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Multnomah County Central Library

801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503 988 5123
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Ranked #12 of 309 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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El Dorado Hills, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It is a okay library , not much to do. Free wifi and close to my school and home. And I am typing this random end so I can finally reach 50 words cause they say I have to write at least that much!

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Petaluma, California, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

One of the finest city libraries anywhere. I as a traveller especially like their free 1 hour including printing of their computers. They have an easy sign in procedure, just go upstairs show your library card or drivers license and you get a checkin number. easy public transit right out the front door.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Portland is so lucky to have a main library which is perfectly situated and still has a commanding presence due to its grand classical exterior, sweeping staircases and high ceilings. Yet inside is a contemporary public library making use of all that modern technology has to offer. It's nice to see Portland has recognized that offering modern library services isn't... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

the rooftop sustainable garden with a view of mt rainier is hard to beat, but the collection, displays, stair case, exterior and staff were all great too. (i notice these things -- i work in a public library.)

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Newberry
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I am a librarian by profession and when traveling love to checkout the local book shops and libraries. My husband and I had been to Powell's and while walking in that area found this great old library. It is an interesting old building, well lit, and well organized. I noted a lot of people coming and going, so I gather... More

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