Central Library tours, trainings and group visits

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What we offer

During your Central Library tour or group visit, we can provide:

  • Stories, booktalks and scavenger hunts for preschoolers through eighth graders
  • A tour of the building highlighting resources appropriate for fourth through eighth graders
  • Viewing of the eco-roof from windows overlooking the roof
  • An overview of resources in a subject area
  • Research support to those working on independent projects
  • A brief presentation about library materials and services
  • Self-guided tour information
  • Library card registration
  • A guided tour that features the library's history and the building's art and architecture, including the eco-roof. Groups are limited to 10 or fewer and registration is required.

We appreciate advance notice of groups coming to use the library, even if you don’t need any special services.

Guidelines for all groups

  • We require at least two weeks advance notice to a tour or presentation. We cannot schedule your visit more than three months in advance.
  • The minimum group size is six people.
  • For Internet access, you must have a library card or a guest pass. ID is required to get a guest pass.
  • Eco-roof viewings from windows overlooking the roof are limited to a maximum of 12 people and advance registration is required.
  • If you teach in a K-12 school within Multnomah County, you may schedule a presentation from School Corps librarians.

Guidelines for preschool through eighth-grade groups

  • We can provide storytimes and tours only on week days, during the library's open hours. We cannot provide storytimes or tours during evening hours.
  • Classes wishing to hear booktalks must schedule at least three weeks in advance.
  • We can accommodate up to 35 people.

Guidelines for high school

  • Please contact us to schedule a training on library resources in the subject you're interested in.
  • We can provide trainings only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • We can accommodate up to 40 people.

Guidelines for adult groups

  • Library staff can provide a tour of Central Library's art, architecture and history for your adult group.
  • Librarians can provide a "tour" of specific library resources on a variety of subjects for your college class or adult learners. Please let us know what subjects your group is interested in researching when you complete the form. "Tours" can take place in the Computer Lab, the US Bank Room, or in one of Central's reading rooms.
  • We can accommodate groups of up to 40 people, although the Computer Lab is limited to 12.

Library cards

  • Valid library cards are required to check out materials and access the Internet.
  • If you are bringing more than six people for library cards, you must apply in advance.
  • Please return all your applications to Central Library at least a week before your visit.
  • Get a card.

Lunch and storage space

Central Library’s U.S. Bank Room is available free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit Public Meeting Rooms or call 503.988.5234.

The library does not have a space to store lunches, bags or coats.

Parking

Central Library is on SW 10th Ave. between SW Yamhill and Taylor streets.

The library does not have a parking garage and does not validate parking. There are several parking garages near the library. MAX stops are close by on SW Morrison and Yamhill streets, street car stops are on SW 10th and SW 11th avenues between SW Taylor and Yamhill streets, and TriMet bus stops are a few blocks away. For more information on public transportation, go to www.trimet.org.

Scheduling

Please fill out our Tour and Group Visit Registration Form to register online, or pick up the form at the Central Library Welcome Desk or in the Children’s Library. If you need additional information, call 503.988.5234.

Sign up for eco-roof tours.

If you wish to visit another neighborhood library in Multnomah County, please call that library directly.