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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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Central library

Great service and wifi. Also lots of computers for the research I was doing - easy to get guest pass

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Kathie B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great service and wifi. Also lots of computers for the research I was doing - easy to get guest pass

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We love our libraries, and usually vote to give the library all the money it needs. PROS: Great old building, outstanding, motivated staff that handles their many challenges with poise and professionalism. CONS: Inadequate restrooms, and too many people using the restroom for bathing purposes. Also, although there are professional, well-trained, competent guards all over the place at the library--you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Multco libe is a crown jewel in Portland. From the carved granite steps and oak banisters to its significant holdings, the central library is an off the beaten track must-see. My only complaint, with the Central branch, is that there are virtually no mass paperbacks. You know, summer reading with broken spines and dog-eared pages. You'll find those at... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This library is excellent, a reflection of its relationship to a city that really reads. MCCL has one of our nation's highest daily usage rates. Not only that, it's a lovely old building. Check out the elegant staircase or the wonderful children's reading room.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If it is raining or you are just homeless this is a safe and wonderful place to catch a nap. Read if you like since it is a library...and there is a nice cafe...but really the chairs are quite comfortable.

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Western Australia, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

They have a few levels up a marble staircase. Decor and shelving are good, but nothing breath-taking. Worth a pop-in if you're bored (unless you like reading/studying).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I asked where the public computers were and the lady working on the 2nd floor acted like assisting me was the best thing that ever happened to her! she made me feel so welcomed!

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Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have a wonderful library system and tax ourselves extra for it. The Central library has been restored and is quite lovely, with a nice little shop which benefits Friends of the Library. If they will give you a card, you should look for the "Lucky Day" shelves if you are here long enough to read a book. Every branch... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This grand historic library has it all - several floors of books, a cafe, periodical reading room and a little store.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Unique building. Good selection. If you live close by, I would definitely recommend this cozy library. I had been there ones.

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