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Multnomah County Central Library

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Address: 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2520
Phone Number: 503 988 5123
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Tue - Wed 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Having grown up in Portland I have gone to the Central Library for school projects and also for getting books for enjoyment my whole life. Even if you don't live in Portland or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having grown up in Portland I have gone to the Central Library for school projects and also for getting books for enjoyment my whole life. Even if you don't live in Portland or can even check out books at this library it's a great place to enter and look at the nice architecture and colorful selection of locals filling it... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As cities grow and change, they face the choice of renovating old buildings or constructing new ones. This library building originally opened in 1912, and underwent a major renovation in the mid nineties. As a usable library, I suspect the choice to stay in the old building comes with challenges. But as an uplifting civic space dedicated to making books... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful beautiful building and incredibly wonderful staff. I prefer to order my books and jut run in and grab them however if you are touring YES look around!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Checked this public venue on a rainy afternoon. Ok. It was the usual homeless crowd. But really… not any worse than usual. At least they were not aggressively panhandling. Saw a bunch reading magazines. They must be the most well-read homeless patrons in the country. Dark skies outside. Excellent lighting inside. At the desk, or on the hard backed chairs.... More 

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Classic building, impressive use of marble, wood, high ceilings , small exhibit area, main thing to see is the cool old building in excellent condition

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I have not been to a city library in a very long time, mainly because I do all of my reading via electronic devices. However, I made a stop there with a friend and was pleasantly surprised by this place. First off they are equipped with self check out stations, which is fantastic. Turns out my friend was able to... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I don't have a solution to this but it is definitely not a place I would visit again due to the huge numbers of homeless people leaving trash and taking up all the chairs.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

For book lovers and old architecture buffs the Central Library on SW 10th and Taylor is a must. Portland has one of the highest readerships for a city of its size in the country and citizens supported a special levy that provides permanent and adequate funding. Portland's libraries are one of the best reasons to live in this beautiful city.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Thank goodness for public libraries. Not only are they a fabulous service for society, but they also often offer a great place to hold meetings. The Central Library has a number of rooms you can reserve. More than anything, beyond the books, I love the art and sculptures. The gorgeous tree in the children's room is particularly stunning.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Bring your camera, the architecture is interesting, pay attention to the carved and etched stairs. Look through the classical windows, visit the resale store. Oh, and check out the books, the media and the helpful staff. All this in downtown Portland near many other photogenic attractions

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