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Multnomah County Central Library

Multnomah County LibraryAbout

Central Library is a cherished historic building, a downtown destination for locals and tourists alike. It is the hub of the Multnomah County Library system. The building, designed by architect A.E. Doyle, opened in 1913, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was remodeled from 1994 to 1997. One of the smallest main libraries of any comparable city, Central Library is among the busiest library buildings in the nation.

Gold certified

  • The library uses 100% recycled content copy paper.
  • Paperless alternatives are used whenever possible.
  • The staff break room has a supply of dishware/utensils for common use.
  • The staff break room has a bin for composting food waste.
  • Electronic devices are donated for reuse or recycled.
  • Green cleaning products are used.
  • Programmable thermostats are set back when space is typically unoccupied.
  • Centralized printers are used.
  • Bike parking spaces and showers are available for staff.
  • Transit passes are available for staff.
  • Central Library has a living eco-roof.
  • An environmental team is dedicated to implementing sustainability practices.

Central Library Building

Central Library green roof


801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205