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Multnomah County Central Library

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Address: 801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
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+1 503-988-5123
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Where I as a child learned to write adult level books

Can't reveal too much as I am still ashamed that I owe them pennies in late fees. Ah well, I paid them back with copies of my magazine articles. So please visit for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Waldport, Oregon
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Waldport, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't reveal too much as I am still ashamed that I owe them pennies in late fees. Ah well, I paid them back with copies of my magazine articles. So please visit for the experience beyond, in my opinion, an institution ranked higher than the San Francisco and New York central libraries. Most visitors to our literary "Stumptown" do not... More 

Thank macandmurray
goldnedale, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't even know it was there! Found it by reading the name of authors on the benches outside on the sidewalk. Huge! Great genealogy section.

Thank Elizabeth W
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in to see the gift shop and use the restroom - nice looking library, don't be surprised at the number of 'campers' that are lurking around. It's all part of the Portland experience, I don't know if they are born here or come from other areas but there are loads of folks that sleep on the streets and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

This library is beautiful from the outside. Its old architecture inside and out adds to the environment of the library. The variety of books is extensive. The inside is spacious with rooms on either side of the staircase. They even have rare books room. There are a fair number of homeless people that come through, not a big problem though.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

If you are downtown, stop by the Central Library, which was beautifully preserved in recent years and is still the crown jewel of one of the most used library systems in the country. Check out the Friends of the Library store near the main entrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Central Library is absolutely gorgeous. You could spend hours inside just looking around at all the amazing things they have to offer, the different wings, amenities. The librarians working there are super friendly and helpful. It's just so amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

This is a great place both for residents and for short or long term visitors. The architecture is decent and the high ceilings, molding, and history are interesting. We learned that there used to be a caretaker apartment on the third floor in the area under the clock - where the music collection is now. There were also 14 janitors... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Make sure to check hours and visit when you can spend some time exploring the inside! Super stunning architecture and decor.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

The Multnomah County Central Library is located in downtown Portland right next to the Max Light Rail and also along the Portland Streetcar route. So it is easily accessible by public transportation. The Library is housed inside a 1913 building that is on the Register of Historic Places. The building has a total of three floors and is lofty and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Nice library, with library activities; story time, lectures and such. They provide free pubic WiFi and comfortable seats so you can get something done while the kids get to enjoy story time.

Thank Bryan L

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