I grew up here in PDX and got my first library card in this very building in the mid-50's. Moved back to Portland in the late 90's to find a great library system - one of the most popular in the nation! But our central library itself was wisely restored some years ago, rather than being replaced with some supremely ugly structure as they did in Seattle. It boasts many features including a childrens' reading room dedicated to Beverly Cleary, whose books got me through my childhood. In the heart of town, shaded by heritage trees, stands this regal old building. Even if you are a tourist and not a member, it is worth a visit!
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