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“Staff very helpful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Multnomah County Central Library

Multnomah County Central Library
801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503 988 5123
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Ranked #18 of 586 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Staff very helpful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a beautiful public library. We only went in to use the computers and printers, but the staff were so helpful and friendly, we were very impressed.

Visited September 2013
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Portland, OR
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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“Great staff-Wonderful Quiet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

What libraries all used to be, and what they should be, but what now few are. I cherish it. Especially good photography and art sections. Very good online ordering and management system as well for books and films.

Visited September 2013
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Bothell, Washington
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“A Reader's Paradise, second only to Powell's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Think of this place like Powell's City of Books, except that you have to return what you read; and sadly if you don't live in the general area, I doubt that you could check a book at all. But that doesn't mean you can't have a great time while you're here. This is the most amazing library and it's very beautiful. It has four floors, the top floor being an art gallery. The lobby is gorgeous and the individual sections like Fiction are housed in separate rooms so each floor has a large lobby of it's own that can be reached via marble staircase or elevator. It's worth it to check out each floor as each one is different. The Beverly Cleary Children's Library (named after the famous author who wrote the "Ramona Cleary" books) is a must see, with a huge tree sculpture that is so detailed you'll spend several minutes just trying to find all the animals characters around it. Directly inside the door to the library is a very nice store that has books and gift items. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful historic building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This library is beautiful, both outside and inside - worth wandering around just to look at even if you are not a library buff. Convenient downtown location and friendly staff.

Visited August 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Beautiful architecture - helpful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Love hanging out at the downtown library - neat and clean - always helpful staff and so many offerings!

Visited August 2013
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