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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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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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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A trip with my grandchildren.

I love taking my two younger grandchildren to the Central Library because they have a wonderful children's section. I have always loved this library from the first time I came to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I love taking my two younger grandchildren to the Central Library because they have a wonderful children's section. I have always loved this library from the first time I came to it as a child. I don't have any disliked.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

For Portland, this is a beautiful historic building. Small and well stocked at the edge of the center of Portland downtown, near theatre district, Pearl district with numerous good eats.. Also very near Powell's Book Store where one can find the books the Libray does not have! .

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Check out the Rare Book Room - they have an incredible collection, you can get a guided tour, and they change the display regularly.

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful architecture and a plethora of media make this a great place to visit and browse even if you aren't from the area. It just has a wonderful feel and is a great place to take a quiet break if you are visiting the area

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

This beautiful 125,000 square foot building was built in 1913 and rejuvenated in 1997. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out the beautiful engraved black granite staircase. You can also take a tour of the eco-roof.

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New Albany, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This was a stop on scavenger hunt with Stray Boots...and one of my favorites! The children's room is dedicated for local author Beverly Cleary with a plaque to honor her. The central steps are amazing with carvings in them...We really enjoyed the stop!

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Someone mentioned that the library was spectacular and I had some extra time, so I stopped by. If I had known how spectacular, I would have made it a destination. The architecture inside and out is beautiful and the views from the windows are an added bonus. The most remarkable are the black marble stairs from the first to second... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I grew up in Portland and this is the library where I learned my love of books and libraries. It's changed a lot over the years, but its still a great place to spend hours immersing in the extensive collections of rare and wonderful books

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

What a beautiful building for a library. When we were there they were doing a photo shoot on their beautiful black granite staircase which is engraved. If you visit check out the interior architecture in the second and third floors. In the children's library there is a beautiful bronze tree. Good place to visit for a little break. There is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This library has beautiful architecture, a grand interior, and is such a treasure for Portland. The children's area has many books for all ages, Saturday morning kids sessions, summer reading programs, and many computers to use. You can also find periodicals, movies, books on every topic, art exhibits upstairs, and a warm welcome from the front desk. The other reviews... More 

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Additional Information about Multnomah County Central Library

Address: Address: 801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Phone Number: 503 988 5123
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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