Meet Portland’s Most Beloved Used Book Store (Not Named Powell’s)

WHAT: Title Wave Used Bookstore is where library books go to retire. From children’s books to DVDs and travel guides, this hidden gem in Lower Albina has something for every reader.

WHY IT MATTERS: The shop prices and resells library materials from 18 Multnomah County branches, so they can have a second life in the homes of local bibliophiles. Rod Richards, the store’s only employee, has managed the Title Wave for nearly 20 years, and he relies on 65 volunteers — some of whom have been there since Title Wave first opened in 1988 — to get the job done.

FUN FACT: The building was the original home of the Albina Branch Library from 1912 to 1960 before it became the hub for “bookmobiles”––vehicles that deliver library materials to rural parts of the county.

QUOTABLE: “Not everyone has access to electronic media of any form,” Richards says. “The mission of the Title Wave is to get material into the community’s hands.”

Wanna check it out for yourself? Title Wave is open Monday to Saturday at 216 NE Knott St. It also regularly hosts community events, like the upcoming Piano Day on March 29.