Powell’s City of Books

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  • Who We Are

    Powell’s Books is an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon, since 1971. We’ve grown to employ over 530 people across five Portland-area stores and Powells.com, and our book inventory exceeds two million volumes. In spite of our substantial size and reach, we remain grounded by our company’s core values, which have guided us through the ups and downs of the bookselling industry. Each and every employee’s love of books drives us forward.

    We have an especially intimate relationship with Portland — what other city in America can name a bookstore as its top attraction? We host over 500 author events a year, in addition to children’s storytimes, writing workshops, game demonstrations, and book clubs. Through Powells.com and our expansive online community, we also reach readers around the world, people who are as excited about books as we are.

    We look forward to a future filled with many new opportunities, new innovations, and, of course, new books!

    Mission

    Our mission is to be the world’s best destination for readers, a place that fosters a culture of reading and connects people with the books they’ll love.
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