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Multnomah County Central Library

801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503 988 5123
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Ranked #14 of 301 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries
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Portland, OR
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I grew up here in PDX and got my first library card in this very building in the mid-50's. Moved back to Portland in the late 90's to find a great library system - one of the most popular in the nation! But our central library itself was wisely restored some years ago, rather than being replaced with some supremely... More

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Portland's library system is one of the most heavily used in the nation, and the citizens recently created a permanent special tax district for fund it properly. End of budget wars. The flagship library downtown is beautifully restored and, while not physically huge (and cold) like Seattle's, sits atop a metaphorical iceberg of decentralized resources, most of which are available... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This was THE place that I did a lot of growing up in. Every week, my pops would take my siblings to the library, and I would use the internet with my library card to play games online and just explore the internet. (PAJAMA SAM GAMES). During my time living in Tennessee, I was so underwhelmed by the small library... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I LOVE Multnomah County Central Library. A beautiful old building in the heart of downtown. Great selection of books and the ability to put things on hold that are not in stock. They keep up with new movies and you can check out DVD's. and for those without WiFi at home there is free WiFi or a lot of computers... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Historic and beautiful old building. Worth a visit just for the architecture. Incredibly helpful and kind staff.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We tucked into the Central Library after stumbling across it while we were walking downtown. It's a beautiful space but I was even more excited about the card catalog we found on the 2nd floor. I remembered them from my youth and it was great to see one still in use! Bibliophiles will delight!

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Portland, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is a great library. It is easy to get to as it is located on both the MAX lines and the StreetCar lines in Porltand. The building is Historic and quite beautiful. There are lots of steps so if you need mobility help call ahead and find out where the ramp is located. A word of caution though, sometimes... More

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PA,USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I must agree with other positive reviews here. I am so glad that I had time for a few brief trips to Central Library this time in Portland. The title I used above sums it up, but you should really see it for yourself. It also affords you the opportunity to enjoy a place that many locals call their own.... More

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Portland, OR
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The library is a great place, whether it is for me or my child. We always have books, movies, CD's and it is never enough. Who doesn't love the library?

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kent, wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Loved this place so much as a teen I rode here from Beaverton to check out books often, often- and hit the bookstores.. Still love the staircase and quiet there.

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