By Leah Gilchrist

The Burton Barr Central Library has been closed indefinitely after the monsoon on July 15. Water damage to the roof leaked into the library, drenching materials on multiple floors.

According to the Phoenix Public Library System, at the time of the damage, approximately 49,000 materials were checked out of the Burton Barr library, and will be returned to alternate locations to be put back into circulation. An additional 1,200 materials from the “New Books” and “Best Picks” section of the library have been moved to other branches, so they are still available for check out. It is estimated just over 7,000 books were damaged, a small fraction of the library’s approximate 500,000 materials.

Unaffected media has been moved to other libraries in the Phoenix Public Library System. Programs and services at the Burton Barr Library have also been relocated until further notice. Here’s where five popular programs are going.

College Depot

College Depot is a free resource center for students going through the college planning process. The center offers programs and resources for students including workshops on college timeline planning, scholarships, financial aid, college exploration, and preparing essays for scholarships. College Depot has temporarily relocated to The Emmett McLoughlin Community Training and Education Center (1150 S. 7th Avenue).

Due to the relocation, some services the resource center typically offers are unavailable. College Depot currently is not offering Drop-In Assistance, FAFSA Assistance, reEngage Phoenix Advising Services, or reserving rooms for workshops.

For more information on College Depot, call (602) 261-8847.

Hive @ Central

Hive @ central is a free entrepreneurial resource center for the public. The space allowed for local entrepreneurs to share ideas and collaborate, as well as receive mentoring and advice for their businesses. It also offers resources for small businesses such as access to library staff, programs, workshops, webinars, library databases, free Wi-Fi, meeting rooms and popular books for business reference.

The Business Roadmap Series has been relocated to Juniper Library (1825 W. Union Hills Drive). The 3rd Annual hive @ central Business Expo and Pitch! Competition on August 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. has been relocated to the South Mountain Community Library (7050 S. 24th Street).

Additional workshops at the hive have also been relocated to several of the Phoenix Public Library’s 16 locations.

Coder Classes

Coder Dojo, a free coding workshop for kids and teens ages 8-18, has relocated to a few different branches. Classes are still available at Yucca Library (5648 N. 15th Avenue), Cesar Chavez Library (3635 W. Baseline Road), Harmon Library (1325 S. 5th Avenue) and Ironwood Library (4333 E. Chandler Boulevard).

Little Bytes, a free coding workshop for kids ages 4-7, is currently available at Mesquite Library (4525 E. Paradise Village Parkway). Classes will begin at Cesar Chavez Library and Ironwood Library in September.

3D Modeling

The 3D Modeling class has been moved to South Mountain Community Library. The class allows kids ages 8-18 to learn how to design 3D modeling as it is used in video games, animation and more. Guests can learn to create and print their own 3D model during the class.

Materials Relocated

The library system is working to ensure the public still has access to materials from Burton Barr Library during the closure. Many books have been redistributed throughout the library system. The Yucca Library (5648 N. 15th Avenue), Century Library (1750 E. Highland Avenue) and Saguaro Library (2848 N. 46th Street) have received the bulk of the materials from the Burton Barr Library.

For more information on the relocated materials and a full list of relocated classes and programs, visit or call (602) 262- 4636.

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