Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St. between 10th and 11th Ave.
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.
Building 2's books are getting a new home
In an effort to bring our full offerings closer to shoppers, beginning on October 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., the books in Building 2 will be relocated to the City of Books' main building. Please let us know if we can help you find anything during the transition.
Green and Blue are back!
On August 1, 2014, after six months of construction on the southeast portion of our store, we unveiled our remodeled Green and Blue Rooms and new front entrance. Get a peek at the changes, and then come explore the new space for yourself!
About Powell's City of Books:
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.
Visit The Espresso Book Machine® in the Purple Room to publish your own book or print hard-to-find titles, all in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee.
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.
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 store facts:
• 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 email@example.com.
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.
South of the Border, West of the Sun
Following the coming-of-age of Hajime, a lonely only child, into his young adulthood, marriage, and adult life, South of the Border, West of the Sun is a melancholy tale of a life of longing. Exploring love, attraction, sexuality, and happiness, Murakami's brilliant novel visits a marriage on the knife-edge of disaster. The tension, the indecision, and the longing are so palpable, you ache for each and every character. As the marital knots are painfully untangled, you can only wonder at Murakami's genius for capturing the ruin of a life, and laying it down on paper. Wonderful!
Recommended by Dianah January 19, 2015
In this tender and amusing story, Bethany, who is half-fictional, is looking for her fictional father by entering books. Meanwhile, Owen wishes to star in a book series. They form a reluctant friendship and encounter characters from books who are never quite sure who they are.
Recommended by Richard C. January 16, 2015
How to Fly a Horse
Drawing on countless examples of innovators and inventors, Ashton reminds us by example that creativity depends on hard work and perseverance, with a splash or two of genius topping off the mix. You might not reinvent the wheel after reading this, but you will be energized and inspired to exercise your creative muscles.
Recommended by Mary Jo January 16, 2015
Firefight (The Reckoners #2)
You'll lose yourself in this riveting post-apocalyptic series in which the villains all have superpowers and the rebels committed to fight them are a motley crew of humans. If you haven't read Sanderson's Steelheart, DO IT — so you can dive into Firefight.
Recommended by Xander January 16, 2015
The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency # 1)
A delightfully clever start of a new mystery series, The Case of the Missing Moonstone brings together a young Ada Lovelace (the world's first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein author) as they form a detective agency and become unlikely friends. The book combines humor and tenderness with a sprinkling of historical facts, making for a promising series beginning.
Recommended by Richard C. January 16, 2015
Somewhere between the edge of sleep and wakefulness, After Dark resides. Told in one evening, with chapters indicated by time-stamps, Murakami's tale of both somnambulists and insomniacs is still, stark, and seductive. With a bonus delicious, "thriller-ish" story thread, After Dark is a little slice of Murakami heaven.
Recommended by Dianah January 15, 2015
In this follow-up to his compelling memoir The Other Wes Moore, Moore continues his story as a new Rhodes Scholar through the next 10 years of his life. Broken down into chapters of "lessons," The Work is an inspiration, encouraging service to others as a way to find meaning.
Recommended by Genevieve A. January 13, 2015
A Wonderful Year
In his new book, Nick Bruel takes us through all four seasons of one particular (funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes nutso) year. A Wonderful Year is packed full of deadpan wackiness, unexpected turns, and, of course, a purple hippo named Louise.
Recommended by Naomi January 13, 2015
The Terrible Two
From the hilarious minds of longtime friends Mac Barnett and Jory John comes this epic tale of Miles Murphy and Niles Sparks, two schoolmates who live in Yawnee Valley, a town that prides itself on its knowledge of cows. Yes... cows. With great illustrations by Kevin Cornell, this engaging, uproarious prankster vs. prankster battle royale makes The Terrible Two perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.
Recommended by Kim T. January 13, 2015
The Sixth Extinction
Kolbert considers the rapacious effects of humanity's unmitigated conquest of our planet and its biota — and the harrowing legacy our actions (and inactions) have ultimately wrought. Forgoing an alarmist approach in favor of a measured, well-reasoned style, Kolbert's shrewd reporting is both vital and engrossing.
Recommended by Jeremy January 13, 2015
A Short Guide to a Long Life
Should you take vitamins? Is caffeine good or bad for you? How often should you exercise? If you're tired of trying to make sense of contradictory studies and new health fads, this quick, refreshingly direct read will give you sound guidance for a longer, healthier life.
Recommended by Abby January 13, 2015
The Last American Vampire
Fans of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will want to follow the further adventures of vampire Henry Sturges as he navigates his way through the centuries. Tag along as Henry meets almost every pivotal individual in history: Teddy Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Bram Stoker, and my personal favorite, Tesla, to name just a handful. Fun and smart — another vampire gem from Grahame-Smith.
Recommended by Corie January 13, 2015