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Multnomah County Central Library

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Address: 801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Phone Number: +1 503-988-5123
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You'll need to make a reservation to visit this collection of ancient manuscripts, maps, bibles, and other books that were the foundation of this public library in 1904. White... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You'll need to make a reservation to visit this collection of ancient manuscripts, maps, bibles, and other books that were the foundation of this public library in 1904. White gloves are provided for handling the items that are maintained in a controlled atmosphere to protect them from deterioration.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful, grand old library! In this age of computers you will still find many people use this facility on a daily basis. It opens at 10AM with people usually standing at the front doors to get in, An easy downtown location,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were some great employees that helped with some Chinese Garden VIPs! Several spoke mandarin and really showed that culture and intellect are respected at the library.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

MC Central Library brings out the reader in all of us. Their online system where you can create and queue and request titles for books (both paper and electronic), audio and CDs is such a great resource. I love my library.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Great building inside and out . 3 floors of books covering all aspects and ages. Staircase is amazing .

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 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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