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Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209
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.
The Green and Blue Rooms are getting a new look and feel!
On Monday, January 13, we began construction on the southeast portion of our flagship store. The project will take approximately six months to complete, and we'll be revealing the new space this summer. We can't wait to show it off!
Visiting the store during the remodel:
Store hours: The store will continue normal operations throughout the project.
Store entrance: The Green Room entrance on 10th and Burnside will be closed during the remodel. Please use the Orange Room entrance on NW 11th and Couch.
Finding your way around: All the sections that previously resided in the Blue and Green Rooms have found new homes for the duration of the construction. With so many sections on the move, there are changes in virtually every room of the store. View the temporary store map (PDF).
For more information about the exciting things in store for the City of Books, click here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about Powell's City of Books:
Store Map (PDF) • Directions to Powell's City of Books • World Cup Coffee & Tea at Powell's City of Books • The Rare Book Room
Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.
The Intern's Handbook
Lightning fast with dark humor, this book will grab your attention and keep you up at night. Professional assassin John Lago has written The Intern's Handbook for novice assassins who join highly successful firms as innocuous interns so that they can get close to their targets. "You'll go to interesting places. You'll meet unique and stimulating people from all walks of life. And kill them."
Recommended by Tom L. April 11, 2014
The Adventures of Beekle
When, on the island of imaginary friends, Beekle gets tired of waiting to be imagined by a real child, he sets off to do the unimaginable — find her, himself. With sweeping illustrations, Beekle is a sweet tale of adventure and imagination.
Recommended by Naomi April 11, 2014
Thanks for the Feedback
Another gem from the authors of Difficult Conversations, this great read is for professionals and anyone looking to improve their relationships through better communication. If you've ever wondered in frustration, Why did they say that?, then this is the book for you.
Recommended by Aubrey April 10, 2014
Lewis yet again pens an investigative and insightful story of money and finance, proving once more his skill at capturing what defines our era.
Recommended by Ted April 7, 2014
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
The brutally epic finish to this visceral trilogy shimmers with momentary beauties. Hosts of angels reveal themselves to Earth, as rebel chimaera band together with Misbegotten in a final stand against the war tearing their world apart. All the while, our swoony (but damaged!) protagonists struggle to reconcile their love, lives, and destinies.
Recommended by The Dot April 4, 2014
From the author of Mink River, a jaunty, modernist take on the seafaring yarn, complete with a grizzled boat captain, resident gull, and prose that sparkles and leaps like the ocean waves it travels.
Recommended by Rhianna W. April 4, 2014
An original and subtle tale by a debut author, this is the story of Katherine, Tom, and Edmund, three unlikely heroes who stand forth to battle an ancient evil threatening everyone's lives. Entertainingly told with many unique features, The Nethergrim reads like a classic.
Recommended by Richard C. April 4, 2014
Living with a Wild God
Ehrenreich's latest is a bit of a departure from her political and sociological work, but her voice is as engaging and passionate as ever. An intensely personal yet rigorously thoughtful examination of mystical experience, Living with a Wild God is a unique and fascinating look at the inexplicable.
Recommended by Tessa April 4, 2014
The Here and Now
Prenna James has a secret. She's from the future, part of a group that traveled back in time to escape a deadly plague. When Prenna falls in love with Ethan, her carefully constructed life quickly unravels into a gripping adventure.
Recommended by Mary Jo April 4, 2014
The Empathy Exams
Leslie Jamison is a marvel. The essays that make up this collection are wise, uncomfortable, beautiful, humane, and utterly absorbing. They demand an investigation of the reader's own heart. I can't think of another book I've recommended to so many people so fiercely. I'm already happy to declare it the best nonfiction book of 2014.
Recommended by Jill Owens April 4, 2014
Citizen Canine is a very readable account of our fur-babies, a passionate ode to pets as well as a dispassionate historical view of animals in our human world. It's not just about dogs, but cats and all the other nonhumans we've invited into our homes.
Recommended by Tracey T. April 4, 2014
Love Dishonor Marry Die Cherish Perish
A novel told in verse? This type of thing usually makes me want to claw my eyes out. I'm a serious skeptic: Is this a gimmick? Pretentious? A plea for attention? Normally, I'd say yes, but Rakoff is amazingly magical here. The story of several folks who are loosely connected, these short pieces have the feeling of pulling back a curtain in order to sneak a peek into someone else's (sometimes intensely) private moments.
The verse form itself requires an unyielding, unforgiving adherence to language, structure, and syntax, which Rakoff skates through with remarkable insight (and a sly nod to Jerome Kern here and there!). It is both hilarious and heartbreaking, and unbelievably — to this curmudgeon — this tiny book is perfection.
Recommended by Dianah April 3, 2014