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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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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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extremely friendly staff

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Western Australia, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Portland, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 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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