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Multnomah County Central Library

801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2520
+1 503-988-5123
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Great place to kick back and read

I love the old building and walking up the grand staircase to get to the various collections. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Steve S
Portland, Oregon
A Grand Old Building

Like a lot of people, I stopped here to use the restroom (which was clean). It's a great old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rosemary W
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801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2520
+1 503-988-5123
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love the old building and walking up the grand staircase to get to the various collections. The writers room is my personal sanctuary.

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like a lot of people, I stopped here to use the restroom (which was clean). It's a great old building, with high ceilings, tall windows, a skylight, information desks, computers, WiFi, and, of course, books.

Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Check out Portland's homeless problem up close and personal, especially during the winter months. This is a gem of a library - but it is usually crawling with those who have nowhere else to go.

Thank BlueHenFlyer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice and easy place to brows. Located in the center of town and easy to find. It's also a good place to find free internet.

Thank blackveggie
Reviewed 16 June 2017

What a hidden gem in downtown Portland. This library is gorgeous! You enter and immediately see a winding staircase with a repurposed card catalog sitting at the base. The fiction books are in the room to the left and the Beverly Clearly Children's Room is...More

Thank Ebbe5
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I stopped by the library on the way to saturday market because I needed WiFi. Not only the building but also the inside is so impressive. Although the library shop is small, I could find special souvenir for myself.

Thank ShootingStar2017
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Just plain beautiful and the drinks are amazing, seriously. The staff are all very knowledgable and professional. My only gripe is the wait. Be prepared to wait 2+ hours if you don't arrive when they open or prior as this time we wait 2 1/2+...More

Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I love our Central Library! It is historic with that old world feeling and just makes you glad your visiting it. Great helpful staff always there to direct you to where you need to go or give help in finding a book, book on CD,...More

Thank Jeanie B
Reviewed 10 April 2017

When we're in Portland, one of our regular stops is the central library. It's right downtown, and you can get there on the streetcar, max, or just walk over. We don't borrow books during our short visits, but we always drop by the Friends of...More

Thank iLind
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Well stocked and superbly curated collections with librarians eager to help you find just what you're looking for. Many branches, but hours can be tricky - so check before going.

Thank srenan
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