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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><div>Electric vehicle (EV) charging is available.​<br></div><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="" target="_blank">Valley Metro</a> for public transportation routes serving the library.<br></p></div><iframe title="Burton Barr Central Library" src="!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>



Burton Barr Central Library, exterior view from the eastBurton Barr Central Library, exterior view from the east
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Programs at Burton Barr Central LibraryPrograms at Burton Barr Central Library<i class="fas fa-calendar-alt"></i><div class="ExternalClass18823B7D723C41E9AA6701099B847A89"><p>​Browse all programs at Burton Barr Central Library.<br></p></div> Window
@Central Gallery@Central Gallery<i class="fa-solid fa-palette"></i>​The @Central Gallery, located on the 1st floor of Burton Barr Central Library, is dedicated to supporting, sustaining, and strengthening the community by promoting local artists.<div class="ExternalClass1B06EDBAF411483DA42D772FBB979046"><p>The @Central Gallery, located on the 1st 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. It is open during <a href="/locations/burton-barr">regular library hours</a>.<br></p><h2><strong>Current Exhibit<br></strong></h2><p></p><h2><em>Circular Migrations: Homeward Bound</em><br></h2><h4>March 24 to April 20, 2024</h4><p style="box-sizing:border-box;color:#333333;font-family:arial, helvetica, verdana;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;"><em style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.85);color:#444444;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;"><br></em></p><strong>Circular Migrations: Homeward Bound</strong> includes the interactive sculpture installation, The Dance, by Patricia Sannit, and a dance performance, Eternal Home, by Nicole L Olson. Sannit also invited artists, Estephania Gonzales, Krista Leigh Davis, and Safwat Saleem to present work that explores the meaning of home and im/migration from different perspectives.<br><br>Adaptation is key to a species’ survival. Our species has demonstrated repeatedly our exceptional ability to adapt to new environments and thrive. In the face of economic uncertainty and environmental instability, we continually need to adapt, and our actions are demanding rapid adaptation from our co-inhabitants on this planet. We are all looking for home.<br><br>And there is hope. The cycle of migration and immigration, and change, is perpetual. When it feels extremely dark as we face the challenges related to adapting to change, it can be helpful to look at history and recognize that it's possible to thrive even after a significant upheaval.​<br><br><h4>About the Artists: </h4>Award-winning dancer and choreographer <strong>Nicole L. Olson</strong> explores the human condition through movement. The artistic director of the dance company NicoleOlson|MovementChaos, she’s presented work at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Heard Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, and other locales. She has also shown work nationally at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and additional venues in Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, Austin, Las Vegas, and more. Along with choreographing for numerous Arizona theater productions, she is the director of dance at the Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix.<br><br><strong>Patricia Sannit</strong> is an Arizona artist, widely recognized for her work in sculpture, interdisciplinary mixed media, and community organizing. Her work explores human interactions, and her interactions, with the natural world. A significant area of study has been human evolution and resilience through time, and the power and persistence of migration as an adaptive strategy. She received her MFA from the California College of Arts. Awards include the Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award and the Arizona Art Commission Artist Award. Residencies include the Archie Bray, Red Lodge Art Center, Belger Crane Yard, Tempe Center for the Arts, Baer Art Center, Jentel Foundation, the Woodman Foundation, and MacDowell Foundation. Solo shows include the ASU Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Mulvane Museum. <br><br><strong>Krista Davis</strong> is a visual artist living between Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in territory (Dawson City, Yukon) and Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Her art practice is a space where dirt, bones, and jars of microscopic algal communities meet costumes, wigs, and jars of glass glitter. Where queerness, the Wild, and relationships in the natural world guide artistic explorations. In this space, Davis hopes to uncover strategies that can shift human and non-human relationships toward a more ecologically just world.<br><br><strong>Estephania González</strong> is an Arizona-based multimedia artist specializing in video, installation, and performance art. Her work probes the intricate intersections of spacetime, cosmology, and Latinx identity. Anchored in the exploration of identity politics and their relation to physical and psychological borderlands, González crafts compelling narratives that reflect contemporary understandings of the human condition. González has been featured in Hyperallergic, and published in "EMERGENCY INDEX" Volumes 9 and 10. She has been the recipient of several artist residencies, including Guapamacátaro in Michoacán, Mexico (2016), La Wayaka Current in the Atacama Desert, Chile (2019), and the upcoming 2024 CALA Regional Art Resident in Arizona. Her exhibitions and performances span the U.S., Mexico, and Chile. González holds an MFA in Intermedia Art from Arizona State University, along with a BFA in Performance Art and a BA in Art History from the University of Northern Iowa.<br><br><p><strong>Safwat Saleem </strong>is a multidisciplinary artist who gives visibility to immigrant narratives, with a focus on cultural loss resulting from assimilation. Safwat’s body of work weaves together themes of preservation, desire to belong, resistance, and joy as an immigrant father raising a multiracial child in the American Southwest. His artwork has been shown at the Open Data Institute at Cartagena Data Festival (Columbia); Puffin Cultural Forum (Teaneck, New Jersey); TED Talks (Vancouver, Canada); and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, Arizona), among other venues. Safwat was named a TED Fellow (2015, 2013), and is a three-time recipient of the Rocky Mountain Emmy (2022, 2021). Safwat believes in using his art for social impact and has collaborated with non-profit and change-making organizations like Fine Acts, 18 Million Rising, RUN AAPI, SAADA, and TED. He is the founder of the former online Pakistani music magazine Bandbaja, which advocated for using music as a socio-political tool for activism and change. Safwat lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.<br></p><br></div>
Arizona RoomArizona Room<i class="fa-solid fa-cactus"></i> 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="ExternalClass84DABB84844F4C0DA90C3EE9BBD72D5A"><p class="h4"></p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Arizona Room material is reference only and cannot be checked out or leave the room.</strong></p><p class="h3">Arizona Room Hours</p><p>Monday and Friday: By appointment only<br>​​Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.<br>Sunday: Closed​​​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Ask UsAsk Us<i class="fad fa-question"></i><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 through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br>Sunday: Closed<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>​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 Depot 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><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​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. </span><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​College Depot offers virtual and in-person appointments 6 days a week.​ Call us at 602.261.8847, email </span><a href="" target="_blank" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><span style="color:#0000ff;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>​</strong></span></a><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">, or click </span><a href="" target="_blank" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><span style="color:#0000ff;font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>here​</strong></span></a><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> to schedule an appointment.​</span></h4></div>
Hotspot Lending ProgramHotspot Lending Program<i class="fas fa-wifi"></i>​​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 renewed.<br></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>​Kids and teens (ages 0-18) can enjoy a free, healthy meal.​<div class="ExternalClassC1D74B29B47A499E8A9ACB30A5EACDC3"><p class="h3">​​Kids and teens (ages 0-18) can enjoy a free, healthy meal.</p><p>​Kids Café provides free meals for youth ages 18 and under. Meals are required to be consumed in the designated library space during scheduled meal times unless they are food backpacks (available only at <a href="/locations/cesar-chavez">Cesar Chavez Library​</a> at this time)​, which are meant to be picked up. Each qualifying child will receive meals while daily supplies last. Meals are provided by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.</p><h3>Hours of Service​​<br></h3><p> <strong> <a href="/locations/burton-barr">Burton Barr Central Library</a><br></strong>​Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:30 to 4:30​​ p.m.<br>Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.</p><p><strong><a href="/locations/desert-sage">Desert Sage Library</a><br></strong>Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.<br></p><p><strong><a href="/locations/harmon">Harmon Library</a><br></strong>Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.​ ​<br>Wednesday and Saturday from 2 to 2:30 p.m.<br><br></p><h3>Food Backpacks<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 backpack 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 at the Circulation Desk as available, depending on supply.​<br></p></div>
MACH1MACH1<i class="fa-light fa-atom"></i>​Welcome to MACH1!<div class="ExternalClass5D1EFB3FAD00459DAC40BFAB148BBA50"><h3>​Welcome to MACH1!</h3><p><strong>MACH1 is Phoenix Public Library's space for Makers, Artists, Crafters and Hackers. MACH1’s mission is to inspire through hands-on/interactive STEAM education. </strong><br></p></div><p>Located at<a href="/locations/burton-barr" target="_blank"> Burton Barr Central Library </a>on the 4th floor, <br>MACH1's open hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Browse programs below.<br></p><div class="ExternalClass5D1EFB3FAD00459DAC40BFAB148BBA50">​<br></div><div class="ExternalClass5D1EFB3FAD00459DAC40BFAB148BBA50"><p>​​<br></p><br></div>
Mobile PrintingMobile Printing<i class="fad fa-print"></i> 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="" target="_blank"><strong>Burton Barr Central Library</strong></a> <br>1221 N. Central Ave., 85008 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Acacia Li​brary</strong> </a> <br> 750 E. Townley Ave., 85020 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Agave Library</strong></a> <br>23550 N. 36th Ave, 85310 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Century Library</strong></a> <br>1750 E. Highland Ave., 85016 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Cesar Chavez Library</strong></a> <br>3635 W. Baseline, Rd. 85339 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Cholla Library</strong></a> <br> 10050 Metro Parkway E., 85051 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Desert Broom Library</strong></a> <br>29710 N. Cave Creek Rd, 85331 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Desert Sage Library</strong></a> <br>7602 W. Encanto Blvd., 85035 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Harmon Library</strong> </a> <br> 1325 S. 5th Ave., 85003 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Ironwood Library</strong></a> <br>4333 E. Chandler Blvd, 85048 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Juniper Library</strong></a> <br> 1825 W. Union Hills Dr., 85027 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Mesquite Library</strong></a> <br>4525 E. Paradise Village Parkway N., 85032 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center</strong></a> <br>102 W. Southern Ave., 85041 </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Palo Verde Library</strong></a> <br>4402 N. 51st Ave. </p><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Saguaro Library</strong></a> <br>2808 N. 46th St., 85008 </p><p> <strong>​</strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>South Mountain Community Library</strong></a> <br>7050 S. 24th St,85042 </p><p> <a href="" 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>​​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> rare book room houses three special collections<div class="ExternalClassDBD7097B6FDA4385BA7884924E5C7349"><h4>The Rare Book Room is located on the 4th Floor of <a href="/locations/burton-barr" target="_blank">Burton Barr Central Library​</a>.<br><br></h4><h4>The Space</h4><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><h4>Appointments for the Rare Book Room will resume during Spring​ 2024. ​<br></h4></div>
Reserve a Room at Burton Barr Central LibraryReserve a Room at Burton Barr Central Library<i class="fa-solid fa-calendar-check"></i><div class="ExternalClassB153D83B85394310BAE28AE70AB7787E"><p><br><br></p></div> Window
Sit, Stay, ReadSit, Stay, Read<i class="fa-solid fa-paw"></i> readers can practice reading by reading to a dog or mini horse!<div class="ExternalClassB97FF74FF1834F91A4CFFB67891B8C73"><h2>Emerging readers can practice reading by reading to a book-loving dog!<br></h2><p><br></p><h3>Read to a dog! </h3><h4>Therapy dogs love to listen to stories. Our canine friends​​​ will be waiting for you at the library. It will make them so happy to hear you read books! </h4><h4>Bring your own book or take one from our shelves and spend some time with our furry friends. </h4><h4>Reading aloud to certified therapy dogs is an excellent way for emerging readers to practice their skills (and it's lots of fun, too!). ​<br></h4><br></div>
StartUpPHXStartUpPHX​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><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="" 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="" target="_blank" title="Visit the Burton Barr book website to explore the oral histories.">Listen and learn more</a>.<br></p></div>