Multnomah County Library


Thanks to the support of voters, Multnomah County Library is hard at work on a major transformation. New spaces will replace cramped buildings and help the library change and grow along with the community. The library will upgrade computers and technology in every location.

Community input is shaping the design for library spaces. Thanks to feedback from members of the community, many libraries will have new features, such as:

  • Art that represents diverse cultures.
  • Large play and learning spaces for children.
  • Teen rooms with space for technology, homework and creative expression.
  • New and expanded spaces for meeting and gathering.

Multnomah County Library provides a variety of physical and digital material to support the informational, educational, and recreational needs of our community. The collection reflects the diverse population of our county.

To create and maintain our collection, the library considers these factors:

  • demand
  • accuracy
  • objectivity
  • contemporary or historical significance
  • diversity of viewpoints
  • artistic excellence
  • suitability of format for library use

Multnomah County Library has 19 neighborhood locations, including Central Library in downtown Portland. Each collection is tailored to the size of the library, community interests and cultural makeup. We maintain collections in several languages, including Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Freedom to access

Multnomah County Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom, which favor liberty of thought and an opposition to censorship. We support your right to access a wide variety of materials even if the content may be controversial, unorthodox or unacceptable to others.

Library users of all ages can access the entire collection. We encourage parents and guardians to help their children choose resources that keep with their values. Our staff can help find materials appropriate for each family.

Maintaining the collection

To provide a high-quality collection within limited space, we judiciously remove outdated and worn items. We replace materials that are still in demand. Some of our books and other documents have enduring value, particularly those with local historical significance. We will mend and preserve these whenever possible.



Audio June 11 2024

All About Books: Katy Conneely, Dublin City FM on the 2024 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

In her 'All About Books' podcast Katy Conneely attends the Winning Ceremony of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award on 23rd May 2024 and provides some highlights of the ceremony
Video June 5 2024

2024 Dublin Literary Award Winners Mircea Cărtărescu and Sean Cotter In Conversation

Mircea Cărtărescu and Sean Cotter, winners of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award take an in-depth look at the winning title, Solenoid with Alex Clarke as part of International Literature Festival Dublin.
Video May 31 2024

Dublin Literary Award 2024 Winner Announcements Highlights

Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu and translator Sean Cotter have been announced as winners of the 2024 Dublin Literary Award on Thursday 23rd of May, for the novel Solenoid.
Video May 8 2024

Alexis Wright – Praiseworthy Q&A

Q&A with Alexis Wright, one of the six shortlisted authors for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award in which she discusses her passion for libraries and explores the influences behind her novel Praiseworthy


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