The Burton Barr Central Library is the central library in Phoenix, Arizona. A library is a collection of information sources resources and services and the structure in which it is housed it is organized for use and maintained by a public body an institution Phoenix (ˈfiːˌnɪks O'odham Skikik, Yavapai Wasinka, Western Apache Fiinigis, Navajo Hoozdo, It is the flagship location and administrative headquarters for the Phoenix Public Library. The Phoenix Public Library is a municipal library system serving Phoenix Arizona, and owned and operated by the City of Phoenix.
Will Bruder was the design architect in association with Wendell Burnette and the Phoenix firm of DWL Architects; the library is Bruder's largest structure to date. Will Bruder (born in 1946 in Milwaukee Wisconsin) is an American architect most active in the American southwest The building incorporates a Buckminster Fuller tensegrity structure in its roof, and features motorized louvers on its south face for improved sun control (they never worked properly and were disconnected years ago). Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller ( July 12, 1895 &ndash July 1, 1983) was an American Architect, Author For the movement system created by Carlos Castaneda, see Tensegrity (Castaneda The only day they are functional is on the Summer Solstice, when they are manually closed for Bruder's annual presentation. The library is physically oriented for a display of sunlight alignment on equinox days.
The location opened in May 1995, and is 280,000 square feet (26,000 m²) on five stories. Most of the fifth floor is an open, one-acre (4,000 m²) reading room; the entire building is connected by a five-floor glass-and-steel elevator and stair well known as the "Crystal Canyon".
There are over 705,000 items in the collection. This building was funded by a 1988 bond issue, and replaced a nearby 1950's era facility on McDowell Road which is now part of the Phoenix Art Museum. Phoenix Art Museum is an art gallery located in Phoenix Arizona. The Central Library features 151 public computer terminals with Internet access, as well as WiFi capability. Wi-Fi (ˈwaɪfaɪ is the trade name for the popular wireless technology used
In 2008, the Burton Barr Central Library was chosen as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. The Phoenix Points of Pride are 33 landmarks and attractions within the Phoenix Arizona city limits that are claimed to represent the best features of the city for both residents