Powell's Books, Inc.

Powell's City of Books

1005 W Burnside St (at NW 10th Ave.), Portland, OR 97209
Open until 11:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–11:00 PM
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Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world.


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  • "Largest independent bookstore in the world! Aisles and aisles of books and fun..." (3 tips)
  • "My favorite book store. Used, new, all in one stack. Where else..." (9 tips)
  • "... spend hours getting lost and roaming the shelves of this huge..." (13 tips)
  • IFC

    Portland: It claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the world. With over 4 million used and new books, you're sure to find that Slash autobiography you've been looking for! -IFC Staff

    IFC · July 6, 2010
  • Team Coco

    "Powell’s City of Books is the largest independent bookstore in the US. Actually, it's not so impressive when you realize there are only 4 bookstores left in the US." - Conan O'Brien

    Team Coco · November 11, 2011
  • PDX P.

    They have an app!

    PDX P. · June 26, 2011
  • Beth M.

    City of books, indeed! Best part - the used are filed right alongside the new.

    Beth M. · March 20, 2009
  • Richard L.

    Read. Think. Discuss. Grow. Now read some more.

    Richard L. · November 11, 2010
  • Brian M.

    This is a must if you are visiting Portland for the first time.

    Brian M. · April 10, 2010
  • Howard K.

    Head to the top floor to check out the Rare Book Room & Art Gallery to the left.

    Howard K. · August 22, 2009
  • Jesse M.

    Grab a coffee and a window seat and just try to read your book while the city walks by.

    Jesse M. · February 28, 2010
  • Doreen C.

    Portland classic.

    Doreen C. · August 22, 2011
  • TravelOregon

    Chef Leather Storrs from Noble Rot in Portland says, "Grab 'All That the Rain Promises,' an indispensible field guide for mushrooming."

    TravelOregon · August 12, 2010
  • Jason G.

    Take your out of town guests here, but if your a true geek head two blocks down to Powell's Technical Books.

    Jason G. · February 1, 2010
  • Vonetta G.

    this is truly my favorite book store in the country

    Vonetta G. · May 18, 2010
  • Aysia W.

    Extensive used book selection

    Aysia W. · January 29, 2010
  • Carson S.

    Blue Room. Read more

    Carson S. · January 6, 2010
  • Tom H.

    Trade-in old books for credit and find something new to read. Read more

    Tom H. · April 23, 2010
  • Shannon H.

    Like Ikea for books, luckily they have color-coded maps throughout the multiple levels in their store!

    Shannon H. · December 18, 2009
  • Gary V.

    Buy my books when u are here :)

    Gary V. · December 3, 2013
  • Noland H.

    Stop by The World Cup Coffee Room on the first floor. Enjoy organic tea and house-roasted coffee while you peruse books from Powell’s vast shelves. Read more

    Noland H. · May 5, 2010
  • Portlandia

    It claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the world. With over 4 million used and new books, you're sure to find that Slash autobiography you've been looking for!

    Portlandia · July 26, 2011
  • Dylan P.

    Check out the rare book room. It is a hike but worth the exercise.

    Dylan P. · April 18, 2010
  • Tawfiq M.

    getchyo bookz dawg. s^ portland.

    Tawfiq M. · April 17, 2010
  • Annie L.

    free 2 hours parking now at the old Doc Martens Store lot!

    Annie L. · April 11, 2010
  • Warren B.

    Read a book that you don't have to plug in to charge

    Warren B. · August 25, 2012
  • The Mac Store

    A great place to take out of town guests. You can't beat their sci-fi section!

    The Mac Store · June 24, 2011
  • Soma H.

    Don't go unless you plan on buying something. The temptation is just too much.

    Soma H. · August 21, 2010
  • Erik G.

    Be sure to bring a disinterested friend that is willing to drag you out of this place before you buy 30 books.

    Erik G. · April 13, 2013
  • Amy G.

    Immense downtown bookstore that puts New York City's Strand to shame. Follow the signs or end up lost for hours. Lovely mix of new and used; mass-market and small press. Great coffee shop too.

    Amy G. · December 5, 2012
  • Zachary ∞.

    Catch your breath.

    Zachary ∞. · January 18, 2011
  • Kate R.

    Make out with your girlfriend.

    Kate R. · June 20, 2010
  • Bryan C.

    I want to live in this building.

    Bryan C. · February 2, 2013
  • Luis C.

    It is so relaxing to sit at a coffee shop with a few books to browse and some coffee. Worth taking time out for!

    Luis C. · September 17, 2011
  • AMACOM Books

    Find business books on the ground fl. Orange Room, Aisles 531-534. We’re impressed with the selection of business writing, green business, and non-profit books. So many books on grant-writing!

    AMACOM Books · September 14, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The Latin inscription on the “Pillar of Books” at the NW 11th and Couch St entrance is translated as “Buy the book, read the book, enjoy the book, sell the book.”

    K12 Inc · August 9, 2011
  • Powell's Books

    We're open Christmas Day (10am - 6pm) for all your last minute shopping, or to just get away from all holiday hubub. Hope to see you there. Season's Readings! Read more

    Powell's Books · December 24, 2010
  • Eric T.

    Powell's is the West Coast's largest bookstore and has a great selection of current titles and old favorites. Check out this Pearl District location in downtown Portland and snap up some great reads. Read more

    Eric T. · December 13, 2010
  • Matthew S.

    One of the best places to find unique first editions.

    Matthew S. · November 20, 2009
  • Cleo M.

    closest place to heaven you're ever going to get

    Cleo M. · August 14, 2013
  • Genna T.

    I'm sorry, did you mean heaven? Could spend my life here.

    Genna T. · July 11, 2013
  • Robert I.

    Ez to navigate...good prices!

    Robert I. · June 25, 2013
  • Xtine.

    Try the books.

    Xtine. · April 24, 2013
  • Curtis C.

    Check out the Rare Books Room upstairs. It's like a museum where you can actually touch some of the exhibits!

    Curtis C. · September 13, 2012
  • Cheree R.

    Get a map of the store at the info booth :0)

    Cheree R. · October 23, 2011
  • christie g.

    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. The map of the store is very useful and definitely check out the art/rare books section.

    christie g. · October 16, 2011
  • Adrianne S.

    it's a world of books! all kinds... Read more

    Adrianne S. · September 27, 2011
  • Danny N.

    Great for books!

    Danny N. · July 3, 2011
  • Cheryl T.

    Look for autographed copies of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family in food writing! (Aisle 530)

    Cheryl T. · June 18, 2011
  • Ted R.

    A must for anyone who doesn't get the same pleasure from the digital format of today's reading!

    Ted R. · April 20, 2011
  • Miranda H.

    Don't forget to explore the Pearl room there is a lot of hidden treasures there.

    Miranda H. · March 11, 2011
  • Kate R.

    Miss your girlfriend.

    Kate R. · February 23, 2011
  • Praweena W.

    You can buy book here ! It's the best

    Praweena W. · January 15, 2011

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