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Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209 United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.52306687976776, -122.68125772476196 The Espresso Book Machine® Visit the Purple Room in the City of Books to publish your own book or print hard-to-find titles, all in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee. Learn more. [hr size="10"] Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, and occupying an entire city block, the City stocks more than a million new and used books. Nine color coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles. Each month, the Basil Hallward Gallery (located upstairs in the Pearl Room) hosts a new art exhibit, as well as dozens of author events featuring acclaimed writers, artists, and thinkers such as Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Chabon, Annie Leibovitz, and President Jimmy Carter. The City's Rare Book Room gathers autographed first editions and other collectible volumes for readers in search of a one-of-a-kind treasure. And the City's newest addition (October 2010) is Powell's Books Bldg. 2, a relocation of Powell's Technical Books, brings mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering, construction, and transportation sections closer to visitors at the flagship store. Bldg. 2 is located across the street from the City of Books on the corner of NW 10th and Couch. Every day at our buyers' counter in the Orange Room we purchase thousands of used books from the public. Powell's purchases special collections, libraries, and bookstore inventories as well. A few facts about the City of Books: • 68,000 square feet packed with books. • We buy 3,000 used books over the counter every day. • Approximately 3,000 people walk in and buy something every day. • Another 3,000 people just browse and drink coffee. • We stock 122 major subject areas and more than 3,500 subsections. • You'll find more than 1,000,000 volumes on our shelves. • Approximately 80,000 book lovers browse the City's shelves every day in Portland and via the Internet. So is our mother ship the world's largest bookstore? Heck, it may be bigger than your whole town. The Washington Post called Powell's "perhaps the best bookstore in the world." You can also browse our store map online in .PDF format. (Please note: All the sections that previously resided in the Blue and Green Rooms have found new homes for the duration of our remodel project. With so many sections on the move, there are changes in virtually every room of the store. To view the temporary store map, click here.) If you've already placed an order for a book via our website and would like to check on its status, please email the internet office at help@powells.com. More about Powell's City of Books: Store Map (PDF)Directions to Powell's City of BooksWorld Cup Coffee & Tea at Powell's City of BooksThe Rare Book Room

map and directions

Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Sell Us Your Books:
Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Rare Book Room:
Daily: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Bldg. 2 hours:
Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Powell's Books Bldg. 2
40 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209 United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.523427687852305, -122.68149375915527 Powell's Technical Books is now Powell's Books Bldg. 2, on the corner of 10th and Couch, across the street from Powell's City of Books. The new space brings our mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering, construction, and transportation sections closer to our flagship store.

map and directions

Daily : 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.


Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005 United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.49436771181202, -122.81029343605042 Powell's Books has served Beaverton, Oregon, with a west-side location since 1984. In November 2006, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing opened, confirming the company's commitment to Beaverton customers. The new store location with 32,500 square feet is more than double the space of the previous Cascade Plaza location and rivals the City of Books in downtown Portland. (Okay, we may be pushing it with that statement since the Burnside location is over 68,000 square feet of retail space!) With over half a million used, new, rare, and hard-to-find titles, it's very easy to get lost in the aisles of Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. "I think we take the best elements of all the Powell's stores and roll them into one," says store manager Paul Smailes. "We have the big store feel of the City of Books, a very large technical book selection to serve our neighbors like Tektronix, Intel, and Nike, along with the largest children's book section of any book store on the West Coast." An expanded author events space and upgraded amenities bring more best-selling authors and children's events to Cedar Hills Crossing. Each month the store hosts authors such as Mirielle Guiliano, Erik Larson, Nick Bantok, and Christopher Kimball. The funky atmosphere of a Powell's Bookstore and a knowledgeable book-loving staff complete this biblio paradise in Portland's western suburbs. The entirety of the Cedar Hills Crossing mall is Wi-Fi enabled, so you can connect your laptop to the wireless network from anywhere in our store.

map and directions

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sell Us Your Books:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214 United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.51214382316533, -122.62604981660843 From appropriately funky beginnings in a slightly funky neighborhood, Powell's on Hawthorne has grown into the largest used and new bookstore on Portland's east side. Located in a vibrant, diverse, and highly desirable neighborhood, Powell's on Hawthorne now covers more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and offers more than 200,000 used and new books. The atmosphere is relaxed, but the store is big enough to warrant a map. Not as extensive as the labyrinth at the City of Books, Powell's on Hawthorne is divided into just three rooms, each named for a neighborhood landmark: Madison, Hawthorne, and Tabor. The latter is named for Mt. Tabor, the world's only extinct volcano residing within city limits. Powell's on Hawthorne hosts lively and interesting author readings several times each week in its Tabor Room. Adjacent to the reading space, readers congregate in The Fresh Pot, an inviting corner of the store serving delicious homemade pastries and other sweet delights, along with some of the best coffee in a town that really knows its coffee. Judy Jewell says, "My favorite thing about working at the Hawthorne store is the lively feeling of community I get from my co-workers and customers. I think next best is the great used books we see here. You just never know what's going to turn up or who's going to turn up to buy it. Like the other day, we got in this copy of Huber the Tuber, a book about tuberculosis. We thought it was goofy and charming so we put it in the front window. That same afternoon, a customer snatched it up, saying it was her first book. Her father had been a lung doctor, and the book had come out when she was a toddler. She was way thrilled and we were all pretty tickled about it." --

map and directions

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sell Us Your Books:
Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Powell's Books for Home and Garden
3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214 United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.51236185397973, -122.62664794921875 Whether it's instructions for home and garden projects, inspiration for decorating and remodeling, or books on cooking and entertaining, Powell's Books for Home and Garden carries the latest to help enhance your nest. In addition to ideas to transform your space, we stock a wide range of books on crafts like knitting, jewelry making, and woodworking, as well as information on the latest approach to landscape design and gardening. Here you'll also find a unique selection of items from around the world: cooking utensils, tablecloths, garden tools and accessories, antique prints, quality dishware, and more. Plus, Powell's Books for Home and Garden is only two doors down from Powell's on Hawthorne, a quintessential general bookstore and hangout. About the Neighborhood The Hawthorne District lies across the Willamette River from downtown and is home to funky shops, restaurants, coffee houses, and pubs. Of Portland's neighborhoods, Hawthorne is "the bohemian." It reflects an urban niche where alternative is considered mainstream, and tie-dyes aren't a thing of the past. Here a hint of patchouli drifts from stores; a flower vendor brightens the sidewalk scenery; "art car" sightings are commonplace (cars decorated hood to trunk with treasures ranging from high-heeled shoes to bowling trophies); and trendsetters shop in hip used-clothing boutiques. On any given evening, live music spills from the open doors of pubs, bibliophiles linger at Powell's, and sidewalk tables host many a brew enthusiast. Brews, that is, as in beer and coffee.

map and directions

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sell Us Your Books:
Sell your books just down the street at Powell's on Hawthorne.


Powell's Books at PDX
7000 NE Airport Way, Suite 2250
Portland, OR 97218 United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.588996160486325, -122.59589910507202 Powell's currently has one location at the Portland International Airport, in the Oregon Market. Powell's Books at PDX offers an eclectic mix of the latest bestsellers, popular fiction and non-fiction, choice used books, games, toys and a wide range of gifts. Travelers usually don't expect to find a used bookstore in an airport, but book loving wanderers have made Powell's Books PDX a primary destination since 1988. We're not a magazine stand that carries a few books: we're a full-service bookstore offering all the amenities and services found at other Powell's locations. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff offers quick, on-the-mark recommendations for long flights, all-day business trips, vacation reading, journeys involving long hours with restless children, or any other combinations of factors involving your travel plans. Even Powell's airport locations buy used books. Sellers can drop off books to sell at any of the three airport locations. Here, these buying transactions require one or two days. After the books are assessed our buyer notifies the seller so that they can return to pick up either the books or their used book payout. PDX is voted the seventh best airport in the world for airport shopping! Read the story at the Huffington Post

map and directions

Oregon Market location:
Daily: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Hours subject to change without notice.


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Events Calendar (view our upcoming events as a list)


Click to highlight events @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Bagdad Theater, Mercy Corps Action Center, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Powell's Books on Hawthorne, Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Powell's Technical Books, The Haseltine Building.

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Bagdad Theater
Bagdad Theater
work(503) 236-9234 http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=9&id=176
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland OR United States of America
45.51997;-122.684519 - 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Highlight events @ Bagdad Theater
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
work(503) 248-4335 http://www.pcpa.com/events/asch.php
1037 SW Broadway Portland OR United States of America
Highlight events @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Powell's City of Books on Burnside
work(800) 878-7323 http://www.powells.com/info/places/burnsideinfo.html
1005 W Burnside Portland OR United States of America
45.522977;-122.681794 - 1005 W Burnside Highlight events @ Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Mercy Corps Action Center
Mercy Corps Action Center
work http://www.actioncenter.org/
28 SW First Ave Portland or United States of America
Highlight events @ Mercy Corps Action Center
Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Powell's Books on Hawthorne
work(800) 878-7323 http://www.powells.com/info/places/hawthorneinfo.html
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland OR United States of America
45.513114;-122.625039 - 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Highlight events @ Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Powell's Technical Books
Powell's Technical Books
work(800) 878-7323 http://www.powells.com/info/places/technicalinfo.html
33 NW Park Avenue Portland OR United States of America
45.524315;-122.67909 - 33 NW Park Avenue Highlight events @ Powell's Technical Books
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
work(800) 878-7323 http://www.powells.com/info/places/beavertoninfo.html
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton OR United States of America
45.457783;-122.784233 - 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Highlight events @ Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
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