Books are as characteristic of Oregon as microbrews and coffee. From shops offering classic pieces of literature, to stores with an inventory of over four million, great bookstores are found all over the state. Not only are these stores great places to find your next favorite book, but also a good place to cozy up with a cup of coffee or find cool knickknacks. Here are just 10 of the best.
Overlooking beautiful Yaquina Bay with Table Mountain in the backdrop, this Newport icon has been offering fabulous fare for both the mind and body since 1971. The original owners are still at the helm, Canyon Way features new books of stellar quality only. Check out their annual one-day sale each January for 20 percent savings off everything in the house.
One look at the interior of Forecastle Books is all it takes to tell you it’s owned by a couple of dedicated book lovers. You’ll both new and used books among its shelves, and when you need a break from browsing through the stacks, you can refresh with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee from a local roaster.
With a name that’s a nod to an early 20th century, loosely knit circle of intellectuals, artists, and writers in London’s Bloomsbury District, Bloomsbury Books in Ashland is dedicated to the cultivation of independent thought. Their carefully-curated literature includes contemporary fiction for children and adults, works by local writers, and, as befitting a bookstore in the home of one of the world’s best Shakespearean festivals, a large Shakespeare collection. Step upstairs to Bloomsbury Coffee House to peruse your new purchases with coffee and a treat.
Eugene residents love Smith Family Bookstore so much that one location isn’t enough—you’ll find one location in downtown Eugene and another near the University of Oregon campus. All genres of literature are well-represented here, and the inventory at both Smith locations is constantly changing. Students can save significant sums on textbooks by buying them used at the campus location.
Locally owned and operated by the same Salem family since 1984, the Book Bin is conveniently located in downtown Salem and sells quality new and used books. It provides a meeting place for several Salem book clubs, and hosts a poetry night on the last Friday of each month. Visiting as well as local authors are often available for reading and signing events. The Book Bin has a sister store in the nearby college town of Corvallis.
Browsers’ Bookstore has been selling good used books since 2001. Corvallis is a small college town, so you’re sure to find classic literature and other quality reading material well-represented here. You can use their handy “search our books” tool to see if they’ve got what you’re seeking in stock. Browsers’ has another bookstore in nearby Albany.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Central Oregon community of Bend, Dudley’s specializes in good books and good coffee. Books are both new and used, and coffee is from local roaster Bonsai Beans. Tea lovers won’t be disappointed with the café, however, and neither will wine and beer enthusiasts, so grab a book and peruse it at your leisure with the beverage of your choice.
Step back in time and into a classic bookstore brimming with small town charm when you enter Betty’s Books on Main Street in historic Baker City. You’ll find new and used books, friendly staff, and a comfortable bench for browsing located just outside Betty’s door. Betty’s Books promotes local and statewide authors and carries an eclectic mixture of Western-themed literature, travel and gardening books, children’s books, local and regional history, and more. Betty’s serves as the only general bookstore in Eastern Oregon’s Baker County and sponsors a monthly literary event.
Annie Bloom’s Books is a classic neighborhood bookstore that’s been serving the residents of Portland’s Multnomah Village for over 30 years. Although Annie Bloom’s carries a variety of literary genres, it specializes in fiction, children’s literature, travel, culinary, and current events. All books sold here are new.
Book lovers think they’ve landed in heaven when they first walk through the doors of Powell’s City of Books. Covering an entire city block, Powell’s is the largest independent bookstore in the world. Founded in 1971, Powell’s currently has an inventory of more than four million books. Rare and out of print books are often found at Powell’s.