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Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is one of the most important cultural and educational resources in our region. With the second highest circulation of any library in the U.S., our library reaches more people in our county than any other public or private cultural or educational service. More than one-fifth of Oregon’s population is served by our library. With a history that dates back to the Civil War, our library has been a national leader for more than a century. 

A few facts that demonstrate Multnomah County Library’s leadership. Our library:

  • Is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi.
  • Ranks number one in circulation among U.S. libraries serving fewer than 1 million people.
  • Is visited in person by nearly 15,000 patrons every day.
  • Receives 19,000 visits online each day.
  • Checked out or renewed 21.9 million items last year.
  • Reached more than 300,000 babies, preschoolers, children and adults with reading and learning programs last year.
  • Broke records with the library’s Summer Reading program 110,000 children participated in 2012 and 2013 and nearly 700 people volunteered.
  • Offers programs in five languages—English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese.

Multnomah County Library supports all of our community’s endeavors from the arts to a thriving economy, from education to public affairs, from science to cultural engagement.