Old-world charm & modern customer service since 1984
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.
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 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.)
908 Galveston Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233