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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. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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


  4. Uncaged

    When 16-year-old Shay's brother goes missing, she and her social activist friends must take on an evil corporation based in Eugene, Oregon, in order to save him. The first of a new series, Uncaged is a wild ride with its fearless characters and heart-stopping plot twists.

    Recommended by Xander July 3, 2014


  5. My Pet Book

    A book never has fleas or chews on the furniture. It never, ever poops. In fact, for one boy in Smartytown, a book seems like the perfect pet! With its bright, wacky illustrations, My Pet Book is about the best pet book you could ever have.

    Recommended by Naomi July 3, 2014


  6. Landline

    If we could call into the past and speak to earlier loves, would we beg them to let us go or egg them on in their long-ago pursuit of our affections? Rowell's tale of a marriage in crisis is woven with this particular bit of magic, which forces us to reimagine our personal narratives and reconsider our previous selves.

    Recommended by The Dot July 3, 2014


  7. California

    This book proves definitively that when Sherman Alexie and Stephen Colbert tell you to read a book, you should probably go ahead and do it. Edan Lepucki creates a world full of morally ambiguous characters who force you to examine the systems of security and trust that we create for ourselves. A disturbingly believable post-apocalyptic novel, California exposes just how vulnerable the bonds of blood, marriage, and friendship can be.

    Recommended by Lizzy July 3, 2014


  8. The Story of the Human Body

    An epic journey through our biological history and the forces that have shaped the evolving human body over millions of years, this is science writing at its finest.

    Recommended by Ted June 27, 2014


  9. Preserving by the Pint

    For any would-be-canner who is short on space or time, Preserving by the Pint is exactly what you've been dreaming of. This book teaches you how to create delicious preserves without committing to an entire pantry full of any one thing. The pictures are gorgeous and so inspiring that I'm already planning my summer preserving schedule!

    Recommended by Lizzy June 27, 2014


  10. My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

    Bobby's teacher is a monster! I mean, just look at her! So, what happens when he finds her in his favorite spot in the park? Keep your eye on Peter Brown's hilarious and subtly morphing illustrations in this lovely book about friendship and the way we see each other.

    Recommended by Gigi Little June 27, 2014


  11. Going Somewhere

    Going Somewhere is an adventure, a love story, and an utterly addictive read. Benson's tale of crossing the country by bike with his girlfriend might make you think twice about making the same journey, but you won't be able to tear yourself away from this sharp-eyed, hilarious memoir.

    Recommended by Josephine June 27, 2014


  12. Conversion

    Suspenseful and enjoyably creepy, Conversion tells the story of a private high school engaged in modern-day Salem witch trials. Colleen's friends are suddenly falling ill, and no one quite understands why.

    Recommended by Mary Jo June 27, 2014


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