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Multnomah County Central Library

801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503 988 5123
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Ranked #11 of 311 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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Plano, Texas
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229 reviews 229 reviews
84 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Of a wonderful town. The main building is an attraction by itself. This is a modern change with the times facility. Truly adds a lot to the city

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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82 reviews 82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've visited several branches of the Portland library system. I'm also able to check out books in Vancouver, WA thanks to a cooperative agreement between library systems. There are no late fines. Miraculously, you can renew a book up to 50 times (if it's not on hold) for 3 week periods, that is 2.88 years. When discussing this with a... More

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California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

I am a loyal library patron and want to point out that the MultCo library system has an excellent collection of books and other resources. The main library is indeed a wonderful historic building but there are many neighborhood branches that are worth a visit if you are looking for something to read or a quiet place to hang out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Multnomah County Library is fabulous. We residents should be very proud. Easy to access online-reserves, renewals, searches. The staff are wonderful and so helpful. The Central Branch is very large and would be a fun visit for a tourist. And if you're new in town and plan to stay, you MUST get a library card.

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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This library is a grand old library which was painstakingly renovated to it's former beauty. A lovely,winding marble staircase greets you on your entrance. Look closely and you will see the craftmanship in the work.

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El Dorado Hills, California
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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We didn't go in as we had already been to Powell's Book store, but the building in a beautiful old stone building. We sat on the buildt-in benches on the street lined with huge beautiful old trees and soaked in the atmosphere. I am sure it must be lovely inside.

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Portland, Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I love our library system! I think we have one of the best stocked and best services libraries in a mid-sized city in the US. I best we even beat some larger cities. I love the media available - DVDs, CDs, e-books. I love that I can get current TV shows, movies and music for free! I go to the... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We are avid readers, and also recycle/reusers, so the library is one of our first choices to look for a book or dvd and place on hold (even if the hold line is very long). The Multnomah County Library system is a great one, and of course the Central Library in downtown Portland is an icon.

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Portland, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The library is a serene great place to read magazines, hunt for books or do research. The high ceilings and ambience are perfect for a library and the librarians are amazing.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I would give it 10 stars if possible. Anyone who would say this is an "Ok" library, does not appreciate libraries. It is stunning. Architecturally beautiful with amazing access to a variety of information, both written and online. Their children's collection is fantastic, their central entryway and stairway is magical (pay attention to the words chiseled into the stone staircase).... More

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