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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 - 5:00 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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Beautiful building, great library system

My office used to be around the corner and I always looked for an excuse to escape to this beautiful building. I love the old brick classical buildings with a sense of permanence... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Pullman, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I love books enough to wade through the overwhelming amount of homeless individuals hanging out in front of the library as well as those charging their cell phones with every available wall outlet. But sometimes it gets a little much. Try to stick it out and you should have a good experience. There is plenty of historical photos of Portland's... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My office used to be around the corner and I always looked for an excuse to escape to this beautiful building. I love the old brick classical buildings with a sense of permanence and importance. If you use the library system, you can pick up any book here that is loanable (certain reference books don't get loaned out) even if... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

There is so much history in this building. Take the tour that is offered, check at the front desk for days and times. They not only offer books but also dvds, blu ray, cds and a helpful library staff.

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Sanibel, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The kids section is nice. Divided up well. Pretty building. Central location downtown. Easy access from the light rail. iPads with games for the kids. A few engaging kids programs too. They will give you a library card if you have a temp local address which was great since we were just here for the summer. Bathroom in the kids... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The summer reading program for kids is terrific and inspiring. The building is beautiful. Like visiting a shrine for books. Also visit Powell's main store to complete your pilgrimage.

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Poway, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Really a beautiful library. Make sure you make it to the top floor. This is a landmark in Portland that everyone should visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It is worth a visit. Beautiful old building and wonderful selection of books on different floors. There are computers you can use free of charge.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The building is attractive and interesting. It has many lectures and events. It is part of the Multnomah library system, which is OUTSTANDING!!! I come from a place that should have had a great system, but didn't. The librarians and staff here are helpful and pleasant. The types and extent of materials available to the public on site and online... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Some cities have slick modern buildings for their central library, think Seattle. Portland wows with this historic building. It was opened in 1913 with three floors and a Indiana Limestone exterior with brick on the upper floors. It was built at a cost of about $450,000. In 1994 the building was closed and extensively renovated including adding 2 floors for... More 

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Additional Information about Multnomah County Central Library

Address: 801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Phone Number: 503 988 5123
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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