Parents' Guide to Multnomah County Library

Can't get your baby to sleep? Need a good audio book for a family trip? Wondering just what is going on with your teenager's brain? We can help you!

The public library is your partner in supporting your children’s reading needs. Library staff can answer your children’s questions, suggest great books they will love to read, and open up new worlds through cultural and recreational programming.

Don’t know where to start? We can help!

Stop by any Multnomah County library and ask to meet your youth librarian. You can also call, email, text or chat. Get all the details at multcolib.org/contact.

Multnomah County libraries have:

  • space for children and teens with the right library materials for their ages
  • great activities including summer reading, storytimes, book groups, crafts, performances and more
  • an interactive website, multcolib.org, where kids can find things to do, chat with a live tutor, discover books to read, download e-books and other media, and investigate homework resources
  • opportunities for teens to gain valuable volunteer experience and mentoring
  • resources for parents — just ask us

Multnomah County Library and your family

The library has thousands of items families want, but it also has materials that are not selected for children or teens. We serve a diverse community and our books and media reflect that.

Parents and guardians are responsible for deciding what’s right for their children and teenagers. We encourage parents to help their children and teenagers select library resources in keeping with their values.

Children 12 and under have filtered access to the Internet. Teens age 13–17 have a choice of filtered or unfiltered access. You can change your child’s filtering option. Computers in children’s areas have filtered access only.

The library respects the privacy of all library users, no matter their age. You may access your child’s library account information, including the number or titles of materials checked out or overdue, if you have the library card or card number.

How to stay fine free

  • Keep library card numbers and passwords at hand so you can easily access account information.
  • Receive hold and overdue notices by email or text.
  • Keep library items in one place at your home, so they are easy to find.
  • Review accounts weekly to keep track of your due dates and renew your materials.

Check us out!

  • Come see us as often as possible. Visit online or in person.
  • Allow your kids to explore the library.
  • Meet your youth librarian. We want to help you!
  • Follow your child’s reading interests. It’s incredible where they will take both of you.
  • There is a book for every reader. Explore all kinds of fiction and nonfiction.
  • Be a role model for library use. Nothing teaches children better than seeing you use and enjoy the library.
  • Tell us what you want. If the library doesn’t own it, we may be able to find something similar, borrow from another library or purchase it.
  • Tell us what you think. Share with us how we can best serve your family.