The Popular Library

Like many librarians, I like to visit exotic libraries when I am travelling to different cities. I am in Portland, Oregon for Memorial Day weekend and happy to report that the Central location of the Multnomah County Library is right around the corner from my hotel.

This library is a stately old structure, well kept, and fittingly restored. The layout incorporates modern elements like the ubiquitous computer terminals in an unobtrusive fashion.

The flow of the library is brilliant. My favorite part was the room to the left of the entrance lobby called the Popular Library. This room housed the reference desk, fiction, myteries, large print, sci fi, DVD’s and holds. Everything a patron would want is all in one lovely and intuitively named spot.

The best part was that the library was hopping on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Interestingly enough, so was Powell’s Books. I guess books and libraries are not dead yet…




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