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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
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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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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank Hook750211
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 

Thank Lapster2011
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

Thank 1Scooter
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.

3 Thank LaurettaYoung
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.

Thank SheriWink
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.

Thank Kimberley42
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

Thank Mary H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

If you want to take a break from shopping, walking around, or museums, stop at the library! There's usually a special exhibit on the 3rd floor and there are lots of magazines to read! Internet access is free. The bookstore has a number of inexpensive used books and great cards!

Thank matkat7
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

Was on vacation with my wife and saw this was a place to visit. After weaving through a crowd of homeless people asking for money, I walk in to see more homeless people inside. Not just at the entrance but all over the building. Building seemed nice but nothing special, wouldn't recommend.

4 Thank dperez001

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