p><h3>Req​uirements</h3><ul><li>Borrowers must have a valid Phoenix Public Library account, and either a current government issued photo identification or proof of their current address must be presented at time of checkout.</li><li>The Phoenix Public Library account holder must be in good standing, including current address and contact information, fees not exceeding $25, and not in collections.</li><li>The Library account holder must be 18 years of age or older to checkout a hotspot on their card.</li><li>The Phoenix Public Library account holder must read, understand, and sign this agreement (with link to the waiver) at the time of each hotspot check out.</li><li>Hotspots cannot be reserved/held or renewed.</li><li>Hotspots are available for checkout only at the walk-up service desk.</li><li>Hotspots may only be checked out for three weeks at a time.</li><li>Maximum of 5 devices can connect to the hotspot at one time.</li><li>Hotspot and charging cord must be returned to the same location from where it was checked out.</li><li>Hotspots should not be returned in the book drop for any reason. Borrowers will be billed for resulting damage to the hotspot and charging cord and may be denied future hotspot checkout.</li><li>Customers will continue to receive overdue notices, if applicable. If the hotspot is not returned on the 36th day of being overdue. The customer will be charged for the device and any peripherals.</li><li>Hotspots will be disabled after the due date.</li></ul><h3>Replaceme​​​​nt Fees</h3><p>The borrower is responsible for costs associated with damage, loss, or non-return of the hotspot and charging cord. The borrower will be billed for the replacement fee of the hotspot or charging cord. Accounts billed for a hotspot that have not been returned may be submitted for collections and the account charged an additional $15.00 non-negotiable collection fee.</p><p>Hotspot : $90<br>Hotspot Charger: $20 </p></div>
Kids CafeKids Cafe<i class="fas fa-apple-alt"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/kids/programs/kids-cafe​Kids and teens (ages 0-18) can enjoy a free, healthy meal.​<div class="ExternalClass1683A429A876481FAF57FFC4D8EB2E80"><div class="ExternalClassDF8570B00268476FA128E9061E85C879" style="text-align:left;"><h3 style="text-align:left;"><font></font></h3><div><h3>Kids and teens (ages 0-18) can enjoy a free, healthy meal.​<br><br></h3>​Kids Café provides free meals for youth under age 18. Meals are required to be consumed in the designated library space during scheduled meal times unless they are designated as Grab and Go meals or food backpacks. Each qualifying child will receive meals while daily supplies last. Meals are provided by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.<p>​<br></p><div><div><hr />​</div><h3>Hours of Service <br><br></h3><p><strong><a href="/locations/burton-barr">Burton Barr Central Library<br></a></strong>​Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.<br>Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. with Grab and Go meals available beginning at 1:30 p.m.</p><p><strong><a href="/locations/desert-sage">Desert Sage Library</a><br></strong>Monday through Friday from 3 to 4 p.m.<br>Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.</p><p><strong><a href="/locations/harmon">Harmon Library</a></strong><br>Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.<br>Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m.<br>Saturday from 11 to 11:30 a.m.<br></p><p><em><br></em></p><h3>Food Backpacks<br><br></h3><p><a href="/locations/cesar-chavez"><strong>Cesar Chavez Library</strong></a>​<br>Cesar Chavez Library has partnered with St. Mary's Food Bank to distribute food backpacks to families in need. Each backpacck is filled with non-perishable ingredients that provide at least 3 nutritious meals to a family of 4. </p><p>Backpacks will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">every Friday</span> at the Circulation Desk and may available throughout the week depending on supply. <br></p></div><p><em><br></em></p></div></div></div>
Laptop Lending ProgramLaptop Lending Program<i class="fas fa-laptop"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/computers-internet/laptop-lending-programLaptops are now available for check out at Phoenix Public Library.<div class="ExternalClass5F1846CB195F4CB8BC5C8A2608BA0139"><div><table class="ms-formtable" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="margin-top:8px;"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" class="ms-formbody" width="350px"><div><div><div class="ExternalClass4C80E015F40C4BA8A8E37860E10DD694"><h3><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">​​Laptops are now available for check out.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> Learn more about checking out a laptop​​:<span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="font-size:1.15em;background-color:transparent;"> ​</span><br></span></h3><h3><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">​<br></span></h3></div></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><h2>​Requirements<br></h2><ul><li><p>​​Borrowers must have a valid Phoenix Public Library account, and either a current government issued photo identification or proof of their current address must be presented at time of checkout. </p></li><li><p>The Phoenix Public Library account holder must be in good standing, including current address and contact information, fees not exceeding $25, and not in collections. </p></li><li><p>The Library account holder must be 18 years of age or older to checkout a laptop on their card. </p></li><li><p>The Phoenix Public Library account holder must read, understand, and sign this agreement at the time of each laptop check out. </p></li><li><p>Laptops cannot be reserved/held or renewed. <br></p></li><li><p>Laptops may only be checked out for 3 weeks at a time. </p></li><li><p>Laptop and charging cord must be returned to the same location from where it was checked out. </p></li><li><p>Laptops should not be returned in the book drop for any reason. Borrowers will be billed for resulting damage to the laptop and charging cord and may be denied future laptop checkout. </p></li><li><p>Laptops will be restored to their original condition after every reboot; it is the responsibility of the user to save their files and information. </p></li><li><p>Laptops will be disabled and wiped after the due date.<br></p></li><li><p>​Customers will continue to receive overdue notices, if applicable. If the laptop is not returned on the 36th day of being overdue, a police report will be filed to initiate laptop recovery.​​<br></p></li></ul><h2>Replacement Fees<br>​<br></h2><p>​​The borrower is responsible for costs associated with damage, loss, or non-return of the laptop and charging cord. The borrower will be billed for the replacement fee of the laptop or charging cord. Accounts billed for a laptop that have not been returned may be submitted for collections and the account charged an additional $15.00 non-negotiable collection fee. </p><p>Laptop: $550 </p><p>Laptop Cord: $40​<br></p><br></div>
Mobile PrintingMobile Printing<i class="fad fa-print"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/services/computers-internet/mobile-printingPrint any document or web page virtually from your Internet-connected device to a printer at a participating library location. <div class="ExternalClassDDEEA6AE220F44028CCEF2BFC4D56E9A"><p>Print any document or web page virtually from your Internet-connected device to a printer at one of the library locations below.</p><p>The Library offers both black-and-white or color printing and photocopying. Effective April 4, 2022, c​harges are as follows:</p><ul><li>Black-and-white - 20 cents per page (10 cents per page at South Mountain Community Library)</li><li>Color - 40 cents per page (50 cents per page at South Mountain Community Library)</li></ul><p>Print or copy jobs may be paid for with cash only and may be paid with one-dollar and five-dollar bills as well as coins. Prices vary due to contractual agreements with the leasing agencies involved.</p><p>Before visiting the library, access the link below, and follow the instructions provided. Allow for at least a 30 minute window before your print job will be available for pick-up.</p><p>​​Mobile Printing is currently available at the following library locations.​</p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/burtonbarr" target="_blank"><strong>Burton Barr Central Library</strong></a> <br>1221 N. Central Ave., 85008 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/acacia" target="_blank"><strong>Acacia Li​brary</strong> </a> <br> 750 E. Townley Ave., 85020 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/agave" target="_blank"><strong>Agave Library</strong></a> <br>23550 N. 36th Ave, 85310 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/century" target="_blank"><strong>Century Library</strong></a> <br>1750 E. Highland Ave., 85016 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/cesarchavez" target="_blank"><strong>Cesar Chavez Library</strong></a> <br>3635 W. Baseline, Rd. 85339 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/cholla" target="_blank"><strong>Cholla Library</strong></a> <br> 10050 Metro Parkway E., 85051 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/desertbroom" target="_blank"><strong>Desert Broom Library</strong></a> <br>29710 N. Cave Creek Rd, 85331 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/desertsage" target="_blank"><strong>Desert Sage Library</strong></a> <br>7602 W. Encanto Blvd., 85035 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/harmon" target="_blank"><strong>Harmon Library</strong> </a> <br> 1325 S. 5th Ave., 85003 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/ironwood" target="_blank"><strong>Ironwood Library</strong></a> <br>4333 E. Chandler Blvd, 85048 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/juniper" target="_blank"><strong>Juniper Library</strong></a> <br> 1825 W. Union Hills Dr., 85027 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/mesquite" target="_blank"><strong>Mesquite Library</strong></a> <br>4525 E. Paradise Village Parkway N., 85032 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/ocotillo" target="_blank"><strong>Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center</strong></a> <br>102 W. Southern Ave., 85041 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.com/ppl/paloverde" target="_blank"><strong>Palo Verde Library</strong></a> <br>4402 N. 51st Ave. </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/saguaro" target="_blank"><strong>Saguaro Library</strong></a> <br>2808 N. 46th St., 85008 </p><p> <strong>​</strong><a href="https://www.printeron.com/ppl/southmountain" target="_blank"><strong>South Mountain Community Library</strong></a> <br>7050 S. 24th St,85042 </p><p> <a href="https://www.printeron.net/ppl/yucca" target="_blank"><strong>Yucca Library</strong></a> <br>5648 N. 15th Ave., 85015​​</p></div>
Presidential Papers Collection Presidential Papers Collection <i class="fa-solid fa-flag-usa"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/browse/learning-research/federal-government-resources/displays/presidential-papers-collection​​Learn about the Presidential Papers Collection at Phoenix Public Library. <div class="ExternalClassE6E79628AB0B4C28A2A3FE43C163A2C2"><p>​​Learn about the Presidential Papers Collection at Phoenix Public Library. The documents include the writings, addresses and remarks of the Presidents of the United States. The Presidential Papers are part of the Government Documents Collection located on the 5th floor of <a href="/locations/burton-barr">Burton Barr Central Library​</a>, a Federal Depository Library Program member.​<br></p></div>
Rare Book RoomRare Book Room<i class="fa-solid fa-scroll-old"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr/rare-book-roomThe rare book room houses three special collections<div class="ExternalClassDBD7097B6FDA4385BA7884924E5C7349"><p><span style="color:#0072c6;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:1.46em;">T</span><span style="color:#0072c6;font-family:"segoe ui semilight", "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:1.46em;">he Space</span></p><p>Designed by renowned architect Will Bruder, the rare book room houses three special collections. The furnishings and artwork are an expert blend of old with new which create an elegant, yet inviting space. Where else can you find lithographs by Joan Miró and Marc Chagall together with an 1895 Washington Printing Press and a Noguchi coffee table? ​<br></p></div>
StartUpPHXStartUpPHXhttps://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/startupphx​The mission of StartUpPHX is to provide services and support for entrepreneurs.<div class="ExternalClass0EB5CAB2A9D34E049303A771031FDB7C"><p>​<span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The mission of StartUpPHX is to provide services and support for entrepreneurs.  Located on the second floor of <a href="/locations/burton-barr">Burton Barr Central Library</a></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. </span>​<br></p></div>
Who is Burton Barr?Who is Burton Barr?<i class="fad fa-user-tie"></i>https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr/who-is-burton-barr<div class="ExternalClassE1919EE722E342CCAB142050528ADC28"><p>Burton S. Barr (1917 - 1997) ​was a successful businessman, a decorated World War II hero and Arizona’s most powerful politician for two decades as Speaker of the House.</p><p>Through the halls of state government and in the midst of the marching three-piece-suits, Barr often dressed in a yellow pullover sweater, casual slacks and one of his favorite hats made of wool patchwork with a roller-coaster brim.  Talking, waving, smiling and always making deals for the good of the people who elected him, Barr moved graciously in any setting.</p><p>A selfless fundraiser and tireless worker for dozens of charities, a longtime colleague recalled that when Barr was asked to help out, “He just couldn’t say no!”</p><p>But Burton Barr was first and foremost a family man.  “My family comes first.  I’ve been successful…in not letting my political career…interfere with all the chores and pleasures every family goes through.”</p><p>In recognition for his support of making information services available to all, ​Burton Barr Central Library was named in his honor in 1997.​</p><h3>Learn More</h3><p>"A study of the right man in the right place at the right time." ~author, Phillip VanderMeer​</p><p>Forthcoming from <a href="http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/" target="_blank" title="Go to the Press website.">University of Arizona Press​</a>, Burton Barr: Mr. Magic, Political Leadership, and Transforming Arizona is a study of Barr’s life and career.  It examines a fascinating character whose strategies, behavior and personality demonstrate effective legislative leadership. It also describes a period in which Arizona politics and policy making were pragmatic and centrist, rather than following a strictly ideological approach. Working at a time and in a place ready for change, Barr was key as a man with impressive leadership skills and a focus on effectiveness and outcomes.</p><p>The book is based on a series of interviews conducted by Jack Pfister with local leaders including Alfredo Gutierrez, Terry Goddard, Governor Jane Dee Hull, Eddie Basha and Burton Barr himself.  <a href="http://burtonbarr.com/oral-histories" target="_blank" title="Visit the Burton Barr book website to explore the oral histories.">Listen and learn more</a>.<br></p></div>