Title Wave Bookstore : Activities to do with kids in Portland, OR- The Savvy Source

Title Wave Bookstore

216 N.E. Knott
Portland, OR 97212

(503) 988-5021


Browse through 20,000 used books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and magazines at bargain prices, starting at $2 for hardback novels and nonfiction.

Place Information

  • Place Category


  • Place Cost Free
  • Place Hours
    Sunday closed
    Monday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Tuesday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Wednesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Word on the Street

Most residents of Multnomah County are familiar with our amazing public library system, with its weekly programming for children and vast array of books, dvds, and child friendly spaces. Many people, however, don't know about another library-related asset in our community: The Title Wave Bookstore! The bookstore is housed in the old Albina Branch library, which has been in existence since 1912. As the library receives new materials at its branches, older material that doesn't circulate frequently is withdrawn and available for you to purchase at pennies on the dollar.

 There are generally 20,000 items in stock, with a wide variety of books, dvds, VHS tapes, books on tape, and magazines to browse through. This means Mama can pick up a copy of Martha Stewart Living for less than $1.00, while your kiddo can load up an entire cardboard box of picture books for less than the cost of one new one. There is always an abundant stock of holiday themed books, Beginning Facts books, (great for kiddos obsessed with fire trucks, or killer whales, or even culinary careers) and if you're there at the right time, you might even find a stack of children's books on tape or recently published picture dictionaries. You can seriously come away from the Title Wave bookstore with a treasure trove of educational materials, great for homeschooling families, or curious kids. Invest in a big stack of magazines for collaging or reference, or just supplement your family library with the classics. (Recent visits found many of the Narnia books, Toot and Puddle picture books, and some of the very pricey Eyewitness series for only $4.00.)

 The best part of the Title Wave Bookstore is that it is entirely volunteer run, so you are recycling books and giving back to our county library. According to the Title Wave website, since its beginning in 1988, "more than 700,000 books have been recycled, and over $1.5 million in revenue has been generated." Earlier this year, the entrance to the bookstore was renovated with ramp access, so mamas with strollers won't find it hard to get inside. This is a great destination for a rainy weekday morning, you and your little ones can come home with a whole new library of your own! (SCRAP is only blocks away if you're feeling crafty.)

Title Wave Bookstore: From the Parents


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