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Multnomah County Central Library

801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503 988 5123
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Ranked #10 of 312 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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Portland, OR
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I hadn't been in the Central library for years, but since moving to a new office space just a few blocks away, I have rediscovered this amazing, architecturally significant library. Staff are friendly and helpful, it is well organized and there is such a breadth to the collection that it is easy to find whatever you might need. Plus, just... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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86 reviews 86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I was born in Portland in 1946, and I really do not remember the first time that I visited this library. I was across the street from my dad's office, and it was the place that I visited frequently during grade and high school. I love the way that the building has been preserved in its near-original style. It takes... More

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Portland, Oregon
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Put down your Kindle and take a tour or immerse yourself in our wonderfully smelling library-books have that great fragrance and unlike a lot of libraries now, our library still has a vast selection of books. I like to just go there and wander.. It's located downtown so it's nice to make a day trip, going to the library and... More

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Kerhonkson, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Beautiful old building that is well maintained. Unfortunately, the many homeless in Portland need somewhere to go as well. There is a rare book room that has limited hours and i would return to view this.

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Plano, Texas
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278 reviews 278 reviews
106 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Of a wonderful town. The main building is an attraction by itself. This is a modern change with the times facility. Truly adds a lot to the city

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Portland, Oregon
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82 reviews 82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I've visited several branches of the Portland library system. I'm also able to check out books in Vancouver, WA thanks to a cooperative agreement between library systems. There are no late fines. Miraculously, you can renew a book up to 50 times (if it's not on hold) for 3 week periods, that is 2.88 years. When discussing this with a... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

I am a loyal library patron and want to point out that the MultCo library system has an excellent collection of books and other resources. The main library is indeed a wonderful historic building but there are many neighborhood branches that are worth a visit if you are looking for something to read or a quiet place to hang out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Multnomah County Library is fabulous. We residents should be very proud. Easy to access online-reserves, renewals, searches. The staff are wonderful and so helpful. The Central Branch is very large and would be a fun visit for a tourist. And if you're new in town and plan to stay, you MUST get a library card.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This library is a grand old library which was painstakingly renovated to it's former beauty. A lovely,winding marble staircase greets you on your entrance. Look closely and you will see the craftmanship in the work.

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El Dorado Hills, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We didn't go in as we had already been to Powell's Book store, but the building in a beautiful old stone building. We sat on the buildt-in benches on the street lined with huge beautiful old trees and soaked in the atmosphere. I am sure it must be lovely inside.

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