Updated Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

Cooling spaces will be available today, including a Cooling Center in Old Town open from 2 to 10 p.m. and some libraries open noon to 8 p.m.

Multnomah County and the City of Portland on Wednesday, Aug. 17, will offer additional cooling resources, including a daytime cooling center and cooling spaces at libraries across the community, for respite from what the National Weather Service is forecasting as another short bout of extreme heat.

Check our interactive map of library branches, pools, community centers and splash pads, and make a plan to cool off during hot summer afternoons. Please note: Central Library is closed for scheduled renovations.

Libraries available

Libraries across Multnomah County are open as cool spaces during their regular hours. Staff will also be handing out bottled water. For the most up-to-date list of library locations and hours, go to multcolib.org/hours-and-locations. (Central Library downtown will remain closed due to a renovation project that began Aug. 1.)

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Thursday, Aug. 18, all locations will be open during their regular hours, 10 to 6 p.m., but with five locations open noon to 8 p.m.: 

Daytime cooling center

Because Central Library remains under construction and unavailable as a daytime cooling space, a cooling center will open in Old Town on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 10 p.m. The cooling center is pet-friendly and will provide food, water, cooling items and places to rest. Anyone who needs a free ride to a cool space can dial 2-1-1.

And the Lloyd Center will extend its hours until 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to serve as an additional site where people can come inside and cool off.

COVID-19 is still spreading in our community. To limit the spread of the virus, staff and guests will be asked to wear masks in the cooling center. Staff will work to accommodate guests who might need assistance with wearing a mask. Masks are available on site.

Bookmark these links

  • National Weather Service: Check the forecast and plan outdoor activities for the coolest times of day.
  • 2-1-1info: Dial 2-1-1 to find a cool space nearest you and to learn about transportation options.
  • Public Alerts: Sign up to receive health and safety alerts in your area.
  • Heat Risk Map: The National Weather Service forecasts heat risk for vulnerable populations.
  • Clackamas County: Find cool spaces in Clackamas County