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Multnomah County Central Library

801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2520
+1 503-988-5123
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801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2520
+1 503-988-5123
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone should experience this Library! Their resources and staff are amazing! They even have specific libraries within the same building to house specific collections. The children’s library is out of this world cool- a tree is even inside it! As a librarian it was a...More

Thank Lucithechin17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The building is beautiful and well maintained. The main staircase is worth a trip to the top. We found (January 2018) a fun interactive exhibit on immigration. The gift shop offers cute notecards& multipurpose bags, gifts and notecards.

Thank M0ther_of_5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the digital age, Libraries are a bit of a retro thing, but the Portland landmark is a major library but also almost a working museum of what great libraries used to be like. It is the perfect, reverent housing for the knowledge it contains....More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This was a great break for us. I wanted to print out our boarding passes and the kids stayed in the children’s library room and had some rare electronic time. Awesome IPads and a tree sculpture as well. The architecture and staircase were beautiful.

Thank fourmileswest
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

A lovely library where Beverly Cleary used to work. Or at least that's how I understand it. Didn't get to spend a lot of time here, but it's such a lovely building.

Thank Travel_Lady157
Reviewed 16 September 2017

I appreciate how the county and city maintains this historic building, and houses a wealth of knowledge. It is inviting and peaceful. They staff is always kind and helpful.

1  Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I'm a Portland Native, but even though I've moved away, I still enjoy getting to visit the Central Library! There are story times for kids (check their website). The artwork, the stairs, the tree in the children's area, the 'free to use' spaces and little...More

Thank MommaHarris
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Not only took out books on travel here but also found some "Lucky Day" books. Also went to a fantastic talk about the eclipse. Residents are lucky to have this library. Librarians incredibly helpful! Thank you all.

Thank Ginny1Jupiter
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This library is historical and majestic and really gives knowledge proper respect. It is usually very quiet and the whole ambience is conducive to deep study or reflection. It's a magical library with multiple floors and marble pillars.

Thank TamaraSofia
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I love the old building and walking up the grand staircase to get to the various collections. The writers room is my personal sanctuary.

Thank Steve S
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