Phoenix Library’s co-working space

Phoenix has a new co-working space, in the Central Library:


Hive @ Central, a new co-working space and business incubator at Burton Barr Central Library in central Phoenix


Following the private-sector trend toward “co-working” office spaces, the Hive provides working areas, conference rooms and information and tips on how to start a business in the city. Co-working spaces have sprung up across the country in recent years as entrepreneurs and those who lost jobs during the recession seek places to work and launch new enterprises.

The Hive is on the second floor of the library, 1221 N. Central Ave., but it’s unlike other spaces at public libraries. First of all, you won’t get shushed for talking. And the librarians don the hats of business advisers, sharing tips on where to go to find the right business connections.


Phoenix, which operates the library, partnered with Arizona State University to create the Hive. It’s part of ASU’s Alexandria Co-Working Network, a program named after the great Egyptian library, that aims to open collaborative spaces in public libraries throughout the state. Similar spaces have opened at libraries in Scottsdale and Mesa, and Goodyear expects to soon follow.

The city spent about $150,000 to create the space, with the money coming from its capital-improvement and library-operations budgets, a spokeswoman said.



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