Portland Public Library is located
in downtown Portland, just down the street from Powell's. The Central library is located at 801 SW 10th Ave.
I work in a public library in the suburbs of Kansas City.
I was very impressed with Portland's main because
of the architecture and the collection.
The building is enormous. I was told that it
was recently rennovated. Portland's collection
is located on three different floors. The first
floor has the check-out desk, children's area and
gift shop. Yes, the library has its own gift shop.
The library sells all kinds of things, from
reading glasses to bookmarks. I bought two postcards
at the bookstore and filled them out at Powell's.
I learned that Beverly Cleary lived in Portland
for a time. Beverly Clearly wrote lots of childrens
books like 'Henry Huggins' and 'Ramona Quimby, age 8'.
She donated money to the Portland library to help with
the children's section. A learning tree stands outside
the wing commemorating her donation.
The second and third floors of the main branch have the
adult collection including reference materials.
The architecture is wonderful, from crystal chandeliers
to inscribed black marble stairs. It's decorated in a
traditional colonial style. Step in for awhile,
fill your mind and enjoy the great surroundings.