christmas eve: 10am-6pm
christmas day: closed
new year's eve: 10am-6pm
new year’s day: 10am-9pm
The Rare Book Room is open fri, sat, sun only: 10am – 5pm
The used book buying counters are now open. Used book buying hours are fri, sat, sun only: 10am – 5pm. Before visiting us in-store, please read about how the program has changed.
Free store pickup is available inside our Couch St. and 11th Ave. entrance.
All ten rooms at Powell’s City of Books have reopened to the public:Green, Blue, Orange, Rose, Purple, Red, Gold, Pearl, Coffee, and the Rare Book Room (see limited weekend hours, above). You will have access to the inventory housed in the nine rooms of the store, including literature, children's and young adult, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, romance, graphic novels, history, politics, religion, heath and wellness, philosophy, fine arts, crafts, science, entertainment, cooking, gardening, new arrivals, bestsellers, used books, small press, and gift items.
Guilder Cafe is now open at Powell's City of Books. The cafe will be open daily from 10am – 8pm.
Powell's City of Books meets the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)'s standards for accessibility. We are happy to provide additional support while shopping, if desired. There are also two ADA parking spaces on 11th and Couch, just outside the Orange Room entrance.
About Powell's City of Books
Powell’s City of Books is the largest used and new bookstore in the world, occupying an entire city block and housing approximately one million books. Located in downtown Portland’s Pearl District, the City of Books has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles. Dozens of acclaimed writers, artists, and thinkers visit each month to read in the Basil Hallward Gallery (located upstairs in the Pearl Room), and a one-of-a-kind Rare Book Room draws bibliophiles from near and far to browse an impressive collection of autographed first editions and other collectible volumes.
Arriving by car:
There are several good parking options located near Powell’s City of Books.
Brewery Blocks Parking
8am – 7pm, Mon.-Sat.
1pm – 7pm, Sun.
Free other times
Entrances located on NW 13th Ave. and NW 12th Ave., between NW Couch and Davis
Mon-Fri Daily: $18 max
Weekends: $8 per day
Located at SW 10th Ave. and Yamhill
Hourly: $1.80/hour up to four hours
Daily: $14 max
Weekends: $5 max
Arriving by bike:
Bike racks are located on the north and east sides of the store.
Arriving by public transportation:
Visit trimet.org to plan your trip using the TriMet Trip Planner.
If taking the Red or Blue lines, the closest stop is located at SW 10th Ave.
If taking the Green, Yellow, or Orange lines, the closest stop is located at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland.
Via Portland Streetcar
The Portland Streetcar stops at NW 11th and NW 10th and Couch.
Via TriMet Bus
The #20 bus stops in front of the store at W Burnside and NW 10th Ave.
"The Happiest Place on Earth: An Afternoon at Powell's Books" (Book Riot)
"The Best Bookstores in the World" (Second-Half Travels)
"12 of the Biggest Bookshops in the World for When You Want to Lose Yourself in Literature" (Bustle)
"The Life and Tomes of Michael Powell" (University of Chicago Magazine)