Powell's Books, Inc.

Powell's City of Books

Bookstore and Art Gallery
1005 W Burnside St (at NW 10th Ave.), Portland, OR 97209, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–11:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world.


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    Easton F.
    Make sure to find your way to the geek section near the coffee shop!(17 Tips)
    Liz P.
    Great for browsing, especially in fields where you are a newbie.(12 Tips)
    Strong free wifi signal in the coffee shop.(5 Tips)
    Tiffany M.
    Check out the Rare Books room in the Pearl Room, 3rd floor.(9 Tips)
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  • Kim D.

    Books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books on books

    Kim De Guzman · 2 hours ago
  • Dave S.

    This place is basically an amazing museum dedicated to literature!

    Dave Schumaker · 5 hours ago
  • Audrie W.

    Good books, good prices, good people. What more do I have to say?

    Audrie Weston · 20 hours ago
  • Meredith M.

    I did not give myself enough time to spend here. Loved the atmosphere, the books, the games, and the merchandise! And of you look long enough, you can find some great deals.

    Meredith Maimoni · 4 days ago
  • Ece G.

    You can find all kinds of books

    Ece Güngör · 5 days ago
  • Leigar C.

    Spare time? Come here.

    Leigar Cíanad · 6 days ago
  • Mai G.

    It is a book UNIVERSE. Indescribable unless you've actually wandered through.

    Mai Guss · 6 days ago
  • Vinmania

    Amazing selection. Children's section is the best I've seen in any bookstore.

    Vinmania · 2 weeks ago
  • Mariana G.

    La mejor librería del mundo. Toma tiempo recorrerla, vale mucho la pena.

    Mariana García · 3 weeks ago
  • Khesa P.

    This place is awesome. The best bookstore I've ever been to.

    Khesa Pinkard · 3 weeks ago
  • Sean S.

    Instead of trying to park above Powell's, just park in the Brewery Blocks parking lot. So much easier to get in or out.

    Sean Staley · April 26
  • K Madi E.

    Free wifi. Best selection of books. I get lost in here for hours. In a good way.

    K Madi Erion · April 15
  • Daniel K.

    Lots of books, bring money

    Daniel Klotz · April 11
  • Chelsea E.

    This place was amazing. I don't think I've ever seen this many books in any place other than a library!

    Chelsea Enoch · March 31
  • Valerie H.

    Whatever you could possibly want ....new and used. best bookstore ... great people work here. helpful but not annoying.. coffee shop is great.take books in and read. don't necessarily have to buy them

    Valerie Huffman · March 24
  • Frank T.

    Rare book collection is so peaceful.

    Frank Thetank · March 18
  • Ian O.

    Awesomeness. One of the best places to get lost in for a book lover!

    Ian O'Brien · March 17
  • Paris B.

    One of the most incredible book shops in the world.

  • Cassidy G.

    Oh I never wanted to leave! I think when you walk in they should give you a little wagon to roll around like in Matilda. :-)

    Cassidy Gott · March 9
  • Jim C.

    Even if you don't need a book, don't miss this place when you are in Pearl district. I spent 90 fascinating minute just browsing and walked out with 2 great books

    Jim Contardi · March 8
  • nanci b.

    Take some time and look around

    nanci booher · March 6
  • Jade A.

    Bldg 2 has technical books

    Jade Applegate · March 1
  • Ryan T.

    Check out the *buy it for the cover* spinner in the sci fi/fantasy area.

    Ryan Thompson · February 24
  • Maddy B.

    If you love the smell of books and coffee (but mostly books) than this is heaven to people like you.

    Maddy Boden · February 22
  • Tutta K.

    Волшебное место! Букинистика на любой вкус. И пахнет как в советском книжном магазине :)

    Tutta Karlson · February 14
  • Meah B.

    Grab yourself a book, new or old, find a nice spot then plop yourself down for a good read. You could spend all day in here.

    Meah B · February 11
  • Lori R.

    The rare book room at the top is amazing if you're a true book lover

    Lori Rountree · February 5
  • Jared

    Yes its touristy. Yes it's still amazing and wonderful.

    Jared · February 5
  • James V.

    Get a map. It's not too hard to get lost.

    James Veber · January 29
  • Kelly W.

    Huge book store that's very casual and organized. Come stay a while.

    Kelly Wong · January 18
  • Micah S.

    I can't believe how huge this place is. It seems to always be busy too, at least on the weekend.

    Micah Spieler · January 11
  • Daniel P.

    The Mecca of books. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to browse.

    Daniel Pollard · January 10
  • Stephen C.

    Amazing book store! You can easily find a gift for everyone on you x-mas list here.

    Stephen Chisa · January 9
  • Libby L.

    A purchase at the coffee place does not validate your parking.

    Libby Lee-Egan · January 4
  • Hector K.

    Majestic, there no book you cannot find here. The staff is very knowledgeable about what they've got.

    Hector Kokubunji · January 1
  • Anna J.

    Claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. ONLY for book lovers!

    Anna James · December 29, 2014
  • coastieet

    Anything you look for, you will probably find!!!!!

    coastieet · December 27, 2014
  • Tyler L.

    Awesome huge book store. Hard to find these now. You can get lost in here with all the selection. If you can't find it here, it might not exist.

    Tyler Lund · December 24, 2014
  • Scott M.

    If you like books, you will like this place. There are no hidden treasures but there are books here you can't find anywhere else.

    Scott Marinoff · December 1, 2014
  • cami j.

    I could probably have wandered around powell's for our entire portland trip.

    cami j. · November 29, 2014
  • Katya D.

    Is it just me or is it harder than it used to be to find the signs listing all the subject areas by room?

    Katya Davidson · November 27, 2014
  • colazionearoma

    amazing bookstore. like the shop around the corner. but bigger.

    colazionearoma · November 16, 2014
  • Johanne A.

    One word: awesome

    Johanne Axelsen · November 13, 2014
  • Wesley V.

    Classic mainstay

    Wesley V · November 6, 2014
  • Danielle

    Bibliophiles look no further. This place has everything you need. The friendly staff are available to answer all your book/ comic/ arts queries.

    Danielle · November 4, 2014
  • Chris L.

    Check out the Physics textbook selection. If that's what you might be into...

    Chris Lowder · November 4, 2014
  • Stephen K.

    The locked up room with the expensive, rare first editions is mostly what makes this an attraction

    Stephen Koontz · November 4, 2014
  • Katie S.

    So many fun books!

    Katie Sutton · October 29, 2014
  • Dirty B.

    Seriously, such a huge bookstore and I love that it's locally owned.

    Dirty Bird · October 21, 2014
  • Natalia B.

    Expansive book metropolis! The gifts and stationery are as good as the books. Nice coffee shop too.

    Natalia Baker · October 21, 2014

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