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“Grand building”

Multnomah County Central Library
Ranked #29 of 445 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Vancouver, Washington
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163 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Grand building”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

This is a place where you can spend a day in various parts of the library. Take the MAX line if you don't want to fuss with parking a few blocks away. The architecture is worth a look, as the original charm of this old building is maintained.

Visited April 2012
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Portland, OR
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“World class library”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This library has consistently earned credits for both the number of people it serves and the wide variety of materials that are available to its subscribers.

Visited December 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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58 reviews
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“Creepy bums outside but nice inside”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Once you get past the panhandlers outside it is nice to walk into such a historical place. Beautiful library.

Visited July 2012
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Portland, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“For this place, I gladly pay my taxes.”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Staff is helpful, patient, space is welcoming, and selection of materials or ability to obtain materials from other sources is the best I've ever experienced.

Visited November 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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9 reviews
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“Word!”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

The People of Portland love their library, and with good reason.

There are some days when one seeks to find what is good in life. Libraries, with their egalitarian spreading of the word are one of the fine things that sustain one's belief in the essential rightness of the human race.

Yes, this is a heady responsibility to uphold, but the librarians are from some wickedly wonderful place, the holdings are well-chosen, the programs bring the community together, inculcating an inclusive civic spirit that supports both the individual and society at large.

Oh, and as if that weren't enough, check out the sculpture tree in the children's reading room, the fresh flowers on the landing, and the list of available programs, from bookmobiles for the elderly, summer reading for the kids, from job seekers to citizenship classes, and then there's knitting, dancing, and crafting workshops as well as the book discussion groups and authors' readings.

The library has it going on!

Word.

UP!

Visited November 2012
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