Portland Library FAQs and Facts

May 12th, 2019 by

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The Portland Public Library, now known as the Multnomah County Library, is at the heart of the Portland community. Learn more about the history and FAQs about this Portland staple from the locals at Power Mazda!

Portland Library History

The creation of the Multnomah Country Library began in 1864 when a small group of citizens joined together to create a reading room and subscription library. Originally known as the Library Association of Portland, this was a first for this pioneer town. In 1902, the library received government funding and a separate library, the Portland Public Library, and the Multnomah Country Library merged and became open to all Portland residents. Library services then extended to all Multnomah Country residents in 1903.

Historical Landmark

Mary Frances Isom began leading the library in 1902 which started a period of exponential growth, culminating in the creation of the Central Library in Portland. The Central Library of Portland was the vision of architect A.E. Doyle, and took two years to build at a cost of $480,000. The building has now been added to the National Register of Historic Places and continues to serve users all over Multnomah County.

Portland Library Locations

The network of the Portland Public Library has now grown to include a network of neighborhood libraries serving communities all over Multnomah Country, including:

  • Albina Library
  • Belmont Library
  • Capitol Hill Library
  • Central Library
  • Fairview-Columbia Library
  • Gregory Heights Library
  • Gresham Library
  • Hillsdale Library
  • Holgate Library
  • Hollywood Library
  • Kenton Library
  • Midland Library
  • North Portland Library
  • Northwest Library
  • Rockwood Library
  • St. Johns Library
  • Sellwood-Moreland Library
  • Troutdale Library
  • Woodstock Library

Portland Library Programs and Services

Dedicated to serving the community, the Portland Library system offers a variety of programs and services to help, educate, and bring together members of Multnomah Country. Check your branch of the library system for services and programs like:

  • Job Seeker help
  • Lectures
  • Finance Classes
  • Clubs
  • Free events
  • Storytimes
  • Exhibitions
  • Performances
  • Adult Literacy Tutoring
  • Computer Classes
  • And more!

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