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Multnomah County Central Library

801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503 988 5123
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Ranked #13 of 308 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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Portland, Oregon
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
41 helpful votes 41 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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76 reviews 76 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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Portland, Oregon
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The renovation of this old and tired building years ago restored it's beauty and usefulness. Even if you don't have kids, peek into the Beverly Cleary children's library and remember these books from your past. Ever wonder Ramona and Beezus were always taking off rain gear? Be sure to walk the elegant central staircase.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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186 reviews 186 reviews
49 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I'd read recommendations to visit this library, but I found (a) there wasn't much design of interest, and (b) every table and seating area was immediately taken by homeless people who were all waiting outside for it to open. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it meant it wasn't a relaxing place for a tourist to hang out,... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is a beautiful library with artwork, a nice Friends gift shop, beautiful stairways and ceiling. Looks like a lot of books and computers available. I like the Beverly Cleary Childrens section.

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Denver, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I love old libraries and even more so when they hew to the principles of making knowledge available to everyone.

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Portland, Oregon
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99 reviews 99 reviews
39 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This beautiful historic library serves as the centerpiece to the Multnomah County Library system (ranking 2nd among U.S. libraries for circulation, an impressive feat given Portland’s modest population). I believe the building and the books, media, etc contained within the library do an excellent job as the center of this system. The library is split over three levels, well divided... More

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