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Multnomah County Library | Portland, Oregon

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. As Oregon’s largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state’s population with a wide variety of programs and services. Here are some of the libraries in Multnomah County that may be of interest to conference attendees.

Central Library
503.988.5234 • 801 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

Open Mon. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tue. & Wed. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Thu.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. noon–5 p.m.

One of the smallest central libraries serving a population of a similar size, the 125,000 square foot building opened in 1913, was renovated 1994–1997, and reopened in April 1997. The building received the AIA/ALA Award of Excellence in recognition of distinguished accomplishment in library architecture in 2001.

Library tours (Meet at the Welcome Desk in the foyer):
Wed., March 24, 5–6 p.m.
Thu., March 25, 11 a.m.–noon
Fri., March 26, 4–5 p.m.
Sat., March 27, 2–3 p.m.

Self-guided tour brochures are available at the Welcome Desk and at desks throughout Central Library.

Directions:
Walk to the Convention Center MAX light rail station. Board the MAX BLUE line to City Center/ Hillsboro or the RED line to City Center & Beaverton. Get off at Galleria/SW 10th MAX station (the last stop in the Rail Free Zone). Walk 0.1 mile south to Central Library (801 S.W. 10th Ave.). Time: About 15 minutes. Fare: This is in the Rail Free Zone, so no fare is required.

Hollywood Library
503.988.5391 • 4040 N.E. Tillamook St., Portland, OR 97212
Open Mon. & Tue. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. noon–5 p.m.
The 13,000 square foot ground floor library is part of a mixed-use building, with retail space adjacent to the library and 47 mixed-income apartments above. Multnomah County has a two-party condominium relationship with the developer; the county owns the library and the developer owns the retail space and apartments. The building opened in 2002.
Directions:
Walk to the Convention Center MAX light rail station. Board either the BLUE line to Gresham or the GREEN line to Clackamas Town Center. Get off at Hollywood/N.E. 42nd Ave. station. Walk 0.4 mile north to Hollywood Library (4040 N.E. Tillamook St.). Time: About 20 minutes. Fare: Adult ($2), Youth/Student ($1.50), or Honored Citizen ($0.95).

Kenton Library
503.988.5370 • 8226 N. Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217
Open Mon. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tue. & Wed. noon–8 p.m.; Thu.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. noon–5 p.m.
The 6,000 square foot storefront building is Multnomah County’s newest branch library. It’s a leased space in a renovated building featuring recycled wood from the original structure. The library opened March 8, 2010.
Directions:
Walk 0.36 mile west from the Convention Center to the Interstate/Rose Quarter MAX station. Board the MAX YELLOW line to Expo Center. Get off at Kenton/N. Denver Ave. MAX station. Walk 0.1 mile south to Kenton Library (8226 N. Denver Ave.). Time: About 30 minutes. Fare: Adult ($2), Youth/Student ($1.50), or Honored Citizen ($0.95).

Hillsdale Library
503.988.5388 • 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., Portland, OR 97239
Open Mon. & Tue. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. noon–5 p.m.
This 12,000 square foot library, which opened in 2004, earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification at the Gold Level. It incorporates many environmental design elements that significantly reduce or eliminate the building’s negative impact on the environment, while providing an inviting, friendly and comfortable place for library users of all ages.
Directions:
Walk to the Convention Center MAX light rail station. Board the MAX GREEN line to City Center/PSU. Get off at S.W. 5th Ave. & Pine St. Board TriMet Bus 44 (Capitol Hill to PCC Sylvania). Get off at S.W. Capitol & Sunset. Walk northwest to the Hillsdale Library (1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.). Time: About 40 minutes. Fare: Adult ($2), Youth/Student ($1.50), or Honored Citizen ($0.95).
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Contact junem@multcolib.org for more information about the Multnomah County Libraries.

Lake Oswego Public Library
The Lake Oswego Public Library has been Oregon’s top rated Library (Hennen/HAPLR) for the last six years. This 27,100 square foot community Library has a service population of 40,000 and circulates over 1.4 million items per year. Lake Oswego residents have the highest per capita circulation of any community in Oregon (32.5 items per capita).

Lake Oswego Public Library
(503) 636-7628
706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Open M-Th 10-9; F Sat 10-6 Sun 1-6
Bill Baars, Library Director

Driving Directions
Distance: 9.55 miles Time: 20 minutes
Start at 777 NE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD, PORTLAND going toward NE IRVING ST – go 0.1 mi
Turn Right on NE GLISAN ST – go 0.2 mi
Continue on NE LLOYD BLVD – go 0.1 mi
Continue on NE INTERSTATE AVE – go 0.4 mi
Turn Right on N LARRABEE AVE
Turn Right on N WINNING WAY – go 0.2 mi
Take Left ramp onto I-5 S – go 2.4 mi
Take exit #299A/LAKE OSWEGO onto SW HOOD AVE(OR-43 S) – go 0.7 mi
Continue to follow OR-43 S – go 5.1 mi
Turn Right on D AVE – go 0.3 mi
Turn Right on 4TH ST
Arrive at 706 4TH ST, LAKE OSWEGO, on the Left

This library is tentatively planning to organize a tour of this facility during the PLA conference. Contact lmathisen@ci.oswego.or.us for more information.

Fort Vancouver Regional Library
Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and serves more than 443,000 residents in four counties with 13 libraries and 3 bookmobiles. Eight libraries are in Clark County, just north across the Columbia River from Portland. More information at www.fvrl.org.

Here are the Clark County FVRL libraries that may be of interest to conference attendees:

Battle Ground Community Library
(360) 687-2322
1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground WA 98604
Open Tu W Th 10-8; F Sat 10-6
Jackie Spurlock, Community Librarian
New building opened May 2009 in Battle Ground Village, a live-work development.
PLEASE NOTE: Management staff will be attending PLA and not available to give tours, so this would be a D.I.Y. opportunity only.
Directions [driving distance from Oregon Convention Center is 25.3 miles]
1. Take I-5 North from Portland, across the Columbia River and through Vancouver.
Take the Battle Ground exit.
2. Turn right and travel east on 219th, which becomes Main St. in Battle Ground.
3. Turn right at SE Grace Ave (southbound).
4. Turn left at SE Rasmussen and cross the railroad tracks into Battle Ground Village.
5. Turn right on SE 14th and drive past the library at the corner of 14th and SE 8th Way.
6. Turn right on SE 9th, then right again into the library parking lot.

Cascade Park Community Library
(C-Tran Route #80)
(360) 256-7782
600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver WA 98684
Open Tu W Th 9-8; F Sat 9-6
Teresa Torres, Community Librarian
New building opened December 2009.
Conference attendees are invited to set up a time to tour this beautiful new facility by contacting Lori Chance (lchance@fvrl.org or 360-699-8803) at the district office in advance. The Cascade Park library is adjacent to a popular community center, features an automated materials handling system, and is ten times larger that the previous library that served East Vancouver.
Directions [driving distance from Oregon Convention Center is 16.6 miles]
1. Take I-5 North from Portland, across the Columbia River.
2. Take the first exit after the bridge, to Hwy. 14.
3. Go eastbound on Hwy. 14 to I-205 Northbound (to Seattle).
4. Travel north on I-205 to the Mill Plain Blvd. exit.
5. Turn right on Mill Plain Blvd.
6. Turn left on 136th Ave.
7. Go north on 136th Ave. to the library on the left (shares the site with Firstenburg Community Center).

Three Creeks Community Library
(C-Tran Route #9)
(360) 571-9696
800-C NE Tenney Road, Vancouver WA 98685
Open Tu W Th 10-8; F Sat 10-6
Mike Jansen, Community Librarian
D.I.Y. tours only.
Directions [driving distance from Oregon Convention Center is 14.8 miles]
1. Take I-5 North.
2. Take Exit #7 (134th St).
3. Take a left at light.
4. Travel west on Tenney Rd. to the Fred Meyer main parking lot entrance.
5. Turn right into parking lot.
6. Library is located to your left, in the northwest corner next to Riverview Community Bank.

Vancouver Community Library (main library)
(C-Tran Routes # 25, 32, 37, 39)
(360) 695-1566
1007 E Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver WA 98663
Open M Tu W Th 9-8; F Sat 10-6
Karin Ford, Community Librarian
This library will move in 2011 to a much-larger new facility now under construction five blocks away.
D.I.Y. tours only.
Directions [driving distance from Oregon Convention Center is 9.4 miles]
1. Take I-5 North from Portland into Vancouver.
2. Take Exit #1C to Mill Plain Blvd. and turn right.
3. Go eastbound one block to the intersection of Mill Plain and Ft. Vancouver Way.
4. The library is on the southeast corner of the intersection.
5. Parking is available on both the west and east side of the building.
6. The library is located on the upper level; district offices are in the basement. Vancouver Community

Vancouver Mall Community Library
(C-Tran Routes # 4, 7, 32, 44, 72, 78, 80)
(360) 892-8256
8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 285, Vancouver WA 98662
Open M Tu W 10-9; Th F Sat 10-6; Sun 12-6
Barbra Meisenheimer, Community Librarian
D.I.Y. tours only.
Directions [driving distance from Oregon Convention Center is 13.2 miles]
1. Take I-5 North from Portland, across the Columbia River.
2. Take the 39th St/WA-500 E. exit- Exit 2- toward Orchards (0.1 miles)
3. Merge onto WA-500 East (3.5 miles)
4. Take the NE Thurston Way exit toward Westfield Shoppingtown (0.3 miles)
5. Keep left at the fork to go on NE Thurston Way (0.1 miles)
6. Turn right onto NE Parkway Drive (0.1 miles)
7. Turn right onto NE Vancouver Mall Drive (0.2 miles)
8. The library is on the upper level, between the food court and JC Penney

Contact svanlaanen@fvrl.org for more information about the Fort Vancouver Regional Library.

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There are 1 Comments to "Interested in Checking Out Portland Area Libraries during PLA 2010?"

  • chuck says:

    Went to the hillsdale library last week, it was really nice to just lounge around in a library. It’s been a long time roaming thru the books. Nice list.

 

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