Our branded merchandise is always made in Pittsburgh, because you can count on us keeping the “city” in City Books. Buy something for yourself–or buy something to give. Items will be shipped unless pick-up is requested. All items are subject to availability and may take 4-6+ weeks for delivery if we run out. PLEASE ORDER EARLY FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS.



Mass market paperback books wrapped in brown kraft paper.


Blind Date with a Book $7

We’re calling this our “Online Dating” option. You will receive a used mass-market paperback wrapped in brown kraft paper and stamped with the hidden genre. Please remember, these are USED books and will show the patina of age & use. Price includes tax & shipping. $7.



Midnight purple t-shirt with white printing


City Books Logo T-Shirt $20

New logo. New t-shirt. The color is “midnight purple” with a slightly heathered finish. Think vintage Crown Royal bag. It’s wonderfully drapey and will be the best t-shirt in your drawer. I am 5’6″/140 and wear a SM. My husband is 6’/170-ish and wears a MD. Price includes shipping. $20. (No tax on clothes.)



Off white tote bag with Willa Cather quote


City Books Tote Bag $13

Our new tote bag bears a quote from Willa Cather about her decade spent in the Steel City: “Pittsburgh was even more vital, more creative, more hungry for culture than New York. Pittsburgh was the birthplace of my writing.” Price includes tax & shipping. $13.




Care Package $22

Care Package. Each box contains two 2 oz. candles, two artisanal tea blend samples, one RANDOMLY CHOSEN Blind Date with a Book. Library card bookmarks are courtesy of Bird and the Beard. No two boxes are the same. Tax & shipping will be added at checkout. $22.

Reader’s Journal $17

Back in stock! Inside the back cover is a library pocket to store clippings or reviews, and a library card to use as a bookmark or keep track of who has borrowed a book. Track bibliographic information as well as reading dates, DNR notes, recommendation quality, and lending status. Dimensions: 6.25″ x 4.25″. The journal is thin enough to carry in a pocket or day bag and fits well in the palm of the hand. It has 36 double-sided pages. Price includes tax & shipping.