Due to COVID 19, these tours have been cancelled, please visit virtually by checking out the websites for the these libraries.
Portland is full of wonderful libraries, archives, and bookstores, and we hope that you find time to visit these special places and collections virtually to get a feel for our community. Please consult the organization’s website for any updates since we compiled this list as many libraries have changed their hours and services.
- The category “Ready to Receive” reflects those who responded to our call with specific information for MLA visitors. These are grouped by type of library.
- “Also Nearby” are other institutions that welcome visitors.
- “Regrets for Now” notes those libraries that were under renovation this summer, but may be of interest in the future.
- Our list ends with “Taking Books Home,” highlighting a few of Portland’s many bookstores, almost all of whom will ship to you!
All entries include the address and the distance from the Hilton conference hotel as well as the hours. Additionally, the meeting app and MLANET will have a Google Map that includes a layer for libraries, archives, and bookstores which allows you to choose directions by car, by public transit, or by foot. If you are using GPS software, look at the directions before leaving the hotel as sometimes the buildings and other factors can interfere with the signal.
Ready to Receive
Health Sciences Libraries
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Library, 75 NW Couch St. (503) 253-3443
Distance from the Hilton: 0.8 mile
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7:45 – 7; Fri: 7:45 – 6; Sat: 11-3; Sun: Closed. ext.132.
Advance notice is required to visit; please contact Candise Branum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OCOM Library's Wai Tak Cheung Collection is one of the finest collections of Chinese-language acupuncture and herbal medicine books in the United States.
National University of Natural Medicine Library, 049 SW Porter St. (503) 552-1555.
Distance from the Hilton: 1.6 miles.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7-7; Fri: 7-6; Sat: 9-5; Sun: Closed.
Advance notice is preferred; please contact Noelle Stello, email@example.com, but can accommodate walk-ins. Enter the academic building through the doors off the west parking lot.
Oregon Health & Science University Library, 3280 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. (503) 494-3460.
Distance from the Hilton: 2.1 miles.
To reach via transit from downtown, take the Trimet 8 bus.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8-6; Sat-Sun: Closed.
History of Medicine room by appointment only, Monday-Friday 8-5.
Providence Portland Medical Center - Jill Lematta Learning Center, 4805 NE Glisan St, 1st Floor North Tower. (503) 215-6075.
Distance from the Hilton: 5.2 miles
Hours: Mon-Fri; 9-4, Sat-Sun: Closed.
Advance notice is preferred,but walk-ins can be accommodated. Because all of the librarians will be attending MLA, please contact Heather Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if you would like a tour.
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center - Health Sciences Library, 9205 SW Barnes Rd. (503) 216-2257.
Distance from the Hilton: 6.0 miles
Hours: Mon-Fri; 8-4, Sat-Sun: Closed.
Advance notice is preferred, but walk-ins can be accommodated. Because all of the librarians will be attending MLA, please contact Heather Martin, email@example.com in advance if you would like a tour.
Academic and Public Libraries
Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave. (503) 988-5123
Distance from the Hilton: 0.2 mile
Hours: Mon: 10-8; Tues-Wed: 12-8; Thurs-Sat: 10-6; Sun: 10-5.
John Wilson Special Collections (JWSC) Hours: Mon: noon-3 by appt., 3:30-7; Tues: noon-2 by appt., 2:30-5:30; Wed: 10-5 by appt; Thurs: 10-2, 2-5 by appt; Fri: 10-1 by appt.; 1:30-5; Sat-Sun: Closed.Individuals or groups of 2-3 can visit during regular hours after registering. For appointments, tours, or more info, contact Jim Carmin, (503) 819-3537; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland State University Library, 1875 SW Park Ave. (503) 725-4126
Distance from the Hilton: 0.7 mile
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7:30-midnight; Fri: 7:30-7; Sat: 10-7; Sun: 10-midnight.
Open to the public, no notice needed. Tours should be scheduled in advance; please contact Tammy Klupar, email@example.com.
For information on current exhibits or scheduling a visit to PSU Library's Special Collections, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://library.pdx.edu/research/special-collections-university-archives/. PSU also has an independent bookstore at 1715 SW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97201.
Portland Community College Library - Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St. (971) 722-5322.
Distance from the Hilton: 3.8 miles. Directions https://www.pcc.edu/about/locations/map/?2#ca
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7:30-9; Fri; 7:30-5; Sat: 8:30-3; Sun: 12-5.
Prefer advance notice for tours, but can accommodate walk-ins. PCC has an accessible building features maps at https://www.pcc.edu/disability-services/map/#ca-lb-1.
Please take note of the Evelyn Crowell Center for African American Community History in the library commons.
Reed College Library, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. (503) 777-7702
Distance from the Hilton: 5.2 miles
Hours: Thurs-Tues: 1-4. Open to the public, no notice needed.
Special Collections and Archives is accessible by elevator; enjoy three displays on view that feature items from Special Collections and Archives. For tours on the 14th, 15th, and 19th, contact Maria Cunningham at email@example.com.
Reed Library is known for its zine collection. There is also an independent college bookstore.
Portland Community College Library - Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. (971) 722-5322
Distance from the Hilton: 7.4 miles
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7:30-9; Fri: 7:30-5; Sat: 8:30-3; Sun: 12-5.
Prefer advance notice, but can accommodate walk-ins. PCC has an accessible building feature maps at https://www.pcc.edu/disability-services/map/#sy-lib-1
Archives and Museums
City of Portland Archives and Records Management, 1800 SW 6th Ave #550. (503) 865-4100
Distance from the Hilton: 0.6 mile.
Hours: Mon-Tues: 9-1; Wed-Thurs: 12-4; Fri: 9-1; Sat-Sun: Closed.
Research room is open to the public. Tours require an appointment and tours of the Research Room are not allowed while researchers are present. An exhibit on women in Portland, in recognition of the anniversary of the 19th amendment, can be viewed in part outside of the front door. The other half is inside of the door but not in the Research Room. Contact Diana Banning at Diana.Banning@portlandoregon.gov
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 NW Davis St. (503) 226.3600
Distance from the Hilton: 0.5 mile
Archives hours: Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri: 10-2, Sat-Sun: closed,. For the archives which are not open to the public, advance notice is required for tours of up to 15 at a time. Contact Alisha Babbstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum hours: Tues-Thurs: 11-5; Fri: 11-4; Sat-Sun: Noon-5. The main gallery exhibit will be Southern Rites.
Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave. (503) 222-1741
Distance from the Hilton: 0.3 mile
Archives hours: Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri: 10-2; Sat-Sun: closed
Museum hours: Tues-Sat: 11-5; Sun:1-5. Collections include the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Oregon Indian Country and the Oregon Wine collections, as well as a collection regarding the Japanese in Oregon.
Note: The Oregon Historical Society Library will be closed for renovation. The Museum shop/bookstore will be open.
Distance from the Hilton: 0.9 mile
Hours: Mon-Thurs; 8:30-7, Fri: 8:30-5, Sat: 11:30-5. Sun: Closed.
Across the street from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, see creative spaces, furniture and technology at this library supporting learners in architecture, product design, business, and public policy.
Regrets for Now
The following libraries are not able to welcome visitors during the MLA Annual Meeting due to renovations or space issues: Linfield University Nursing Library, Oregon Historical Society Library, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (soon to be the Japanese American Museum of Oregon), and the University of Western States Library.
Taking Books Home
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St. (503) 228-4651 or toll-free (800) 878-7323
Distance from the Hilton: 0.5 mile.
An entire city block of books. They will package and ship your purchased books home for the cost of shipping.
Kinokuniya, 829 SW 9th Ave. (503)-206-8331
Distance from the Hilton: 0.2 mile (Close to the central public library)
Specializes in Japanese language and translated materials.
Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St., (503) 236-2665
Distance from the Hilton: 1.4 miles.
Specializes in used, rare, and vintage books, spoken-word vinyl, and Not Going on the Internet.
Microcosm Publishing, 2752 N Williams Ave. (503) 799-2698
Distance from the Hilton: 2.1 miles.
Independent book and zine publisher specializing in DIY, gender, self-care, and social justice.
Daedalus Books, 2074 NW Flanders St., (503) 274-7742.
Distance from the Hilton: 1.1 miles
A smaller bookstore that specializes in philosophy, art, music, & literature books
Chaparral Books, 1975 SW 1st Ave L, (503) 887-0823
Distance from the Hilton: 1.1 miles.
Specializes in fine and rare books, but also have many inexpensive used books
A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., (503) 284-8294
Distance from the Hilton: 3.7 miles.
Specializes in Children’s books, music, and toys. Takes pride in helping you find just the right book for the child in your life and includes parenting and teaching resources