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Top 5 Reasons to Shop at Powell’s Books


Powell’s is one of the most popular destinations in Portland (both for tourists and residents), and there are plenty of reasons why. With more than a million volumes, it’s the biggest independent bookstore in the United States. Let us count the ways we love Powell’s.

1. It’s a Portland institution.

Since 1971, Powell’s has been serving Portland’s readers. Its mission states:

"We have a social responsibility to the community and to our industry to fight censorship, promote literary awareness and encourage authors and their works."

2. The selection is unbeatable.

The main store, located at NW 10th/Burnside takes up an entire city block. If you love to browse for books (new and used), you can get lost here for hours. Their magazine selection is amazing, too.

3. Shop at six locations.

In addition to the downtown store, there are five other Powell’s locations.

They are:

Powell's Technical Books
33 NW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

Powell's Books in Beaverton
8725 SW Cascade Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97008

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

Powell's Books for Cooks and Gardeners
3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

Powell's Books at PDX
7000 NE Airport Way
Suite 2250
Portland OR 97218

4. Enjoy engaging events.

Powell’s attracts amazing authors for speaking engagements. Most events are held at the Burnside store but occasionally authors will speak at Hawthorne. Check the schedule.

5. They get involved with the local community.

Powell’s supports public schools and libraries, adult literacy programs, and has their own program called “It’s For Kids,” which donates thousands of books to Portland and Beaverton schools.
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