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Powell's City of Books

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  2. Powell's City of Books
    1005 W Burnside St.
    Portland, OR 97209 (map/directions) United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.52306687976776, -122.68125772476196 [img src="http://www.powells.com/images/clearpixel.gif" height="10"] [img src="http://www.powells.com/images/remodel-2014.gif" width="300"] 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. [hr size="10"] 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


    Phone
    503-228-4651

    Hours
    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 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


 

Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.

  1. Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan

    Join Roan Novachez in his second year at Jedi Academy. Roan's adventures in pilot training, food fights, poetry tests, and general middle-school awkwardness make for a fun summer read that's hilarious and engaging. An addictive mix of comics and text from the great Jedi mind of Jeffrey Brown.

    Recommended by Kim T. July 29, 2014


  2. Oliver and the Seawigs

    Ten-year-old Oliver Crisp encounters a shy Rambling Isle, a myopic mermaid, and a talking albatross in search of his parents in this gorgeously illustrated adventure. Will Oliver rescue Mr. and Mrs. Crisp? Or will he be engulfed by the Sarcastic Sea? A hilarious read-aloud for the whole family!

    Recommended by Kim T. July 29, 2014


  3. This Is the Water

    Page-turning suspense Yannick Murphy style — always inventive, with gorgeous prose, surprising perspectives, and captivating characters. This Is the Water is a most unusual mystery.

    Recommended by Tessa July 24, 2014


  4. How the Light Gets In

    The Inspector Gamache mystery series is intelligent and addictive — and you don't need to start at the beginning to get in on it. How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny's ninth Gamache novel, is a tour de force of mystery, including subtle and complex characters, beautiful prose, and surprising plot twists.

    Recommended by Tessa July 24, 2014


  5. Lucky Us

    Amy Bloom's hypnotic and gorgeous new novel displays her trademarks — remarkable narrative skill and richly drawn, evocative characters. Iris and Eva, half-sisters creating a family in World War II-era America, will draw you in and not let go. Perfect summer reading.

    Recommended by Tessa July 24, 2014


  6. Lunch Poems

    Most days, I carry a copy of Lunch Poems with me on my bus ride to work. It has been an icebreaker, a talisman, a security blanket, and much more. This 50th anniversary edition is a great opportunity to revisit one of the most celebrated poetry collections of the 20th century, or to discover it for the first time. It also includes 14 pages of illuminating correspondence between O'Hara and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as well as a preface by John Ashbery. And it's finally in hardcover, so it'll last even longer!

    Recommended by Adam P. July 24, 2014


  7. The Queen of the Tearling

    For 19 years, Kelsea has lived in the forest, watched over by an older couple. But the time has come for her to be crowned as the realm's queen. Kelsea must learn how to rule her kingdom and find people she can trust to guide her.

    Recommended by Mary Jo July 13, 2014


  8. The Outsorcerer's Apprentice

    Chock-full of Holt's trademark hilarity and hijinks, The Outsorcerer's Apprentice has overlords, underlings, and an unsuspecting young hero who might just change everything, including reality itself.

    Recommended by Mary Jo July 13, 2014


  9. The Other Side

    In this exceptional literary memoir, Johnson paints a candid self-portrait of a life bearing the weight of a horrendous event — getting kidnapped, bound, and raped by an ex-boyfriend. This is a story that insists on being told, and it is conveyed with incredible grace.

    Recommended by Renee P. July 13, 2014


  10. Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

    Far from the Tree is a document of such profound empathy that most readers will be stunned. Solomon navigates the barriers between parents and children with amazing emotional dexterity and an unmatched skill with words. There is not one person in this world who should not read this book.

    Recommended by Keith M. July 9, 2014


  11. Landline

    This is A Christmas Carol meets Rainbow Rowell. If you had a telephone that could call your spouse in the past, what would you say? Funny, a tiny bit tragic, and full of Rowell's usual magic and quirk, this is her best book so far.

    Recommended by Erin D. July 7, 2014


  12. Unruly Places

    Unruly Places is The Chronicles of Narnia for grown-ups, made real. Sorted into chapters like "Dead Cities" and "No Man's Lands," which are further divided into vignettes about specific locations (complete with the global coordinates!), Bonnett takes the reader on lively expeditions into both natural and man-made spaces, far flung and domestic.

    Recommended by Rhianna Walton July 3, 2014


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Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.