Powell's Books, Inc.

Powell's City of Books

1005 W Burnside St (at NW 10th Ave.), Portland, OR 97209, United States
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  • 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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  • 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 Pipeline · June 26, 2011
  • Beth M.

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

    Beth Moon · March 20, 2009
  • Richard L.

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

    Richard Lidzbarski · November 11, 2010
  • Brian M.

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

    Brian Medved · April 10, 2010
  • Howard K.

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

    Howard Kang · 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 McCulloch · February 28, 2010
  • Doreen C.

    Portland classic.

    Doreen Cadd · 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 Goldberg · February 1, 2010
  • Gary V.

    Buy my books when u are here :)

    Gary Vaynerchuk · December 3, 2013
  • Aysia W.

    Extensive used book selection

    Aysia Wright · January 29, 2010
  • Vonetta G.

    this is truly my favorite book store in the country

    Vonetta Greene · May 18, 2010
  • Carson S.

    Blue Room. Read more

    Carson Smith · January 6, 2010
  • Tom H.

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

    Tom Hanrahan · April 23, 2010
  • Shannon H.

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

    Shannon Hutchinson · December 18, 2009
  • 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
  • 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 Hoshino · May 5, 2010
  • Dylan P.

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

    Dylan Parkins · April 18, 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 Tigre · December 13, 2010
  • Tawfiq M.

    getchyo bookz dawg. s^ portland.

    Tawfiq Mardini · April 17, 2010
  • Annie W.

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

    Annie Weller · April 11, 2010
  • Warren B.

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

    Warren Bobrow · August 25, 2012
  • 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
  • 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 Honkanen · August 21, 2010
  • Travel + Leisure

    A bibliophile’s mecca, this 68,000-square-foot bookstore is filled with new and used titles and hosts frequent author readings. In the rare-book room, you’ll find two 1814 volumes by Lewis and Clark.

    Travel + Leisure · June 5, 2014
  • PDXHappyHour G.

    The best place to buy the Happy Hour Guidebook!

    PDXHappyHour Guidebook · December 26, 2013
  • 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 Granlund · April 13, 2013
  • Bryan C.

    I want to live in this building.

    Bryan Clark · February 2, 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 Graff · December 5, 2012
  • Zachary ∞.

    Catch your breath.

    Zachary ∞ vanBuuren · January 18, 2011
  • Eric M.

    Easily could spend all day and more here; but fantastic place to browse any and all subjects. Don't forget to look up for extra copies of books.

    Eric Moden · June 18, 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 Chen · September 13, 2012
  • 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 Cisneros · September 17, 2011
  • Miranda H.

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

    Miranda Hartrampf · March 11, 2011
  • Lee Z.

    Picking up a book for a kid? Skip the Children's section and walk across the street to Powell's Books: Store 2. Grab a fun, age-appropriate science or math book instead of that cutesy fluff book.

    Lee Z. · January 30, 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
  • Matthew S.

    One of the best places to find unique first editions.

    Matthew Schmidt · November 20, 2009
  • Alex R.

    The pearl room is the best, if you can find it.

    Alex Reed · September 29, 2013
  • Cleo M.

    closest place to heaven you're ever going to get

    Cleo Mullison · August 14, 2013
  • Duncan H.

    Phenomenal shop. Amazing selection of books and perfect for gifts.

    Duncan Howsley · August 2, 2013
  • Genna D.

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

    Genna Dacanay · July 11, 2013
  • Robert I.

    Ez to navigate...good prices!

    Robert Ichikawa · June 25, 2013
  • Xtine.

    Try the books.

    Xtine. · April 24, 2013
  • Cheree R.

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

    Cheree Ramon · 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 germans · October 16, 2011
  • Adrianne S.

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

    Adrianne Sandoval · September 27, 2011

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