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Powell's City of Books

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  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffDecember 5, 2012
    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.
    Upvoted Oct 22
  • Roy B.
    Roy BrittonDecember 2, 2016
    Great place. Get lost, I mean it. If you love books there isn't a better place on earth. Wall to wall, floor to floor, section to subsection. Get lost inside, you'll be happy you did.
    Upvoted Oct 22
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    If you’re into rare books, the Powell’s collection is one of the best in the country – stop in and check out a first edition of The Hobbit, signed Hemingway novels, and a wealth of other goodies Read more
    Upvoted Oct 22
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNFebruary 19, 2014
    The world's largest independent book store in the world. You could get lost in here for days if you love books. Even if you don't like books, it's worth seeing. It's quite impressive.
  • Natalie
    NatalieJune 4
    As a book lover you cannot help but fall in love with this place. There are different themed rooms to help make searching easier and the people who work here love their job and it shows.
  • Valerie H.
    Valerie HuffmanMarch 24, 2015
    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
  • Alejandro R.
    Alejandro RojoOctober 25, 2016
    Books Books and more Books, even if you don't like them, it's a whole experience. you can read the books in here with a cup of coffee and the selection is huge, you can find either a Novel or a Manga
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaApril 4, 2016
    Late-night shopping: More than a million new and used books. Open until 11 pm. More tips about Portland in the digital LH Magazin www.lufthansa.com/magazin. Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Powell's workers probably have more attitude than any Portlander. Which is nice because everyone in Portland is so damned nice. Read more
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJune 5, 2014
    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.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TNovember 6
    Two years later, it’s still as overwhelming in the best possible way as before. Rooms upon rooms, floors upon floors of books—new, used, obscure, bestsellers, rare, paperback, hardback, it’s all here!
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica Torrez-RileySeptember 21, 2014
    When you find a book you like, be sure to check a few copies to find the best deal. Used and new mixed in, usually one will be a could dollars cheaper. Use that savings to buy even more books!!
  • Karla R.
    Karla ReddropJuly 5, 2016
    My favorite place in Portland. You can get lost and definitely lose track of time. If you are looking for gifts to take home check this place out.
  • Rachael D.
    Rachael DiasSeptember 8, 2013
    I absolutely love this place and is a must stop for my family and me anytime I'm near Portland. You can spend hours getting lost and roaming the shelves of this huge new/used bookstore.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DonovanOctober 23, 2016
    The Powell family of Portland is in a 150 year family feud with the Strand's in New York. 112 years ago they decided to solve their family issues by competing in a "creakiest wooden floors" contest.
  • Caroline J.
    Caroline JanasAugust 27, 2015
    So many books and so many people which is uplifting to see in this digital age. Old and new books together sit well and you'll be sure to find something you want. Good coffee too.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    The main store covers an entire city block, and is three stories tall – and the whole thing is packed to the rafters with every book you could ever hope to read – more than a million books. Read more
  • Spencer D.
    Spencer DubJanuary 7, 2016
    If you plan to sell books, either enter at the Orange Room, or snag an escort when you enter via the Green Room. Staff might get a little cranky otherwise.
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RosenbergJune 16, 2015
    The mother of all book stores, Powells has everything. And often times it has it used, saving you money. Nice places to sit and read, drink coffee, and enjoy.
  • Anne S.
    Anne SmithJuly 18, 2013
    I could get lost in this bookstore all day. You can bring up to 5 books into the coffee shop to peruse before buying. Sat and enjoyed my books for a while over a delicious cappuccino
  • Jaron P.
    Jaron PalmerMay 30, 2015
    This place is amazing. If you don't see want you want immediately, there's a good chance you will the next day. The friendly staff is very helpful as well.
  • Jim C.
    Jim ContardiMarch 8, 2015
    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
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WOctober 16, 2016
    Best bookstore I've ever been to in the US. Hands down. Incredibly well-stocked and laid out. Be careful: once you enter you will lose all track of time.
  • Meredith
    MeredithMay 21, 2015
    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.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Give Portland's first (and currently only) pedestrian scramble a try at the NW entrance (the one on 11th).
  • Portlandia
    PortlandiaJuly 26, 2011
    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!
  • Arun S.
    Arun SudhindraNovember 30, 2015
    One of the best places to visit in lovely PDX. Tons of great books, keep an eye out for new and used ones if you're looking for a steal
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReevesAugust 31, 2014
    This bookstore is huge but very easy to navigate. Tons of separate rooms with specific genres and subjects. I guarantee you will find what you're looking for.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncAugust 9, 2011
    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.”
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundDecember 24, 2014
    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.
  • Eric M.
    Eric ModenJune 18, 2013
    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.
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BoehmerDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Small Press section in Blue Room is best collection of independently published prose, poetry, and journals in the United States.
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 25, 2014
    Put your name in for brunch at Tasty & Alder then grab a cup of coffee at Courier Coffee and browse Powell's book collection to pass the time.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 19, 2014
    Quite possibly the best bookstore in the country. The selection is immense, and the inclusion of used titles in the same space as new is fantastic.
  • Josef P.
    Josef PfeifferSeptember 23, 2013
    The largest bookstore in the NW, and probably America, it's an entire city block and 5 stories high. They give you a map to navigate in the beginning.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Books on hold is insanely quick for in-stock books. Usually same-day service and you can call the store to request books for hold. Head on up to the top floor when you arrive.
  • AMACOM Books
    AMACOM BooksSeptember 14, 2011
    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!
  • Dennis H.
    Dennis H.July 16, 2013
    THE ultimate brick and mortar (new and used) book store. The staff are extremely friendly & knowledgeable. The selection is huge. Free Wifi.
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerOctober 21, 2014
    Expansive book metropolis! The gifts and stationery are as good as the books. Nice coffee shop too.
  • Joey P.
    If I get to heaven and it isn't a free version of Powell's, I'll be deeply disappointed. There are maps at the info desks; they're great for finding where all the goodness is stored.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreDecember 13, 2010
    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
  • Nichole B.
    Amazing selection of books. I love that the vintage books are mixed in with the new ones.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuAugust 4, 2016
    Such a great book store! I can spend forever in here. Though the used books are still pricier than other places I've been too.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TSeptember 9, 2015
    The Mecca of books. This place is so huge, you probably need days to appreciate it. I'm jealous of Portlanders who have continuous access to this place.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WeberFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Home to not one, but three Manga sections. You'll find them by the cafe, by the elevator that doesn't serve all floors, and by the stairs to the upper level registers.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BowersJanuary 21, 2016
    Love the used and new books shelved together, and the little note cards with staff suggestions. Found several new authors that way.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CreasyNovember 14, 2015
    Fantastic! Books for every person. I love exploring the newer section but also going upstairs where it's quieter and less crowded.
  • Jay P.
    Jay PhungSeptember 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get yourself lost on the multiple floors with thousands of books! Don't forget to pick up a few goodies that they sell too!
  • Meah B.
    Meah BFebruary 11, 2015
    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.
  • Arsilanti A.
    Arsilanti ArindraDecember 10, 2012
    Books stacked up to the highest shelf. Never thought there would be a store more complete than Barnes and Noble. Just about everything is here!
  • Greg P.
    Greg PriceJune 27, 2016
    Incredible density of really good books, as staff picks or prominently displayed. On top of having an enormous quantity of books.
  • Yas A.
    Yas AbJune 29, 2016
    Amazing huge bookstore. It seems as if it was tailored to my taste! GREAT SELECTION!
  • Dwight ดนัย
    Dwight ดนัยAugust 10, 2016
    Great bookstore and staff with $2-$6 used books. Bring old books for store credit. Vast selection of titles but touristy and can be crowded. Free wifi. African American section limited & needs help.
  • From East Coast
    From East CoastAugust 29, 2014
    You could get lost in here for hours. Check out the photography section. Tons of cool books.
  • christina leigh m.
    christina leigh morganOctober 27, 2011
    Largest independent bookstore in the world! Aisles and aisles of books and fun greeting cards, too. Plan to spend hours here if you're an avid reader.
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DonnellyJuly 30, 2014
    Prepare to spend the afternoon in my favorite bookstore ever. There are enough nooks and crannies to keep you entertained for hours!
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    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
  • Jenna A.
    Jenna AndersonOctober 11, 2015
    They call it city of books for good reason. It's easy to get lost amongst the shelves full of adventure, cooking, travel, history... You name it. It's truly a metropolis.
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MozolicJune 19, 2015
    Anything you want. And if they don't have it available immediately, they will get it in a day or two. Very accommodating.
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BallesterosSeptember 5, 2014
    Favorite place in the whole world. I've traveled all the way from Chile 3 times. Try Local author Sir Robert of Brockway's amazing erotica fiction
  • Loveland L.
    Loveland LocalJanuary 15, 2013
    If you love books you can't miss Powell's. The biggest independent used and new bookstore in the world. It's AWESOME!!!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BakerDecember 31, 2013
    Extremely knowledgeable staff, massive selection, and a great place to wander. There are lots of signed copies lying around, too!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FDecember 1, 2015
    Amazing adventure of a bookstore that requires multiple visits to truly appreciate!
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LozanoJanuary 18, 2016
    A Portland must! When the system tells you they don't have the book you're looking for, go and snoop around the counters I found one they told me was out of stock!
  • timothy w.
    timothy wudarskiMay 20, 2016
    The books, of the maze of endless books. Pretty surprised at the sub par periodical selection though...
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 11, 2011
    "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
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    An absolute must do for anyone visiting Portland. Even if you can't read. Also, why am I writing tips for people who can't read?
  • Hina H.
    Hina HApril 6, 2016
    This bookstore is simple amazing but! Give yourself at least a few hours to just get lost in their collections of books!
  • Tony C.
    Tony CJuly 29, 2016
    Definitely get lost in here. Pick up a book and soon you will realize that two hours have gone by and you didn't even realize it
  • Lady S.
    Lady SmileJanuary 15, 2016
    This place was amazing!!!!! Where do I begin. It has everything a book lover could ask for. Highly recommend. I need one in NYC.
  • Nicholas T.
    Nicholas ThompsonMarch 10, 2016
    Possibly the best book store in the United States
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PayneApril 9, 2016
    Great place to browse, spend an afternoon, and find cool local gifts.
  • michael j.
    michael jonesDecember 27, 2010
    Only the coolest bookstore in the US. I can get lost in here. Nice to read and chill at coffeeshop inside. Secretly wish to bump into that special someone while browsing books and fall in love.
  • christie g.
    christie germansOctober 16, 2011
    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. The map of the store is very useful and definitely check out the art/rare books section.
  • Brian E.
    Brian EibertOctober 10, 2012
    Real cool bookstore. Nice vibe. Easy to get metaphorically lost within the stacks. I wish I had more time to spend here.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJune 12, 2015
    You could get lost here for hours. Leave yourself time to roam and read up on bestseller and staff recommendations.
  • David H.
    David HamiltonSeptember 3, 2016
    Best selection books for sale on the face of the planet. Not very charming, but an amazing place.
  • Danielle
    DanielleNovember 4, 2014
    Bibliophiles look no further. This place has everything you need. The friendly staff are available to answer all your book/ comic/ arts queries.
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasJune 28, 2016
    Used books alongside new books of the same title means you can pick up some bargains. Fantastic shop.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherFebruary 1
    Easy to spend hours here. Rows and rows of new and used books.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonSeptember 24, 2014
    Awesomely ginormous bookstore you could get lost in for hours.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MarinoffDecember 1, 2014
    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.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenJuly 14, 2016
    Best book store in the world. Book several hours for yourself if it is your first time.
  • Mariano P.
    Mariano PolinesiJune 11, 2016
    If you are in Portland, don't leave without visiting this bookstore. Huge and fantastic.
  • Zachary H.
    Reviewing specifically for music books. Music section is very small, and dominated by pop-rock biographies. Was looking for world music- there are only 2 shelves, almost entirely Celtic.
  • Lee Z.
    Lee Z.January 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Pete W.
    Pete WungAugust 11, 2011
    My favorite book store. Used, new, all in one stack. Where else can you find a shelf devoted to Japanese haiku poetry?
  • Liz D.
    Liz DSeptember 28, 2015
    May be dangerous to note that they will ship. Also, the staff recommendations are usually spot on.
  • megan
    meganJuly 30
    Head straight for the Powell's best sellers shelves and don't be discouraged by the line - it moves quickly.
  • David
    DavidOctober 4, 2013
    If you love books, this is pretty much heaven. Easily the best part of Portland. Stop reading the tips, go buy stuff!
  • George A.
    My favourite bookstore in the world! It is unlikely that there will be a book that you wont find here
  • Powell's Books
    Powell's BooksDecember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Vinmania
    VinmaniaMay 10, 2015
    Amazing selection. Children's section is the best I've seen in any bookstore.
  • Kilian M.
    Kilian McMahonJanuary 27, 2013
    It actually has a lovely section just for books on typography which is pretty rare. Incredible book shop.
  • Jay H.
    Jay HemmadyFebruary 26, 2016
    I really like to get lost in this bookstore! Just love it - nothing like it anywhere else
  • Luis C.
    Luis CisnerosSeptember 17, 2011
    It is so relaxing to sit at a coffee shop with a few books to browse and some coffee. Worth taking time out for!
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CoatesJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A Portland institution. Even if you're not that into reading, it's astounding how many books they have to offer.
  • Pavan K.
    Book lovers paradise , lot of card games and other book worm paraphernalia available.
  • Michaela H.
    Michaela HanakovaNovember 2, 2013
    The largest bookstore in the world. Cool place to hang out. It is a must.
  • Cadence P.
    Cadence ParrishAugust 8, 2015
    Amazing place to be!! Good coffee, massive selection of books and friendly atmosphere
  • Caren R.
    Caren RichMarch 28, 2013
    If you love books, you could live at Powell's. They will order you any book as well.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TaylorSeptember 10
    I would love to spend the entire day here. So many books to choose from.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 29, 2016
    Huge selection, World Cup cafe in back with charging stations by window. Soak in sun and relax.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StaleyApril 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Instead of trying to park above Powell's, just park in the Brewery Blocks parking lot. So much easier to get in or out.
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerApril 15
    A must see in Portland. Could spend hours here. Staff can help you find anything.
  • Liz P.
    Liz PullenSeptember 5, 2011
    My favorite bookstore, on- or off-line! Great for browsing, especially in fields where you are a newbie. Read more
  • Carmen S.
    Carmen SharpeOctober 24, 2015
    If you are looking for a good book go here! You can find an amazing book anywhere in this store.
  • K Madi E.
    K Madi ErionApril 15, 2015
    Free wifi. Best selection of books. I get lost in here for hours. In a good way.
  • Francene G.
    Francene GreweSeptember 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Shop Powells on line for used books, and big discounts. Have them hold your books at your favorite location for pick up to save on delivery charges.
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BashawSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite place in downtown Portland. They carry every book you can imagine.
  • Odile R.
    Odile Roujol2 weeks ago
    Found Korean books and car ones , took a coffee. Love this place ! Great service
  • Tobias N.
    Tobias NehrenJune 7, 2015
    Huge, friendly - Huge Sports Book department.
  • Hector K.
    Hector KokubunjiJanuary 1, 2015
    Majestic, there no book you cannot find here. The staff is very knowledgeable about what they've got.
  • Gp L.
    Gp LuftApril 26, 2012
    Rare book room is good, but the Architecture and Design books on top floor are the best, and good places to slowly pick out your favorite book of ideas.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChisaJanuary 9, 2015
    Amazing book store! You can easily find a gift for everyone on you x-mas list here.
  • Greg
    GregOctober 7, 2012
    Massive and great for browsing, though coming from Seattle, I would not hesitate to check prices on amazon.com before spending money here. You could save 50% or more!
  • Nichole D.
    Nichole DavisMarch 21, 2014
    The coffee shop is good but the lids for the cold cups leak. Also, there are no comfortable adult size chairs in the children section to breast feed if you are going there with a baby .
  • Cassidy G.
    Cassidy GottMarch 9, 2015
    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. :-)
  • Debra E.
    Debra EJuly 13, 2015
    Don't come in if you're in a hurry. .... easy to lose track of time in this amazing place
  • Gary V.
    Gary VaynerchukDecember 3, 2013
    Buy my books when u are here :)
  • John A.
    John AllbeeSeptember 5, 2013
    Whoa seriously the largest book store I've ever been in. I just read Corduroy. That was one one my favorite childhood stories !
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan ThompsonFebruary 24, 2015
    Check out the *buy it for the cover* spinner in the sci fi/fantasy area.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmJanuary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best bookstores in the world, you may also know it from the opening credits of Portlandia.
  • Duncan H.
    Duncan HowsleyAugust 2, 2013
    Phenomenal shop. Amazing selection of books and perfect for gifts.
  • Jesse
    JesseFebruary 26, 2016
    Hide in a corner and stare creepily at strangers, it'll be fun 🌎🌝 You can also get coffee if you can find the cafe
  • Randall K.
    Randall KoutnikJune 27, 2016
    Be prepared to lose hours here - a wonderful mecca for bookworms of all kinds.
  • Rio Ty T.
    Rio Ty TokyoAugust 3, 2012
    When you see multiple copies of a used book check each of the prices sometimes the same book is half price of the same copy!
  • Em W.
    Em WilsonSeptember 16, 2014
    A book lover's heaven. Make sure you have several hours minimum to explore this massive indie store. Shop indie!
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KasperAugust 9, 2016
    You could honestly spend hours here. We did and we loved every minute of it!
  • Noland H.
    Noland HoshinoMay 5, 2010
    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
  • Isabelle H.
    Isabelle HouserAugust 7, 2014
    Love it, but it's always is busy there I don't really enjoy browsing anymore.
  • mario a.
    mario animaSeptember 14, 2015
    Visit the rare book room on the top floor when it is open. So awesome!!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzNovember 4, 2014
    The locked up room with the expensive, rare first editions is mostly what makes this an attraction
  • Erik G.
    Erik GranlundApril 13, 2013
    Be sure to bring a disinterested friend that is willing to drag you out of this place before you buy 30 books.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJanuary 18, 2015
    Huge book store that's very casual and organized. Come stay a while.
  • Organized I.
    Organized IslandJuly 31, 2013
    Give yourself at least an hour to scout this bookstore. You could spend all day here!
  • jann j.
    jann jonesJune 28, 2016
    I shouldn't be allowed in with money; if I could, I'd need a semi to carry my books home!! GREAT place!
  • Ly L.
    Ly LeJune 30, 2015
    Restroom is not in the coffee shop but the purple room. Check out the rare book section!
  • Ian O.
    Ian O'BrienMarch 17, 2015
    Awesomeness. One of the best places to get lost in for a book lover!
  • meredith k.
    meredith kerekesOctober 7, 2014
    Heaven on earth. Grab a tea and get lost in the aisles.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HayesOctober 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go early Sunday. Grab a coffee and just get lost in the stacks.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BruceMarch 11
    Great independent bookstore. Awesome selection of new and used books.
  • Tiffany M.
    Tiffany McClainJanuary 6, 2014
    Check out the Rare Books room in the Pearl Room, 3rd floor. The oldest book is $12,500.
  • Michele C.
    Michele CrawfordFebruary 7, 2012
    Look through the stack to get the cheapest one. Depending on if it is used/condition it will be cheaper!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WeissJuly 13, 2015
    Holy crap. This place is the most amazing book store I've ever been to. I would come back to Portland just for this place.
  • ELS Language Centers
    The largest use and new bookstore in the world, it occupies a whole city block!
  • Nick S.
    Nick SummersonOctober 22, 2013
    pearl room is the best! Staff are super friendly
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff StockettJuly 25, 2015
    If you like books, plan on spending a few hours. You don't want to miss anything.
  • Lydia K.
    Lydia KJuly 8, 2013
    If you buy too many books to reasonably take home, Powells will ship them home for you at a flat rate. Hooray!
  • James B.
    James BatesNovember 26, 2015
    The world's biggest bookstore. If you like books then this is the place to come.
  • Brianna H.
    Brianna HortonAugust 31, 2013
    Go to the rose room and read Mo Willems books to little new readers!!
  • Mike T.
    Mike TianoAugust 2, 2013
    The only item this store lacks is an area for one to pitch a tent. My wife had to drag me away from the place--if she hadn't someone might have had to send a search party to find me!
  • cami j.
    cami j.November 29, 2014
    I could probably have wandered around powell's for our entire portland trip.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PollardJanuary 10, 2015
    The Mecca of books. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to browse.
  • Evan G.
    Evan GainderJuly 4, 2015
    If you come here be prepared to spend the whole day. So many books!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PeckApril 22, 2013
    So easy to get lost in the store and spend the whole day here, but that's not a bad thing at all!
  • Chelsea E.
    Chelsea EnochMarch 31, 2015
    This place was amazing. I don't think I've ever seen this many books in any place other than a library!
  • Maddy B.
    Maddy BodenFebruary 22, 2015
    If you love the smell of books and coffee (but mostly books) than this is heaven to people like you.
  • Enrique G.
    Enrique Gutiérrez ArzateFebruary 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The assortment is outstanding, can believe how big it is!
  • Melinda M.
    Really fun place to look around. They have apparel and gifts as well as thousands of books and graphic novels.
  • Javier C.
    Javier CarmonaOctober 7, 2015
    Love it! They have a place for you to use your computer, sit and read.
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateJuly 14, 2013
    So. Many. Books. Find the editions you remember from your childhood in the used children's books section.
  • Audrey W.
    Audrey WalkerSeptember 20, 2014
    This is my favorite bookstore ever. The rare book room is heaven.
  • Hossam A.
    Hossam AlfraihDecember 5, 2012
    If you are not in hurry, check Amazon. Most properly you will find the same book in less price.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesDecember 29, 2014
    Claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. ONLY for book lovers!
  • The Mac Store
    The Mac StoreJune 24, 2011
    A great place to take out of town guests. You can't beat their sci-fi section!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdOctober 21, 2014
    Seriously, such a huge bookstore and I love that it's locally owned.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxNovember 19, 2012
    Meet Oliver Burkeman on Sunday, January 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. Read more
  • Charles P.
    Charles PerkinsSeptember 19, 2011
    Awesome book store to browse for hours. Always stop here when I'm in Portland.
  • Kari
    KariJune 26, 2012
    Give yourself plenty of time to spend in here. And pick up a map of the store when you come in - you'll need it.
  • colazionearoma
    colazionearomaNovember 16, 2014
    amazing bookstore. like the shop around the corner. but bigger.
  • Keith D.
    Keith DouglasJuly 3, 2013
    LOWEST percentage of men washing hands after using bathroom I have EVER seen & that includes NFL games & auto racing.
  • Curtis C.
    Curtis ChenSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the Rare Books Room upstairs. It's like a museum where you can actually touch some of the exhibits!
  • Anna D.
    Anna DMay 5, 2013
    Grab a map on your way in and science nerds should check out building #2 directly across the street.
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WatkinsApril 18, 2016
    Brilliant book shop! If you're a real bookworm, consider leaving your wallet at home...
  • Al B.
    Al B.May 3
    Stay here for at least an hour minimum. You won't regret it.
  • Ulysses ..
    Ulysses .August 6
    It's a large crowded bookstore with a decent selection, highish prices and no comfy chairs to be found.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SperberSeptember 18, 2014
    The craft section is epic and amazing.
  • Lia
    LiaAugust 3, 2013
    Book lover heaven. Prepare to spend a lot of time lost in the aisles.
  • Maya C.
    Maya ConnAugust 12, 2013
    No matter what your intentions, plan on spending more time than you think you will.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SJanuary 31, 2016
    One of my first stops each visit to pdx. It's like a book maze
  • Micah S.
    Micah SpielerJanuary 11, 2015
    I can't believe how huge this place is. It seems to always be busy too, at least on the weekend.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DavisSeptember 15, 2014
    The pure square footage of books is staggering
  • Ty S.
    Ty SmithSeptember 16, 2015
    Be sure to check out the room of rare books.
  • Shawn V.
    Shawn VittMay 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The sculptor of "Pod," located across Burnside, meant for folks to give it a thwack & set it in motion.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissApril 17, 2013
    An amazing, near-endless labyrinth of books, classic book merch, Portland souvenirs, books. Put aside at least 2 hours for this place, more if you're in the mood to drag a book into the cafe there.
  • Lis B.
    Lis BoktFebruary 1, 2014
    It's worth the hype - bring cash, or expect to blow your budget.
  • Lorena N.
    Lorena NascimentoSeptember 4, 2014
    Must go place in PDX. Please, don't leave with empty hands.
  • Easton F.
    Easton FrancisMarch 14, 2013
    Make sure to find your way to the geek section near the coffee shop!
  • Audrie W.
    Audrie WestonMay 25, 2015
    Good books, good prices, good people. What more do I have to say?
  • Sam G.
    Sam GavinDecember 22, 2010
    The Purple Room bathrooms are terrifying. You can see other people's heads over the tops of the stalls!
  • Dave S.
    Dave S.May 25, 2015
    This place is basically an amazing museum dedicated to literature!
  • Tanzala D.
    Tanzala DickersonOctober 6, 2015
    Love this place!! Favorite place to get lost. So many books
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KemperAugust 9, 2015
    You'll plan to make a quick stop. You'll actually spend hours browsing. Embrace it!
  • Alex J.
    Alex JangDecember 1, 2015
    Love this place. wish I could visit this store with my kids
  • Krzysztof L.
    Krzysztof L.October 12
    probably the biggest bookstore I've ever visited! ❤️
  • PDXHappyHour G.
    PDXHappyHour GuidebookDecember 26, 2013
    The best place to buy the Happy Hour Guidebook!
  • Khesa P.
    Khesa PinkardApril 28, 2015
    This place is awesome. The best bookstore I've ever been to.
  • Tanner S.
    Tanner SmithFebruary 20, 2016
    Great selection! Be sure to grab a map before getting lost!
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DawnAugust 4, 2015
    Heaven on earth. So many good reads, not enough time go read them!
  • MK C.
    MK CarrollAugust 13, 2013
    Visitors: Powell's will ship your books - no need to check another bag of just books at the airport!
  • Jared
    JaredFebruary 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Yes its touristy. Yes it's still amazing and wonderful.
  • Alex R.
    Alex ReedSeptember 29, 2013
    The pearl room is the best, if you can find it.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LowderNovember 4, 2014
    Check out the Physics textbook selection. If that's what you might be into...
  • Mai G.
    Mai GussMay 19, 2015
    It is a book UNIVERSE. Indescribable unless you've actually wandered through.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HolmesJune 22, 2015
    Believe the hype: this is one of the world's greatest bookstores.
  • Will F.
    Will FlemingOctober 10, 2014
    An excellent place to hide away on a rainy afternoon. Or a sunny one.
  • Kamna T.
    Kamna TripathiDecember 25, 2012
    Give yourself the time to wander around and enjoy
  • Sean B.
    Sean BreenNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic selection of street maps in travel section
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BestJuly 31, 2015
    Truly an amazing selection of books. Food is subpar.
  • Ted R.
    Ted RoyApril 20, 2011
    A must for anyone who doesn't get the same pleasure from the digital format of today's reading!
  • Jill P.
    Jill PSeptember 7, 2012
    Obviously. I heard a customer service person give a woman a 10% discount when he didn't have the book she wanted. I think that pretty much says it all.
  • U
    UAugust 5
    Amazing how much inspiration a place can contain ❤️
  • Melanie R.
    Melanie RabierNovember 16, 2011
    Take your day off, it is huge. Just get lost and you'll find a book.
  • Basima E.
    Great location .. friendly staff..great atmosphere
  • Hob N.
    Hob NockerJuly 27, 2016
    More books than you could believe. Interesting place with friendly and helpful staff.
  • Lori R.
    Lori RountreeFebruary 5, 2015
    The rare book room at the top is amazing if you're a true book lover
  • Fran C.
    Fran CormackJuly 2, 2016
    A whole city block of books. What's not to like?
  • Doreen C.
    Doreen CaddFebruary 24, 2012
    Feb 28th between 5pm and 9 pm- They are having a 30% off special with coupon.
  • Felix S.
    Felix SchwenzelJuly 31, 2014
    what's not to like about this store?
  • Gayla R.
    Gayla Reese WalshJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Rooms and rooms of books. Spend hours reading and browsing.
  • coastieet
    coastieetDecember 27, 2014
    Anything you look for, you will probably find!!!!!
  • Quintein
    QuinteinSeptember 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop by the rare book room on the top floor to see some expensive classics
  • Jay P.
    Jay PhungSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Set up camp here in a tent and sleeping bag. You're not leaving anytime soon once you set foot here... Stay away book lovers!
  • David H.
    David HernandezNovember 25, 2013
    Everything you're looking for, and they'll ship
  • Ludo R.
    Ludo RaedtsJuly 1, 2016
    Books, books and more books. Lot at attention for "staff picks" #like
  • Dana H.
    Dana HooshmandOctober 8, 2016
    Look, it's a giant bookstore. It's good if you like giant bookstores.
  • Miranda H.
    Miranda HartrampfMarch 11, 2011
    Don't forget to explore the Pearl room there is a lot of hidden treasures there.
  • Nishant T.
    Nishant TotlaAugust 20
    Very comprehensive collection. Don't miss the rare books room in the pearl section.
  • Ava
    AvaJune 30, 2015
    you could probably find any book on earth worth reading here
  • Megha P.
    Megha PaiJuly 8, 2013
    Powell's has everything! A must if you're in Portland
  • Vladimir M.
    Get lost in it, it's a great place to enjoy when it is raining outside.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxFebruary 12, 2014
    Meet David Grand on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new novel Mount Terminus. Also with Wesley Stace. Read more
  • Paris B.
    One of the most incredible book shops in the world.
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BoehmerDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Two hours free parking at lot on 10th just north of Burnside and behind Doc Martens.
  • Jon H.
    Jon H.October 31, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Unrivaled. Legendary bookstore. A tad spendy for used but worth it.
  • Jone v.
    Jone van ReesApril 13, 2014
    Grrrreat layout for searching any type of book you want.
  • Phillip E.
    Phillip EmeryAugust 13, 2010
    Book heaven. And a great coffee shop if you don't mind sharing a table with a stranger.
  • André Z.
    André ZimmermannJanuary 20, 2016
    One of nicest libraries I've ever been in!
  • Ed D.
    Ed D.July 1, 2011
    Best selection of "Green" and Environmental books and literature.
  • Laurissa
    LaurissaJune 26, 2016
    Love this place and I could just stay here for hours.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Rosecrans Baldwin on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new book, Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down.
  • Aniruddh C.
    Aniruddh ChaturvediDecember 1, 2016
    Best bookstore ever. I could spend days here.
  • Xuan V.
    Xuan VladimiyevichDecember 21, 2013
    The best bookstore in the whole wide world. Hands down.
  • tessa c.
    tessa cSeptember 15, 2015
    Giant bookstore with everything you can imagine
  • everyrichrole
    everyrichroleSeptember 22, 2015
    So many books. All the books. Best place to find a gift book.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GanterApril 24, 2014
    The most pretentious-slash-helpful-approachable bookstore employees on the planet.
  • Monifa P.
    Monifa PendeltonMay 10, 2014
    Best book store I've ever been to! Hands down.
  • Olof M.
    Olof MathéSeptember 16, 2012
    Incredible bookstore. Probably best one I've ever seen
  • Katya D.
    Katya DavidsonNovember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Is it just me or is it harder than it used to be to find the signs listing all the subject areas by room?
  • Molly N.
    Molly NortonMay 24, 2013
    The Book Store. The Legend. A Whole City Block of Awesome.
  • Kristy W.
    Kristy WilliamsMarch 31, 2013
    Allow at least a full day to fully explore the entire store.
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NguyenAugust 17, 2013
    Visit the coffee shop in the Gold Room... then visit the restrooms in the Purple Room...
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeMarch 31
    Certainly the largest bookstore I've ever been in!
  • Anna R.
    Anna RossFebruary 6, 2016
    Get your reading on! You can get lost in there!
  • Isabel T.
    Amazing and beautiful!!!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet astrophysicist Caleb Scharf on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM as he discusses his new book The Copernicus Complex. Read more
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan SumlinerOctober 14, 2013
    Enormous selection of books and gifts
  • Jenn Y.
    Jenn YFebruary 5, 2013
    The largest independent in the US. Like the Strand, but 10x more friendly.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NMay 23, 2016
    Everything is good here. Get lost for a while.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiSeptember 22, 2014
    Check out the vintage typewriters in the Pearl Room.
  • Ruben A.
    Ruben AvilaFebruary 24
    This book store is big. Like, really big.
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SanchoNovember 28, 2013
    Ask for a map. You'll need it.
  • Ece G.
    Ece GüngörMay 21, 2015
    You can find all kinds of books
  • James V.
    James VeberJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a map. It's not too hard to get lost.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxJanuary 18, 2012
    Meet Terry Tempest Williams on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM as she reads from her new book, When Women Were Birds.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MedvedApril 10, 2010
    This is a must if you are visiting Portland for the first time.
  • Candace N.
    Candace NicholsonNovember 13, 2010
    If you want a souvenir, buy a Powell's reusable bag to carry your books in.
  • Fire F.
    Fire FlyJune 23, 2015
    Powells is the best book store ever!
  • TravelOregon
    TravelOregonAugust 12, 2010
    Chef Leather Storrs from Noble Rot in Portland says, "Grab 'All That the Rain Promises,' an indispensible field guide for mushrooming."
  • Mike W.
    Mike WalekeSeptember 16, 2015
    It is ridiculous how big it is, very easy to get lost in.
  • David J.
    David JacobusJanuary 10
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome map selection
  • Danica M.
    Danica MercerMay 9, 2011
    Get lost in the City of Books! (most people do at least once)
  • Derek M.
    Derek MadlutkMay 28, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to relax and some reading
  • Becky
    BeckyOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can get lost in this bookstore!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet biologist Aaron Hirsh on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new book Telling Our Way to the Sea. Read more
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJanuary 22, 2013
    Meet David Helvarg on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new book The Golden Shore. Read more
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SJanuary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The parking attendant is really grouchy!!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet science writer Brian Switek on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new book My Beloved Brontosaurus. Read more
  • Cleo M.
    Cleo MullisonAugust 14, 2013
    closest place to heaven you're ever going to get
  • Tristan R.
    Tristan RhodesideAugust 16, 2016
    Books: rare, medium, and well done
  • Kate B.
    Kate BergSeptember 5, 2014
    Books books and more books!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJanuary 13, 2016
    You can literally spend hours in here!
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LewisApril 4, 2011
    Spent most of my time in the humor section near the coffee shop... good place to be.
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Be prepared to spend a couple hours perusing the shelves
  • Connor J.
    Connor JamesMay 9, 2014
    You could spend days lost in this bookstore.
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJanuary 4, 2015
    A purchase at the coffee place does not validate your parking.
  • Len A.
    Len AdamsSeptember 21, 2013
    WiFi works for web browsing, not so much for email.
  • Karen P.
    Karen PikeOctober 9, 2015
    Amazing, plan to spend the day
  • Peter K.
    Peter KorneffelOctober 17, 2015
    Best bookstore in America!
  • Hank C.
    Hank CoutureFebruary 5, 2016
    Best bookstore I've ever been to
  • Damion A.
    Damion AlexanderNovember 8, 2011
    Greatest bookstore ever, and my home away from home during the workweek.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet astrobiologist Caleb Scharf on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new book Gravity's Engines. Read more
  • Gehlen E.
    Gehlen ExumJune 22, 2015
    Everything is good! It's books!!
  • Jason G.
    Jason GoldbergFebruary 1, 2010
    Take your out of town guests here, but if your a true geek head two blocks down to Powell's Technical Books.
  • Renée H.
    Renée HirshfieldSeptember 20, 2014
    It's the mother ship of independent booksellers.
  • Björn K.
    Björn KusaFebruary 4, 2016
    Best bookstore. Period.
  • Robert I.
    Robert IchikawaJune 25, 2013
    Ez to navigate...good prices!
  • Katie S.
    Katie SuttonOctober 29, 2014
    So many fun books!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Toby Barlow on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new novel Babayaga. Read more
  • Frank T.
    Frank ThetankMarch 18, 2015
    Rare book collection is so peaceful.
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SunOctober 26, 2016
    a must visit when in portland
  • Cheree R.
    Cheree RamonOctober 23, 2011
    Get a map of the store at the info booth :0)
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonSeptember 24, 2014
    Massive selection of books.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HutchinsonDecember 18, 2009
    Like Ikea for books, luckily they have color-coded maps throughout the multiple levels in their store!
  • Alejandro R.
    Alejandro RivasJune 1, 2016
    Coffee and books, sometimes the silence.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressSeptember 27, 2013
    Meet Cameron Stauth on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new book, In the Name of God. Read more
  • Zi L.
    Zi LiJuly 25, 2013
    The largest independent book store in 'merica.
  • Koichi N.
    Koichi NinomiyaSeptember 25, 2014
    Found OG Frank Miller's Ronin;) been looking for a hot minute
  • andrew r.
    andrew rossAugust 15, 2015
    Like the Strand but cleaner and more organized.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SabovikNovember 23, 2011
    Buy one book. Great sale section. Evernote the rest for later
  • Genna D.
    Genna DacanayJuly 11, 2013
    I'm sorry, did you mean heaven? Could spend my life here.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MooreMarch 12, 2012
    Make sure you have a few hours before stepping foot in this place.
  • Daniele G.
    Daniele GiustoAugust 27, 2014
    Historical huge bookstore
  • PAD productions
    PAD productionsMay 2, 2010
    Great selection of filmmaking books (in the Pearl Room).
  • Catherine W.
    Catherine WoodsAugust 14, 2014
    Everything is good.
  • Hava
    HavaOctober 31, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Want to promote literacy in your household? Gift books to your children.
  • Bastian G.
    I want to move in here! 😍😍
  • Robert S.
    Robert SandlerJuly 24, 2016
    If you like books, they got 'em.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Héctor Tobar on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new novel, The Barbarian Nurseries.
  • Ibrahim O.
    Ibrahim OtunSeptember 3, 2013
    This place is huge! Business books are outdated.
  • Rainbeau
    RainbeauJanuary 24
    I mean, duh... of course.
  • Molly J.
    Molly JonesSeptember 22, 2013
    This place is to me what Tiffany's is to Holly Golightly.
  • Craft P.
    Craft ParadeSeptember 29, 2011
    Grab a coffee, sit and enjoy Read more
  • Joe S.
    Joe SmalleyApril 30, 2016
    Everything
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KlotzApril 11, 2015
    Lots of books, bring money
  • Daniela N.
    Daniela NelsonJune 9, 2015
    Heaven for book lovers.
  • Dylan P.
    Dylan ParkinsApril 18, 2010
    Check out the rare book room. It is a hike but worth the exercise.
  • Aptain U.
    Aptain UrtheiSeptember 24, 2015
    truly inspiring and calming and huge
  • george m.
    george matthesMay 20, 2013
    This is cool.
  • Kirsten M.
    Best bookstore ever!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Emily Gould on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM as she reads from her new novel Friendship.
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinMay 6, 2016
    Books and gifts and cards heaven!
  • Doreen C.
    Doreen CaddAugust 22, 2011
    Portland classic.
  • Sabarish R.
    Sabarish RaghupathyJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Books. Lots of books.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressFebruary 23, 2012
    Meet Kent Hartman on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new book The Wrecking Crew.
  • Lufe B.
    Lufe BenitezAugust 1, 2013
    A paradise of books
  • Silvia R.
    Silvia RAugust 18, 2012
    HR books are in the orange room!
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MogenNovember 10, 2013
    Endless books ... new and used.
  • David F.
    David FarréSeptember 12, 2013
    Recharge here!
  • nanci b.
    nanci booherMarch 6, 2015
    Take some time and look around
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GeNovember 2
    Books for days.
  • Cheryl T.
    Cheryl TanJune 18, 2011
    Look for autographed copies of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family in food writing! (Aisle 530)
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveNovember 6, 2014
    Classic mainstay
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMarch 24, 2013
    Grout puns in 3rd floor men's room.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FolgerNovember 24, 2015
    Craziest bookstore I've ever been in.
  • Tariq A.
    Tariq AhmadJuly 1, 2011
    Check out the used books section.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJuly 12, 2012
    Meet Amanda Hocking on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM as she reads from her new novel Wake. Read more
  • Jolene E.
    Jolene EdwardsJune 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Addicting. Cannot. Stay. Away.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BartzAugust 16, 2014
    Tea & books
  • PDX P.
    PDX PipelineJune 26, 2011
    They have an app!
  • Johanne A.
    Johanne AxelsenNovember 13, 2014
    One word: awesome
  • Steve F.
    Steve F.July 6, 2013
    Portlandia got it all wrong.
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence Li'gadMarch 7, 2012
    One of the greatest places on Earth.
  • graceface k.
    graceface killaSeptember 2, 2012
    Tin-tin in the rose section. Rawr.
  • Virginia R.
    Virginia RushMay 17, 2016
    Everything and Books
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HoangOctober 5, 2015
    Stepping in the doors gives me goosebumps every time.
  • Warren B.
    Warren BobrowAugust 25, 2012
    Read a book that you don't have to plug in to charge
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen ParkerAugust 21, 2014
    A reader/book lover's ultimate wet dream.
  • Stacey M.
    Stacey M.March 24, 2012
    Get the mint iced tea.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxFebruary 14, 2012
    Meet Amelia Gray on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM as she reads from her debut novel Threats.
  • Vonetta G.
    Vonetta GreeneMay 18, 2010
    this is truly my favorite book store in the country
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydNovember 26, 2011
    This place is an absolutely essential part of the Portland experience.
  • LeoArtLove A.
    LeoArtLove AvalonPhillySeptember 2, 2011
    The Best Place to buy Books... On The West... LiF3 2011.
  • Paul D.
    Paul DDecember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    get lost in here for a couple of hours/days
  • Lewis C.
    Lewis ClarkeMay 13, 2016
    Try the books!
  • Nicholas M.
    It's just a bookstore (cue pitchforks)
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngSeptember 3, 2016
    You could probably spend 6 hours here
  • Tara R.
    Tara ReedSeptember 28, 2013
    Great lesbian magazine collection
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BoehmerJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid Saturdays for selling books.
  • c
    cJune 9, 2013
    I want to stay forever (~_~ )
  • Toño R.
    Toño RequenaAugust 27, 2015
    Book Heaven!!!!!
  • Bob N.
    Bob NorthApril 14, 2011
    Great place to get lost in!
  • Sally Y.
    Sally YoonApril 16, 2014
    how can you not go to this iconic place right?
  • Amy J.
    Amy Johnson CookJuly 21, 2014
    Portland institution.
  • cynthia w.
    cynthia wangOctober 7, 2014
    So many wonderful aisles.
  • Xtine.
    Xtine.April 24, 2013
    Try the books.
  • Tom H.
    Tom HanrahanApril 23, 2010
    Trade-in old books for credit and find something new to read. Read more
  • Paul B.
    Paul BielawskiApril 25, 2016
    Books and books
  • Zac M.
    Zac McCormickSeptember 8, 2014
    Tons of soccer books
  • Danny N.
    Danny NguyenJuly 3, 2011
    Great for books!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenSeptember 18, 2012
    Check out the books.
  • Charlie W.
    Charlie WärendhJuly 6, 2013
    Judge a book by its cover.
  • Erica W.
    Erica WebsterSeptember 4, 2012
    Parking is an absolute nightmare, old ass attendants can't multitask and it's a one way enter and exit which causes massive congestion. Never again.
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuJanuary 7, 2016
    Bookworm heaven
  • Kiki J.
    Kiki JonesDecember 29, 2015
    Boooooooks. Real books.
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GMay 20, 2015
    Spare time? Come here.
  • Jade A.
    Jade ApplegateMarch 1, 2015
    Bldg 2 has technical books
  • Albert
    AlbertFebruary 6, 2011
    Strong free wifi signal in the coffee shop.
  • Chase R.
    Chase RichardsonAugust 24, 2011
    Great book on aisle 515!
  • Ed P.
    Ed PodojilSeptember 22, 2014
    There are books
  • Praweena W.
    Praweena WichienrakJanuary 15, 2011
    You can buy book here ! It's the best
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse McCullochFebruary 28, 2010
    Grab a coffee and a window seat and just try to read your book while the city walks by.
  • Storm C.
    Storm C.September 22, 2015
    So many books!!!
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan ClarkFebruary 2, 2013
    I want to live in this building.
  • Sab G.
    Sab GutièrrezJanuary 6, 2013
    Languages <3
  • Lucy B.
    Lucy BrownApril 2, 2012
    Heaven on Earth
  • LadyJ R.
    LadyJ RVAOctober 1, 2010
    Four whole aisles dedicated to nothing but cooking...holy hell books!
  • Alex
    AlexNovember 23, 2015
    Try not to get lost!
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly ManAugust 16, 2012
    There's free wifi
  • Mellissa S.
    Mellissa StevensApril 26, 2012
    Try not to drool on the books......
  • Adrianne S.
    Adrianne SandovalSeptember 27, 2011
    it's a world of books! all kinds... Read more
  • Tarvo
    TarvoJuly 27, 2012
    Get lost. Pick a random book.
  • Bernard G.
    Bernard GoldbachAugust 16, 2011
    Browse through the dollar book table and reward yourself.
  • Dørte
    DørteNovember 10, 2015
    it's huge!
  • Juan Pablo A.
    So many books
  • Cristina S.
    Cristina SchmittMarch 24, 2011
    Great place for hide and go seek
  • Howard K.
    Howard KangAugust 22, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to the top floor to check out the Rare Book Room & Art Gallery to the left.
  • Nabeel
    NabeelJuly 1, 2011
    Read books and be merry.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan ThompsonDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Who's the asshole who thought it was a good idea to design the bathroom stall walls to be that narrow? NOOO PRIVACY
  • Aysia W.
    Aysia WrightJanuary 29, 2010
    Extensive used book selection
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchmidtNovember 20, 2009
    One of the best places to find unique first editions.
  • Richard L.
    Richard LidzbarskiNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Read. Think. Discuss. Grow. Now read some more.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KarolianOctober 4, 2013
    "Print is dead." - Egon Spengler
  • DeAnna
    DeAnnaJanuary 4, 2012
    Work in one room at a time
  • Robert U.
    Robert UhodaApril 16, 2011
    A must see.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WellsMay 2, 2010
    Best book store ever!!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KleinAugust 12, 2011
    So many Moleskine-esque journals, no Moleskines.
  • Sean O.
    Sean OwenMay 22, 2013
    I don't know how to read.
  • Beth M.
    Beth MoonMarch 20, 2009
    City of books, indeed! Best part - the used are filed right alongside the new.
  • Zachary ∞.
    Zachary ∞ vanBuurenJanuary 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Catch your breath.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HoweySeptember 21, 2014
    The fucking books
  • Annie W.
    Annie WellerApril 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    free 2 hours parking now at the old Doc Martens Store lot!
  • Tawfiq M.
    Tawfiq MardiniApril 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    getchyo bookz dawg. s^ portland.
  • Kate R.
    Kate RhoadesFebruary 23, 2011
    Miss your girlfriend.
  • Cathy W.
    Cathy WAugust 9, 2010
    Bought the Nobel Prize winning book "Istanbul" good read
  • Hoot-n-Annie C.
    Need some me time? Books+coffee=heaven!
  • Soma H.
    Soma HonkanenAugust 21, 2010
    Don't go unless you plan on buying something. The temptation is just too much.
  • Recycle C.
    Recycle CraftAugust 19, 2010
    inspirations@bookstores
  • Colby A.
    Colby AleyJune 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Smells like tourists.
  • Carson S.
    Carson SmithJanuary 6, 2010
    Blue Room. Read more
  • Carson S.
    Carson SmithJanuary 14, 2010
    Free Sacco reading was sold out.
  • Waleska F.
    Absolutamente completa con libros nuevos y usados, un servicio rápido y con un ambiente grato para comprar, leer y disfrutar del lugar
  • Hiro F.
    Hiro F.March 18
    図書館のように広い空間に本棚と沢山の本。新刊も古本も同じように本棚に並んでいます。本を探す人、ベンチに腰を下ろして本について語る人、喫茶コーナーコーヒーを飲みながら読む人、迷路のような店内を探検する人。本を好きな人には色んな楽しみ方ができると思います。
  • Mariana G.
    Mariana GarcíaMay 4, 2015
    La mejor librería del mundo. Toma tiempo recorrerla, vale mucho la pena.
  • Tutta K.
    Tutta KarlsonFebruary 14, 2015
    Волшебное место! Букинистика на любой вкус. И пахнет как в советском книжном магазине :)
  • Gain L.
    Gain LeeJanuary 18
    도많고 기념품도 많은 곳이지만 사람이 넘많아서 1층 통제가 안됨 노숙자들이 많이 들어와있음
  • Martín H.
    Martín HunterApril 12, 2016
    ¿Le gana a Strand? En tamaño, seguro. Y tiene WiFi y café...
  • Eliza P.
    Eliza PaninisAugust 12, 2015
    Ocupas un día entero para recorrerlo con la calma y atención debida. 😌
  • Gemita G.
    Ven a cultivarte
  • Alon C.
    Alon CohenJune 10, 2015
    חנות ענקית של ספרים, זה מדהים שדבר כזה עדיין קיים בעידן האלקטרוני
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