Multnomah County Library

Our library is one of the most important cultural and educational resources in our region. With the fourth-highest circulation of any library in the U.S., Multnomah County Library reaches more than 21,000 people every day — in-person and online.

 

Multnomah County Library is considered a national leader among libraries, known for creating innovative solutions to emerging community needs. Equity and inclusion is a system-wide priority. The library's website can be fully accessed in five languages, and library staff speak a number of languages. Last year, early literacy programs offered books, virtual storytimes, and parent education in 20 languages and cultures. More than 500 virtual and in-person storytimes were offered in seven languages and cultures, engaging more than 30,000 children and parents.

Multnomah County Library reaches out to individuals and families in every part of our community. Over half of county residents have an active library card. More than 45,000 books and materials are checked out or renewed every day. And for those who cannot travel to the library, the library comes to them. Last year thousands of seniors and homebound adults received book deliveries from the library.

Our library is also the largest provider of free high-speed internet in the state of Oregon, hosting more than 2.1 million WiFi sessions last year. Library staff offer technology assistance at each location, helping job seekers, students, and seniors find the answers they need.

Parents who do not speak English fluently often worry about reading with their children. Early literacy specialists at Multnomah County Library encourage families to read together in whatever language is most comfortable.
Multnomah County Library offers early literacy programs and materials in 20 languages, helping children and families see themselves in the books they read.
Four brothers read and play together at Hillsdale Library.