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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 #10 of 281 Attractions 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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Milwaukie, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
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
21 helpful votes 21 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Check out the rare books room, top floor of library. amazing collection including one of the few remaining complete sets of the E.T. Curtis, 40 volume study of Indians of the Northwest: "The North American Indian". The rare book room hours are restricted but can be accessed via the library website https://multcolib.org the building itself is worth a visit. For... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The Multnomah County Central Library is the largest in Portland. You can spend hours browsing, or just relax and enjoy a good read. Some may be bothered by the homeless who use the computers and hangout in the bathrooms - but the staff and the large amount of books available in this library make it worth the encounter. Also make... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Portland Central Library is a beautiful building with a well arranged book selection. There is a very attractive children's section, a nice little card and gift shop with a bookish theme. In addition, the whole library system is well run; you can reserve almost any book because some library somewhere in the system has it on its shelves!! We... More 

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