City Books storefront

Old-world charm & modern customer service since 1984

Writers Abeer Hoque and Deesha Philyaw in conversation at City Books.
Writers Abeer Hoque and Deesha Philyaw in conversation.

Since 1984, City Books has been a home for creativity, discussion, and literature in Pittsburgh. The bookshop features great lighting, a gender-neutral bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and soft jazz. Despite the ongoing pandemic, City Books continues to provide vital resources to the greater Pittsburgh community. Masks are required without exception.

A man is reading a book while standing in front of a bookshelf.
Store hours are Wed-Sun 11-5.

For 38 years, City Books has offered an exceptional inventory of used and collectible books. We are pleased to fulfill special orders of new & old books, and custom curation requests to suit all budgets. In addition, we offer a small selection of branded merchandise. Domestic shipping is available for a small fee. Readers are welcome to take a quick peek or enjoy a long afternoon browse. 

Arlan Hess, City Books owner (Photo by Tereneh Idia)

Arlan Hess is the owner of City Books where she directs the City Books Writer-in-Residence program for emerging & marginalized writers. A purpose-driven entrepreneur, she serves on the board of Write Pittsburgh and is a member of the founding council of The Cohort, a Pittsburgh-based creator community bringing together influencers and business owners.

Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.

Virginia Woolf


Wednesday-Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM. Tuesdays by appointment only.

We are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. (Tuesdays by appointment.)

(412) 321-7323



908 Galveston Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Allegheny West/Northside

City Books is a member of the American Booksellers Association and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association.