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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.
Wildmen, Wobblies and Whistle Punks
The great Stewart Holbrook was a storytelling titan and remains one of the most important writers in Pacific Northwest history. Wildmen, Wobblies and Whistle Punks is a career-spanning collection of over two dozen pieces set mostly in Holbrook's beloved Oregon. Comfortable writing about nearly anything, his true tales often dealt with the fantastic, the forgotten, and the forlorn. Replete with a dizzying and rugged array of sensational characters including railroad moguls, anarchists, murderers, tavern owners, lumberjacks, communists, robber barons, prophets, cattle kings, outlaws, and prostitutes, this collection will intrigue anyone with even the remotest interest in the Pacific Northwest or neglected American history.
Recommended by Blake March 10, 2014
Fugitives and Refugees
Not your typical hotel-gift-shop guidebook, Fugitives and Refugees makes no pretense at objectivity. This is a decidedly idiosyncratic and personal book. Palahniuk's Portland is eccentric, dysfunctional, and perverse. If you're new to Palahniuk's work, this book may win you over.
Recommended by Farley March 10, 2014
Published in 1960 when Don Berry was 27, Trask is often mentioned in the same breath as Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion as the finest Oregon novel ever written. Set along the northern Oregon coast range in the late 1840s, Trask was inspired by the life of settler, mountain man, and fur trapper Elbridge Trask (for whom both a river and a mountain are named here in the Beaver State). Trask is more than mere historical fiction, however; it is also an insightful and exceptionally well-crafted novel that captures the great uncertainty and promise the settlers undoubtedly knew all too well.
Recommended by Philip March 10, 2014
The Lathe of Heaven
The Northwest's very own SFWA Grand Master writes a philosophical novel set in Portland, Oregon. George Orr goes to sleep and awakes in the world of his dreams — still Portland, but... different. Now anytime he goes to sleep, the world is capable of shifting, and no one seems to notice. What is the true world? How does one bear such a gigantic responsibility? Big-idea sci-fi at its finest.
Recommended by Kaila March 10, 2014
Of Walking in Rain
Of Walking in Rain is the latest literary output from the one-man stone Oregon publishing empire that is Matt Love. His devotion to and celebration of all things Beaver State is often infectious (and perhaps ought to be classified as a contagion). His newest work, a stylistic torrent, is a paean to Oregon's "most famous cultural asset" — rain. As he's wont to do in nearly all of his books, Love, amidst the deluge of rain-related reflections, recollections, and rants, offers a veritable flood of opinions on politicians, education and teaching, football, and sex, incorporating no shortage of literary and lyrical allusions to his favorite singers, songs, and scribes (especially Ken Kesey).
Recommended by Conde March 10, 2014
The River Why
What can you say? This book is loved by so many readers for a reason. It does what all great fiction does: it gets in your bones and rattles the cage a bit. It also displays some of the most beautiful writing I've encountered about the art of fly fishing, giving even A River Runs through It a run for its money (though The River Why is much funnier).
Recommended by Beverly March 10, 2014
Hard Rain Falling
One of the greatest novels published in the '60s, it's a shame this gritty, heartbreaking story about a teenaged orphan set loose on the streets of Portland is so little known. Time does have a way of sorting the wheat from the chaff, though. Here's betting Mr. Carpenter's masterpiece will outlast the vast majority of its more popular peers.
Recommended by Martin March 10, 2014
The Jump-Off Creek
Set in the brutal Oregon high country in the 1890s, The Jump-Off Creek tells the story of the widow Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in an unforgiving land. Gloss did her research, drawing on pioneer journals and hand-me-down stories, and she writes with a quiet restraint that respects the characters and their vast surroundings. Anyone interested in what life was actually like for Oregon's pioneers will love this book. It's the real deal.
Recommended by Abby March 10, 2014
Trout Fishing in America
In this slim little cult classic, published in 1967, Brautigan takes us on a wild ride all over the Pacific Northwest (and on down to San Francisco). Overflowing with energy, humor, and insight, Trout Fishing in America is a pastiche of stories and fragmented reflections. If you haven't read this book, pick it up now; this is indeed required reading for anyone with an open mind and a love for literature.
Recommended by Tate March 10, 2014
Sparky the sloth can play dead! He can also do countless other tricks! Like play dead! And sleep! With lovely, quirky illustrations, Sparky! is a sweet, quiet, funny story about coming to love someone even when they don’t turn out to be who you expected.
Recommended by Gigi Little March 10, 2014
Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms #1)
Jam-packed with action and suspense — not to mention flying castles and a monster made of stolen magic — the first installment of Mull's new Five Kingdoms series will keep readers captivated as they follow the adventures of sixth-grader Cole, who must rescue his friends from a fantastical land.
Recommended by Xander March 10, 2014
Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1)
Nathan has always known that White witches are civilized and good, like his dead mother. Black witches? Murderous and evil, like his father. With two warring sides within him, Nathan finds himself imprisoned, tortured, and on the run in a darkly brutal world of magic, questioning everything he thought he knew.
Recommended by The Dot March 10, 2014