The public library works with you to support your children’s reading needs. Library staff can answer your children’s questions, suggest great books they will love, and open up new worlds through events at the library.
Don’t know where to start? Talk to us!
Stop by any Multnomah County library and meet your youth librarian. You can also contact us by phone, email or chat.
Multnomah County libraries have:
- No late fines for children, teens, or on any youth materials.
- Space for children and teens with the right library materials for their ages.
- Activities including summer reading, storytimes, book groups, crafts, performances and more.
- A website where kids can find books and media, things to do and homework help.
- Opportunities for teens to get volunteer experience.
- Resources for parents — just ask us!
Multnomah County Library and your family
Some library items are not suitable for children and teens. Parents and guardians are responsible for deciding what is right for their children. Please help your children choose library items that fit your values.
Computers in children’s areas have filtered internet searching. Children 12 and under have filtered internet searching. Teens age 13-17 can choose filtered or unfiltered. You can change your child’s filtering option.
The library respects the privacy of all library users, no matter their age. You will need your child’s library card or card number to get information such as a list of checked out titles or overdue items.
How to keep track of library items
- Keep library card numbers and passwords handy.
- Get hold and overdue notices by email or text.
- Keep library items in one place at your home, so they are easy to find.
- Check due dates each week so you can return or renew on time.
Check us out!
- Come see us as often as possible — online or in person.
- Let your kids explore the library.
- Meet your youth librarian.
- Follow your child’s reading interests.
It is amazing 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.
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 it from another library, or purchase it.
- Tell us what you think.
Share with us how we can best serve your family.