Powell’s Books Hours: Heavenly City for Booklovers in Portland

Powell’s Books hours starts from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. opens daily for its’ beloved customers. The Powell’s Books is a major chain of bookstore which located in Portland, Oregon and its surrounding area.

Powell’s headquarter, or better known as Powell’s City of Books, is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world that stands erect for an entire block of city in the Pearl District.

The store is 6,300m2, has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 different sections. It was rated as one of the top ten coolest bookstores in the world by CNN.

History of Powell’s Books

Powell’s Books was founded by Walter Powell, a retired painting contractor, back then in 1971. A year before, Walter’s son, Michael Powell who had graduated from university, opened his own bookstore for academic used, rare, and discounted books in Chicago.

Later in 1979, Michael joined his father in Portland. Together they created their unique bookstore. They hired only those knowledgeable and dedicated booklovers. The first branch was opened in 1984.

Powell’s bookstore set up its internet connection in 1993 starting with using email and FTP-based access for technical uses. A year later they established their official website, In 2010, the store management business is handed over to Michael’s daughter, Emily.

In 2011, Powell’s has participated in Google Offers and has sold out 5,000 vouchers in a matter of hours. Starting 2012, Powell’s opened access to print-on-demand book via the Espresso Book Machine.

About Powell’s Books

The Powell’s Books hours opens at 9 am. and closes at 11 p.m. for 365 days. Customers can spend hours of their time inside the store. It is so large that customers can get lost here, that’s why you will need map that the store provides for guidance.

Powell’s Books offers many variant of books; rear and old books, new books, bestsellers, used books, or even out-of-print books. You can find anything you want to read here.

Powell’s has over 3,500 different sections. It also buys around 3,000 used books a day. The books that are in Powell’s are over one millions collections. No wonder that this is in the list of one of the biggest and coolest bookstores in the world.

Location of Powell’s Books

The headquarter of Powell’s Books called the City of Books is located in Pearl District that occupies an entire city block stretching between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and W. Burnside and NW Couch Street. Aside from the main store, Powell’s Books also opens at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton.

It opened in late 2006 as the replacement the previous branch that located in Washington Square. It is 3,020 m2 in size and has the largest children’s book section on the West Coast. Powell’s also opens its branch in Hawthorne District, Portland that has two spaces for home and gardening material on the east. Another one is in the marketplace at the Portland International Airport.

You can come and enjoy getting lost in this heaven by visiting the store everyday at Powell’s Books hours.