Oct 24, 2023
Escape the Winter Chill at Library Portland, Offering Warmth, Amusement, and More

Library Portland is a Great Place to Stay Warm and Amused in the Winter

A great library can have a lot of things going on at once. One of those is a large children’s area with a bunch of fun and interactive spaces.

A temporary Multnomah County Library location opened Monday at the University of Oregon’s Northeast Portland campus. It will have a smaller collection but will offer hold pickups, 24/7 book return and computer stations.


From its inception, library portland has been a resource for the community. Our collections reflect the history of this region, including archival materials that tell its story.

In 1864, just 13 years after Portland became a city, a group of businessmen established the Library Association of Portland and leased space on the second floor of Benjamin Stark’s building at First and Stark Streets. The Association charged an initiation fee of $5 and quarterly dues.

By 1902, the Library Association was growing rapidly and the leased space was becoming too small. Mary Frances Isom, librarian and director of the library from 1902 to 1920, turned to steel king Andrew Carnegie for funds and the ‘Carnegie Formula’ was born. The result was a new Central Library in downtown Portland, which opened in 1913.


The library provides access to a wide variety of resources and offers several different services. These include a makerspace, study rooms, and a computer lab. In addition, the library also loans a number of adaptive technology devices such as voice recorders, ergonomic supports, and amplification systems.

Founded in 1864, the Library Association of Portland (LAP) was one of the first cultural institutions in the city. In 1900, pioneer merchant John Wilson donated his collection to the LAP under the condition that it be free and open to all citizens.

The Library serves Multnomah County residents through the Downtown Library, three neighborhood branches, a collections Annex, and mobile library services including a Bookmobile. For more information, visit the Portland Public Library website. The Central Library is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in 2023/2024.


The Library’s collections are designed to meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of all members of the community. Library staff carefully considers all material before adding it to the collection, including books, videos, DVDs and other materials.

The John Wilson Special Collections Room is home to six core collections: book arts and the history of the book; children’s literature; natural history, including a complete set of photographer Edward Curtis’ The North American Indian (1907-1930); Pacific Northwest history; and literature with particular strengths in Charles Dickens and D.H. Lawrence.

The collection also includes musical instruments like keyboards, steel drums and ukuleles and other fun gear such as a board game parachute and a slackline kit. Many items in the Library of Things can be checked out, though most are held for a week and cannot leave the building.


The library has a variety of events for everyone. For example, you can join a genealogy club to learn about your family history or participate in a book discussion. The Page Turners Book Club meets Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. In addition, there are a variety of activities for children and teens. You can find more information on the Community Calendar.

Some of the events require registration. You can register online or by calling the library. The library also holds special programs for seniors. These events are very popular. They include a program on the Jewish heritage, a celebration of Dia de Muertos, and a tea time for adults. These events are very fun and educational.


Portland’s love of books and local coffee is a year-round affair, but when winter weather hits, these two pleasures become an essential part of keeping warm and amused indoors. Luckily, the city’s libraries have plenty of cafes to keep you well-fed and engrossed.

Opportunity Cafe, in the Tigard Library, is an entrepreneur incubator providing critical ingredients like space and advice to help an aspiring business succeed. Founded in 2023, the program aims to increase economic mobility by helping new entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.

Clean white walls contrast with dark, seasoned wood in minimalist North Portland’s Albina Press. Grab a latte or full French press from the baristas and sink into a comfortable chair. The menu is rich and robust, with dishes like dry-aged ribeye and fried pheasant breast alongside oysters and cheese boards.

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