Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-262-4636
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  • Sun 12pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6pm
Will Bruder designed this copper-toned building, which looks, from the west, like something from the first Alien flick and, from the north, like a cross between a blimp hangar and a Land of the Giants-scale hothouse. It is a torrid spot for local lovers of the word -- one of the few Valley cultural institutions that seems perpetually packed.

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