Founded in 1984, City Books is a small, friendly shop with an emphasis on both old-world charm & modern customer service. We offer used and collectible books, and are pleased to fulfill special orders and custom curation requests. Located in the heart of the Old Allegheny Historic District, the bookshop features great lighting, a gender-neutral bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and soft jazz.

City Books sells new books online with direct home delivery through our Bookshop virtual storefront and used books via Instagram (@citybookspgh) with store pick up or Media Mail delivery. For City Books branded merchandise and books by local writers, please click here.  

The shop is within walking distance of Pittsburgh’s premier destinations, including The Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, National Aviary, Carnegie Science Center, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Stage AE, PNC Park, Heinz Field, and Rivers Casino. Readers are welcome to take a quick peek or enjoy a long afternoon browse. 

Business hours are Wednesdays-Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM. Tuesdays by appointment only. We are closed on Mondays. 

For the time being, properly worn masks are required. We have installed an Austin Air Filter (Medical Grade HEPA technology proven to remove up to 95% of all airborne contaminants as small as 0.1 microns). When weather permits, we will keep our front doors open during business hours. Online shopping with a pick-up option will remain a permanent feature of our business plan.