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If you're not sure where to begin your research, you've come to the right place. Check these library resources, staff-selected websites and local event listings to find high-quality information.

Read about the Library's collections for music, architecture, writing, and visual arts. These pages highlight new books and reading lists, and ideas for using the Library's online resources with your Multnomah County Library card.

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Improve your skills for finding accurate and current information. Discover new ways to use library resources. Build on your learning strategies and increase your information literacy. Learn how to learn.

Welcome to the home of all things book and reading.

Looking for your next great read? Browse our Staff picks,...

Whether you are starting a new business, expanding the one you have, or trying to stay on top of trends and opportunities, we have business resources to help. Dig into our extensive business resources and check out our blog posts about the best ones found in the library and online.

Some of our favorite programs, books, services and more for those who are new to computers, need to develop technology skills or want to read about the latest scientific developments.  

Go beyond the headlines. Dig deeper into what's happening around the world and closer to home.

Want to build a house?  Make microbrews?  Be part of the maker faire movement?  Are you the DIY type who knits sweaters and weaves wool?  Explore crafty ideas and projects including sewing, beading and needlework, projects for the home, and other handmade items.

Get help eating local, start your own food cart, make the most of your garden plot, or just find something easy to make for dinner. Let's eat!

Databases, vital records and histories to help with family and local history.

Government resources include information about careers, education, elections, demographics, the law and so much more. Lost in Uncle Sam’s maze? Let the library guide you.

The web is brimming with health information, but how do you know if it's reliable, current and relevant to your specific needs?  We have selected resources in this section to help you find information from well-respected sources, with an emphasis on those from our local community.   In this...

"Help! I can't use Wikipedia!" The resources listed below come from trusted sources that you and your teachers can cite with confidence. All you need to access these resources from school or home is a Multnomah County library card number and password/PIN (usually the last four digits of...

Your path to citizenship can begin at Multnomah County Library. Join us in a two-hour weekly class that runs for six weeks. This course will help you understand what it takes to become a citizen and develop the skills that will help you prepare for your...

Unemployed? Considering a career change? Need help with your resume? These books, tools, programs and websites will help you get started.

Looking for work? Start here.

Learn a new language, or brush up on one you learned before. 

The library has many great resources to help adults and children learn to read and understand English.

A variety of resources from the library and the wider community that are for and about our local people, places and things.

Money is complicated. From budgets, to debt, to buying a home or paying for college, there are endless questions to answer and choices to make. The library is here to help you find effective, unbiased information to take care of your money and personal finances.                                ...