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Location and Hours

The Library is temporarily closed to in-person visits 
but we will be reopening sometime in 2022.

GFO Library (within the Ford Building)
2505 S.E. 11th Ave., Suite B-18
Portland, OR 97202-1061 
— We’re in the basement!

GFO Phone: 503-963-1932

Use a Google map to get directions.

Ford Building

Parking Lots
All parking lots around the building are pay to park.  Reef Parking now manages the lots behind the GFO Library (Ford Building Lot #369) and on 10th Street across from the GFO Library (Ford Building Lot #368). 

Reef Parking no longer accepts cash or credit card onsite, you must pay for parking via the Reef Parking mobile app.  It is recommended you download the Reef Parking app and supply a payment method prior to your visit to the GFO.  Rates start at $1.50 for both lots nearest the GFO.

The Reef Parking app can be obtained from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Street Parking
Street parking directly adjacent to the building has various restrictions, so be sure to read the signs! Most side streets south and west of our location also have time restrictions. Many of these streets have Zone G parking. An all-day pass for these spaces may be purchased at the reception desk for $1. Side streets east of S.E. 11th and north of Division (including S.E. 12th) have few if any restrictions. Parking can typically be found there within three to four blocks of the GFO.

Zone parking permit tags may be used through the end of the calendar year 2021.  The permit tags will eventually be phased out in favor of a digital program implemented by the City of Portland.

Disabled Parking
The lot behind the Ford building has one designated ADA spot. It has a two-hour limit and is also pay to park. Portland has specific rules addressing parking on the street. They are copied below.

  • Time Zone Parking Privileges in Portland: No Time Limit at over 30 minutes. Observe the time limit in zones 30 minutes or less.
  • Parking Prohibited: Disabled person plates or permits do not allow parking privileges except as described above. Disabled person plates or permits do not extend time limits in areas designated for special use and do not allow vehicle storage over 24 hours on the public right-of-way.

Limitations - Parking privileges for all types of disabled person parking permits do not apply to a zone where:

  • Parking is permitted for only 30 minutes or less.
  • Stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles is prohibited.
  • Late evening or overnight parking is prohibited.
  • Parking is reserved for special types of vehicles or activities.