When the weather outside is frightful, nothing feels better than curling up with a hot drink and a good book. Oregon City has plenty of great respites for readers. Here is a list of Oregon City’s best places for book lovers!
White Rabbit Books & Gifts is a colorful corner of downtown Oregon City sure to fill the heart of any book-lover. Interested in supplies to curate a literary vibe? This is certainly the place to shop. Not just the place for riveting reads, White Rabbit offers an impressive selection of home goods, games and arts and craft materials. If you just can’t wait to leave the bookstore before cracking open your newest tome, White Rabbit has the space for you too. Enjoy well-lit seating with a delicious beverage from independent coffee shop Black Ink Coffee, located just inside White Rabbit’s doors.
Laurie’s Books began as a small used book exchange located in Oregon City’s Southridge Shopping Center. This fall, the cozy bookstore underwent redevelopment to expand its bookselling offerings. Enjoy a curated selection of vintage and contemporary paperbacks at bargain prices, or bring your gently-loved old reads to sell. Laurie’s Books also hosts bookish events throughout the year; visit their website to find more information.
Did you know? In 1842, Oregon City (originally known as Willamette Falls) became home to the first library in all of Clackamas County. Beginning as a subscription style service known as the Multnomah Circulating Library, the library would go through many iterations before becoming the institution we know today. In 1913 it was rebuilt as an Andrew Carnegie endowed library as a part of Andrew Carnegie’s worldwide effort to construct more public learning spaces. After over a century of relocating and reorganizing, the Oregon City Public Library is as strong and vibrant as ever, especially after a major two-store expansion of the library in 2016. Locals can get a library card for free and access not just thousands of books, but also an expansive virtual collection including eBooks, audiobooks, Kanopy films and even rentable home goods! Oregon City Public Library has many comfortable places to read and study, and hosts frequent events for all ages at its beautiful Carnegie Park campus.
Friends of the Oregon City Library Used Bookstore |
We’re certain that once you visit Oregon City’s incredible public library, you won’t be able to get enough of it. If you’re looking to support a great community space, one way is to visit the Friends of the Oregon City Library Used Bookstore. Just down the street from the library, Friends of the Oregon City Library have a well-stocked space full of unique used book finds operated entirely by volunteers. Don’t forget to peruse the splendid collection of games, music and movies. Join the store’s membership program (children, seniors and students get discounted rates!) for 50% off all books on every month’s 2nd Saturday. The proceeds of your purchases go to support library programs as well as other local cultural events. That means every book you buy will go to help someone else learn too!