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Multnomah County Central Library

Address: 801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 503 988 5123
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Ranked #15 of 590 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Hours:
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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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Portland is known for it's many libraries. Not just books anymore....CDs, DVDs, blu-ray, magazines and many more. There is a lot of history in the downtown location. I recommend taking the short tour they offer.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This library has it going on!! IT has classical architecture as its theme, it is very pleasing to the eye. It is not overwhelming but it has a majestic masculine stance and its second floor plaza is especially impressive. As are its several reading rooms. The technology here is top notch as well.

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Milwaukie, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If you want to take a break around downtown head into the library for a quick break check out the art work and the architecture. Beautiful building and great open space. The building has a great collection of books and has a huge circulation. I love this library for the plethora of music and musical scores.

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

First of all, it is a beautiful building, that was updated in the 90s, and they did a fantastic job. There is a lot on offer here, and it is convenient to "order" the books/music/movies online and then pick them up when they're available. If they do not have a book you want, they will get it for you, free... More 

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Portland, OR
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

It may not look like it from its Georgian exterior, but the Multnomah County Central Library in downtown Portland, OR is one of the busiest in the country, second only to the New York City Public Library and at about 1/2 the size. Portland really does love its books. The library itself it fairly easy to navigate and offers something... More 

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Magnificent library This is a modern change with the times facility, Historic and beautiful old building, we were very impressed.

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Portland, OR
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I always have a dozen or so movies on hold and, since we don't watch them frequently, we never have to rent them. Never can figure out how to do ILL so I just go into my friendly, neighborhood branch and they do it with me.

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Oregon City, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The best library around! If you love real, printed books look no farther.....and the smell! Does anything else smell like a library?

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I live in Clackamas County but West Linn's library while very charming, is small and did not have the Brazillian Portuguese audio tapes I was seeking. Upon the advice of the West Linn library, I was able to secure a Multnomah County library card and check out the educational tapes. The staff at the main library was helpful and very... More 

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