Powell's City of Books

★★★★★
  • 1005 W Burnside

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-228-0540

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We went to Powell's based on local friend's recommendations. I can't think of any used bookstores in Seattle that match this. The quantity of books organized by topic is amazing. The only dearth I found was computer books - granted, since they specialize in used books to a certain extent I suspect it's because those become irrelevant so quickly it's not cost-effective for them.

Found several great math topics including some new books that are semi-recent at greatly discounted prices.

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We went to Powell's based on local friend's recommendations. I can't think of any used bookstores in Seattle that match this. The quantity of books organized by topic is amazing. The only dearth I found was computer books - granted, since they specialize in used books to a certain extent I suspect it's because those become irrelevant so quickly it's not cost-effective for them.

Found several great math topics including some new books that are semi-recent at greatly discounted prices.

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As a visitor to Portland, I absolutely had to check out Powell's. At first glance, it can be a bit overwhelmed. The sheer magnitude and inventory of the store is outstanding. The high shelving and colorful layout is a severe contrast to the megabrand, Barnes and Noble, but the change can be quite stimulating. The employees KNOW books and can be a great resource. And if you've never been or didn't know it existed, you must take some time to explore the Rare Book Room. It is an incredible museum of historical literature. Powell's can be helpful if you need a specific book, but it is also a fantastic way to spend a few hours exploring on a rainy afternoon.

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★★★★★

As a visitor to Portland, I absolutely had to check out Powell's. At first glance, it can be a bit overwhelmed. The sheer magnitude and inventory of the store is outstanding. The high shelving and colorful layout is a severe contrast to the megabrand, Barnes and Noble, but the change can be quite stimulating. The employees KNOW books and can be a great resource. And if you've never been or didn't know it existed, you must take some time to explore the Rare Book Room. It is an incredible museum of historical literature. Powell's can be helpful if you need a specific book, but it is also a fantastic way to spend a few hours exploring on a rainy afternoon.

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I wish they had better parking, but the amazing selection of books more than makes up for it. I love this store so much. It's why I moved to Portland, and why I'll stay. The prices are fabulous, the events are always awesome, and its just an all-around terrific store--what a bookstore should be!

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★★★★★

I wish they had better parking, but the amazing selection of books more than makes up for it. I love this store so much. It's why I moved to Portland, and why I'll stay. The prices are fabulous, the events are always awesome, and its just an all-around terrific store--what a bookstore should be!

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Tons of new and used books, very organized. Workers are very helpful and finding the book is easy with their computer system!
Tired then relax in their cafe. Always a joy to visit.

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Tons of new and used books, very organized. Workers are very helpful and finding the book is easy with their computer system!
Tired then relax in their cafe. Always a joy to visit.

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This is a place where books are born, this is book heaven! Anything and everything can be found here, including school books for all ages (even college). I think most customers live there to be honest. It's easy to get lost amongsts millions of books and it's a nice atmosphere to hang out on the couch and read a book. They have plenty of customer service clerks ready and willing to help a person find what they are looking for.

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This is a place where books are born, this is book heaven! Anything and everything can be found here, including school books for all ages (even college). I think most customers live there to be honest. It's easy to get lost amongsts millions of books and it's a nice atmosphere to hang out on the couch and read a book. They have plenty of customer service clerks ready and willing to help a person find what they are looking for.

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Ever since I was a senior in high school and visited this store with a school group, I have been in love with this place. Not really in love, like I'm not going to marry it but you get the picture. They give you a map, the place is four floors and they shelve used books with new books. The top floor is devoted to the Arts and this was probably my favorite. You could find anything about art that you needed. They also have a Pacific Northwest section, which has books about the PNW, the place I love to visit for the holidays and not just because my family lives there. For a bookstore, they have everything you could want in a vendor of books and more.

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Ever since I was a senior in high school and visited this store with a school group, I have been in love with this place. Not really in love, like I'm not going to marry it but you get the picture. They give you a map, the place is four floors and they shelve used books with new books. The top floor is devoted to the Arts and this was probably my favorite. You could find anything about art that you needed. They also have a Pacific Northwest section, which has books about the PNW, the place I love to visit for the holidays and not just because my family lives there. For a bookstore, they have everything you could want in a vendor of books and more.

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The Powell's on Burnside is huge!!! You can wander for hours on end. They have an amazing selection of books in just about every category you can think of. The prices are pretty good too! However, don't expect to get much money when selling your books there. They don't pay very much at all, but that is how they give you good prices when you buy from them. If you haven't been there yet, you should really check it out! Powell's is a nice place to wander around on a rainy, dreary day.

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★★★★★

The Powell's on Burnside is huge!!! You can wander for hours on end. They have an amazing selection of books in just about every category you can think of. The prices are pretty good too! However, don't expect to get much money when selling your books there. They don't pay very much at all, but that is how they give you good prices when you buy from them. If you haven't been there yet, you should really check it out! Powell's is a nice place to wander around on a rainy, dreary day.

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You can literally spend days in this bookstore and never get bored! This bookstore is massive and has everything arranged and organized concisely (and by map even) The children's section is inviting and has several small tables and chairs for younger readers to look at books. There is a huge section of parenting books and even a small section of toys and small, special gift type items for children. They always have tons of specialized magazines for every interest and the best part about Powells is that you can bring in your old books and trade them in for new ones. Several times a month, Powells has visiting authors, which are always very popular events. Check it out!

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★★★★★

You can literally spend days in this bookstore and never get bored! This bookstore is massive and has everything arranged and organized concisely (and by map even) The children's section is inviting and has several small tables and chairs for younger readers to look at books. There is a huge section of parenting books and even a small section of toys and small, special gift type items for children. They always have tons of specialized magazines for every interest and the best part about Powells is that you can bring in your old books and trade them in for new ones. Several times a month, Powells has visiting authors, which are always very popular events. Check it out!

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I love this bookstore. It has the greatest selection of books on any topic. My friend found an entire section devoted to books on Hungary - her specialty. If they had that, then they'll have what you are looking for. It is easy to spend several hours here without realizing it. I always come out with way more than I had planned to purchase. The staff is knowledgable and friendly.

PROS: Amazing selection.
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I love this bookstore. It has the greatest selection of books on any topic. My friend found an entire section devoted to books on Hungary - her specialty. If they had that, then they'll have what you are looking for. It is easy to spend several hours here without realizing it. I always come out with way more than I had planned to purchase. The staff is knowledgable and friendly.

PROS: Amazing selection.
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Every book reader must make it a priority to visit this ultimate book getaway!

The city of books is several stories high:
On the top floor you will find the rare book room and an everchanging art galery.

On the ground floor, a convenient and quant coffee room looking out on Burnside where you can sit, enjoy a pastry, and preview what you might buy.

In between you'll find a dizzying selection of books which is to be savored slowly! You'll need plenty of time (and a map) to explore this place.

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★★★★★

Every book reader must make it a priority to visit this ultimate book getaway!

The city of books is several stories high:
On the top floor you will find the rare book room and an everchanging art galery.

On the ground floor, a convenient and quant coffee room looking out on Burnside where you can sit, enjoy a pastry, and preview what you might buy.

In between you'll find a dizzying selection of books which is to be savored slowly! You'll need plenty of time (and a map) to explore this place.

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I am big on supporting local industry, so I love that the nation's largest independant bookstore is in Portland.

They have an amazing selection of new and used books. I feel like I am in heaven everytime I walk through their doors. The low prices only help to feed the habit of a book junkie like me.

The staff is friendly, but unobtrusive. They also seem to care more about what they are doing than employees at mega book chain stores.

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I am big on supporting local industry, so I love that the nation's largest independant bookstore is in Portland.

They have an amazing selection of new and used books. I feel like I am in heaven everytime I walk through their doors. The low prices only help to feed the habit of a book junkie like me.

The staff is friendly, but unobtrusive. They also seem to care more about what they are doing than employees at mega book chain stores.

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"CITY OF KNOWLEDEGE ".....when i say city i really mean city....this is a huge bookstore.....the biggest i have ever seen ...they have both new as well as old books for sale ......they have a huge variety of alll kinds of books....you can almost find anything here under one roof......the quality of the books is also very good when compared that they are old ....they look as good as new and their prices are also very low...they are pretty well oragnised and you can find anything easily ....they have systems which help you to locate the category and type of book you are looking for....They even have maps around their huge store which help you to get around quickly and easily....Lots of things to learn and to get knowledge from....Perhaps one of the best places i have been too!!!!

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"CITY OF KNOWLEDEGE ".....when i say city i really mean city....this is a huge bookstore.....the biggest i have ever seen ...they have both new as well as old books for sale ......they have a huge variety of alll kinds of books....you can almost find anything here under one roof......the quality of the books is also very good when compared that they are old ....they look as good as new and their prices are also very low...they are pretty well oragnised and you can find anything easily ....they have systems which help you to locate the category and type of book you are looking for....They even have maps around their huge store which help you to get around quickly and easily....Lots of things to learn and to get knowledge from....Perhaps one of the best places i have been too!!!!

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You will never be disapointed when you make a visit to Powell's Books. They have the most extensive collection of books anywhere. If you love books and your looking for something old or new here you will find it. The service is great and the choices are endless.

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You will never be disapointed when you make a visit to Powell's Books. They have the most extensive collection of books anywhere. If you love books and your looking for something old or new here you will find it. The service is great and the choices are endless.

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Powells city of book is truly that. Thye have everything you couold want. I'm goign tto be a freshman in college and I went to Powells to compare prices. They have both new and used books and i ended up saving money and finding almost all of my required books. No wonder it's so famous!

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Powells city of book is truly that. Thye have everything you couold want. I'm goign tto be a freshman in college and I went to Powells to compare prices. They have both new and used books and i ended up saving money and finding almost all of my required books. No wonder it's so famous!

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I love going to Powell's Bookstore! I am a book lover, and it's wonderful to see all the used and new books of ANY type you can imagine. I can lose myself in this store for hours just browsing the aisles finding every book under the sun, just waiting to be read!

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I love going to Powell's Bookstore! I am a book lover, and it's wonderful to see all the used and new books of ANY type you can imagine. I can lose myself in this store for hours just browsing the aisles finding every book under the sun, just waiting to be read!

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This bookstore is virtually a block of the street. A lot of books, new, and pre-owned. They have good collection on maps, and foreign languages. Computers are conveniently located at each corner to help the customer to find what they want. The price is okay for commonly find books, but it is a good chance that you won't find the rare books you are looking for elsewhere. This is also a great place for friend to meet, kills the waiting time fast.

PROS: Good Selection, helpful information
CONS: Lightling is only okay

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This bookstore is virtually a block of the street. A lot of books, new, and pre-owned. They have good collection on maps, and foreign languages. Computers are conveniently located at each corner to help the customer to find what they want. The price is okay for commonly find books, but it is a good chance that you won't find the rare books you are looking for elsewhere. This is also a great place for friend to meet, kills the waiting time fast.

PROS: Good Selection, helpful information
CONS: Lightling is only okay

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This place is terrific. You can find pretty much anything in this huge bookstore. Powell's consists of multiple levels and rooms, filling a city block. The staff are knowledgable and friendly. There are also a number of kiosks that you can use to do a self search.

If there is something you can't find, they are usually able to order it in for you. They also have a number of writers and other artists that sometimes speak on site.

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This place is terrific. You can find pretty much anything in this huge bookstore. Powell's consists of multiple levels and rooms, filling a city block. The staff are knowledgable and friendly. There are also a number of kiosks that you can use to do a self search.

If there is something you can't find, they are usually able to order it in for you. They also have a number of writers and other artists that sometimes speak on site.

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A local landmark, and even known nationally, don't judge a book by its cover: the main entrance to this block-sized store makes it look like slightly scuzzy. Once inside, however, you could get lost for days (though they'll probably kick you out before that happens), since the place is a maze of new and used books that scatters in all directions. It's certainly easier to sit at home and "browse" through Amazon.com, but there's still something to be said for the hands-on approach.

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A local landmark, and even known nationally, don't judge a book by its cover: the main entrance to this block-sized store makes it look like slightly scuzzy. Once inside, however, you could get lost for days (though they'll probably kick you out before that happens), since the place is a maze of new and used books that scatters in all directions. It's certainly easier to sit at home and "browse" through Amazon.com, but there's still something to be said for the hands-on approach.

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this place is a serious book paradise. It takes up a full square block, is a tourist attraction, and you can find any book there! They even have rare out of print ones not available in other places. There is also a nice little coffee shop where you can sit and read your newfound purchase while sipping a latte or whatever. come on down and find out about this place! i even go here just to "window" shop.

PROS: very cool, seriously have every book
CONS: can get lost if you aren't careful

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this place is a serious book paradise. It takes up a full square block, is a tourist attraction, and you can find any book there! They even have rare out of print ones not available in other places. There is also a nice little coffee shop where you can sit and read your newfound purchase while sipping a latte or whatever. come on down and find out about this place! i even go here just to "window" shop.

PROS: very cool, seriously have every book
CONS: can get lost if you aren't careful

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City of books is an understatement. The selection at Powell's is incredible, there are so many books that you can almost always find what you are looking for. The atmosphere is wholesome and genuine. The computer kiosks are quite helpful in finding where in the City of Books to look for your titles and the staff is very helpful if you cant find what you are looking for. Parking around Burnside can be a bother, but they validate parking if you make a purchase.

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City of books is an understatement. The selection at Powell's is incredible, there are so many books that you can almost always find what you are looking for. The atmosphere is wholesome and genuine. The computer kiosks are quite helpful in finding where in the City of Books to look for your titles and the staff is very helpful if you cant find what you are looking for. Parking around Burnside can be a bother, but they validate parking if you make a purchase.

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This is the place to go if you are looking to purchase reading material. They have new and used (cheaper) books for everyone. It is really fun to spend hours getting lost in the monstrous bookstore! They also have their own parking garage, which can be difficult to navigate, but is a definite perk when you are fighting for a parking spot downtown.

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★★★★★

This is the place to go if you are looking to purchase reading material. They have new and used (cheaper) books for everyone. It is really fun to spend hours getting lost in the monstrous bookstore! They also have their own parking garage, which can be difficult to navigate, but is a definite perk when you are fighting for a parking spot downtown.

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Books, magazines, journals, toys: this place has it all. Powells downtown is the largest bookstore I could ever imagine. They sell used and new books, and their prices are very reasonable. I could spend all day at Powells reading and people watching. Their toys are also funny. I saw Poe and Einstein action figures.

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Books, magazines, journals, toys: this place has it all. Powells downtown is the largest bookstore I could ever imagine. They sell used and new books, and their prices are very reasonable. I could spend all day at Powells reading and people watching. Their toys are also funny. I saw Poe and Einstein action figures.

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I absolutely think this is the best darned bookstore around--it really is a bit overwhelming when you first explore--the sheer volume of books is amazing! But the color-coded rooms are surprisingly well organized and the staff are friendly--great place to spend a rainy afternoon!

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I absolutely think this is the best darned bookstore around--it really is a bit overwhelming when you first explore--the sheer volume of books is amazing! But the color-coded rooms are surprisingly well organized and the staff are friendly--great place to spend a rainy afternoon!

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The size of this store is almost overwhelming -- but in a good way! I hardly ever know where to start! If you can make it out of this store without spending all of your money, you have more willpower than I do!

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The size of this store is almost overwhelming -- but in a good way! I hardly ever know where to start! If you can make it out of this store without spending all of your money, you have more willpower than I do!

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This place is simply AWSOME!!! Yuo can find almost andthing here! They have new and used books. The staff is GREAT! And I always find something interesting! I love it! They also can track down books you are interested in that they do not have on had. Seeing thier selection, I cannot see how they wouldn't have something that anyone could possibly be wanting!! You have to check this place out!

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This place is simply AWSOME!!! Yuo can find almost andthing here! They have new and used books. The staff is GREAT! And I always find something interesting! I love it! They also can track down books you are interested in that they do not have on had. Seeing thier selection, I cannot see how they wouldn't have something that anyone could possibly be wanting!! You have to check this place out!

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Clean store, great selection. I've purchased book via their website, too---quick response for new books but I haven't had good luck with used books online. Still: Wandering around Powells is a great way to kill an afternoon and do damage to your pocketbook.

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Clean store, great selection. I've purchased book via their website, too---quick response for new books but I haven't had good luck with used books online. Still: Wandering around Powells is a great way to kill an afternoon and do damage to your pocketbook.

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This truly is a city of books. The main store takes up a full city block and has three stories of books available to the patrons. There are plenty of new and used books in every genre imaginable. For true bibliophiles, there is an area dedicated to rare books. On the main floor, there is also a spacious coffee shop. The employees do request that any backpacks or large bags are checked at one of the cash register areas. In addition to selling books, Powell's also buys books from its customers, offering cash or store credit. Powell's is conveniently located along the streetcar tracks in Downtown Portland within the fareless square. I would, however, avoid the parking lot if you own a car bigger than a Mini-Cooper. It is an accident waiting to happen.

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This truly is a city of books. The main store takes up a full city block and has three stories of books available to the patrons. There are plenty of new and used books in every genre imaginable. For true bibliophiles, there is an area dedicated to rare books. On the main floor, there is also a spacious coffee shop. The employees do request that any backpacks or large bags are checked at one of the cash register areas. In addition to selling books, Powell's also buys books from its customers, offering cash or store credit. Powell's is conveniently located along the streetcar tracks in Downtown Portland within the fareless square. I would, however, avoid the parking lot if you own a car bigger than a Mini-Cooper. It is an accident waiting to happen.

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