Arts, culture, and lots of books: The Burton Barr Central Library | Valley Metro
Train rides by Burton Barr Library

Phoenix is home to vibrant cultures, inspiring works of art, and a diverse community. One thing that highlights these qualities is its library system. Libraries, at their core, are organizations built to help support local communities, whether through free knowledge or personal assistance. One of the most impressive libraries in the city is the Burton Barr Central Library. 

This massive library is located across the street from the McDowell/Central Ave light rail station. The station is adorned with book related sculptures that you can take in while you walk down the ramp to the crosswalk. You can also travel to the library by bus using Route 0.  

The library’s five floors are connected by elevators and stairs with a relaxing fountain on the ground floor. Whether you are speeding up the elevator or getting some exercise on the stairs, it’s an experience you won’t get at any other library. 

Burton Barr Library elevator

At the top of the elevator is the Great Reading Room, a one-acre floor filled with books and towering windows that reveal the city’s skyline. It provides amazing views and plenty of seating to find the best place to relax and read your next favorite novel.

The library is more than just a place with lots of books. The Burton Barr Central Library provides free services for people of all ages. Teen Central is a safe place for youth looking to connect with their peers. For parents in need, the Kids Café at the library provides meals after school Monday through Saturday.

The College Depot at the library can help you get a jump start on higher education and your future career. It has resources and staff available to help you find the right college and learn how to apply for financial aid. The department offers both virtual or phone appointments six days a week and in-person appointments Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can learn more about the College Depot here.

You can also take advantage of the library’s mobile printing service by sending a print job to the library for free using any internet connected device. This is great for riders who want to print out pages of Valley Metro’s Transit Book, which is going all digital beginning with the April 2022 edition. More information about the service can be found here

The Burton Barr Central Library is a destination that can lead you to your next cultural adventure. With the Culture Pass, you can check out tickets to select museums and the Desert Botanical Garden.

If you want to know the easiest way to get to the Burton Barr Library or any of your favorite destinations, try out the new Valley Metro app. It’s now available for iOS and Google Play.

Peter Corkery
Peter Corkery
Interim Lead for the Operations Communications Specialist
When not helping customers at Valley Metro, Peter enjoys reading, running and hiking around the valley.