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Multnomah County Central Library

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Address: 801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Phone Number: 503 988 5123
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Wed 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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A restful spot, interesting architecture, and good exhibits

This is a restful place to stop, and the architecture is interesting. There's a gift shop that bibliophiles will appreciate. Be sure to check on-line for current concerts and/or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Mary P
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a restful place to stop, and the architecture is interesting. There's a gift shop that bibliophiles will appreciate. Be sure to check on-line for current concerts and/or exhibits on the top floor -- for example, in the past year they had an exhibit of calligraphy of poems by William Stafford, and it was amazing. There's also an excellent... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The staff was extremely helpful directing me to resources from 1917-1918. I am searching for my paternal grandparents wedding license and the birth certificate of their first child, my uncle. I also ordered an independent search at Vital Records. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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Wellington, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A very interesting old building. . Went on a scheduled tour and I was only one who showed up. Had a great one on one with guide.Check with the library for dates of guided tours.

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San Jose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Wow - worth a walk-through. It's a beautiful majestic library that are a rarity in this day and age.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Hosted a work meeting at the Central Library U.S. Bank Room. Staff was very helpful prior to, and during, the meeting. The library is very lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very human sized library with an attractive great hall where you can take out a book or magazine and dive into something you'd never thought about before, then move on to the rest of your day's plans.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

If you find yourself in downtown Portland, give yourself a bit of time to just walk through the main library. They have done the best remodel, brought up to date yet anchored in history. The stairs alone are enough reason to visit - so beautiful. The art's not bad either.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A Community meeting place located in downtown Portland. A lovely building. Internat access available and a number of rooms where one can read or rest. From business professionals to homeless folks, there is always a lot of activity here. Check out the beautiful staircase and the children's library as well.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I visit this place about once a month for research on one of the upper floors. I love this building. The staff is always helpful. There are tons of homeless people in and out and around the building which add to the adventure. Don't fret though there are always security/Sherif folks around to keep things calm. The kids section is... More 

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Pullman, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Stopped by here this past weekend because the place got great reviews, but I don't know why. It's a pretty building, and I'm an avid reader and lover of good architecture, but I wasn't blown away. I was impressed to find a room dedicated to sheet music but that was all that peaked my interest,

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