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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Montana

The best list of independent Montana bookstores


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Since 1977, Barjon’s Books has been a resource for books, music, and gifts that celebrate diversity of spirituality and culture. We are a place for exploration, relaxation, community, and fun!

This House of Books
  • This House of Books
  • 116 N 29th St, Ste B
  • City: Billings
  • Phone: (406) 534-1133
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food
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This House of Books has a very simple mission: Build an independent full-service bookstore in downtown Billings and turn it into a literary & cultural hub for the city. Using the cooperative model means that we give book lovers a chance to own a piece of the store and participate in its success. Join us for poetry night, game night, or visit our other author events.

Country Bookshelf is an independent bookstore carrying a wide selection of new books: fiction, nonfiction, art, Western history, children’s, and young adult.

We are a used bookstore selling used books and taking in books for credit.

Isle of Books & Books

An independent bookstore located in Butte, Montana.

A full service used book store in the heart of Historic Uptown Butte! We have a broad selection of books: collectibles, classics, mining/geology, kids, cookbooks, paperbacks, and much more. The store is large and spacious – perfect for browsing. Follow us on instagram: @secondeditionbooksmt.

The Bookstore

The Bookstore is an independently owned bookstore specializing in titles about Montana and the Western United States. We feature local authors, host book signings, and other author events.

Cassiopeia Books is an independent bookstore in downtown Great Falls, MT offering new, used, and out of print books, and hosting author events.

Chapter One Bookstore
  • Chapter One Bookstore
  • 252 Main St.
  • City: Hamilton
  • Phone: (406) 363-5220
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, LGBTQ+, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Calendars, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Puzzles, Stationery
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings, Storytime
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Chapter One Book Store has been a literary and community resource for Bitterroot Valley residents and visitors since 1974. Owned by Mara, Marisa, and Katrina, we offer a place for customers to explore our shelves of new and used books, learn about local events and chat about the daily happenings in our valley and world. Our mission at Chapter One is to provide a space for all to explore their passions, discover new ones and share them with others. Visit us in the heart of Hamilton at Main and 3rd.

Montana Book Company
  • Montana Book Company
  • 331 N. Last Chance Gulch
  • City: Helena
  • Phone: (406) 443-0260
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Feminist, LGBTQ+, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Calendars, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Stationery
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings
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Community-centered bookstore located in downtown Helena since 1978. Recently called “The loudest bookstore ever” not just because of our voice on social issues, but also because of we are a gathering space for people to connect and find others who share their values. We love books, stationery, and using our voice for fairness and justice for marginalized folks.

New and used books,  music instruments, repair, and instruction in the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts.

Elk River Books
  • Elk River Books
  • 122 S. 2nd St.
  • City: Livingston
  • Phone: (406) 333-2330
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: Regional
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines
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Elk River Books is the home for southwest Montana’s literary community with numerous events, a non-profit arts and lectures series, a publication arm, and a curated selection of fine books and ephemera specializing in rare and collectible outdoors, western history, arts, poetry, and Montana writers. Co-owners Marc Beaudin and Andrea Peacock are Montana’s only members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America.

The Book Exchange
  • The Book Exchange
  • 2335 Brooks St.
  • City: Missoula
  • Phone: (406) 728-6342
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Crime/Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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We are a locally owned family bookstore and coffee shop serving Western Montana since 1979. Customers can spend hours browsing through thousands of top-quality new, used and collectible fiction & non-fiction books, as well as comic book titles and audiobooks for any and all readers. Our specialties are bargain priced new and used books with an emphasis on regional interest, children’s/young adult, sci-fi/fantasy, mystery/action, general fiction and literature; plus, nonfiction books and sidelines as well! As of 2008, we have a cafe—with soups, sandwiches, coffee, and tea—in the front corner with picture windows on all sides and a vast panoramic view of the Rockies.

Fact & Fiction

Booksellers with years of experience and an eclectic knowledge of titles and authors. Literary events scheduled year round; call for schedule. Open M-F 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 4pm.

Shakespeare & Co.
  • Shakespeare & Co.
  • 103 S. 3rd St. W
  • City: Missoula
  • Phone: (406) 549-9010
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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This recently expanded independent bookstore carries a large selection of new books, postcards, greeting cards, blank journals, magazines, and more. On the Hip Strip near downtown Missoula. A feast for the book lover.

Bickerstaff Booksellers
  • Bickerstaff Booksellers
  • 418 W. Broadway St.
  • City: Philipsburg
  • Phone: (406) 859-3812
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books, Rare books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Educational, Regional
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines, Puzzles
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Bickerstaff Booksellers, located in Quigley Cottage, is an eclectic, cozy place to take a moment to browse, sit, read, visit, and enjoy an amazing collection of books in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

  • Book Therapy and Moore
  • 120B S. Main St.
  • City: Three Forks
  • Phone: (406) 285-6520
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts
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Reading Leaves Books

  • Reading Leaves Books
  • 401 Broadway St.
  • City: Townsend
  • Phone: (406) 396-4168
  • Type: New books, Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Puzzles, Toys/Games
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings, Storytime
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Reading Leaves Books is a literacy and community-focused indie bookstore. We opened in 2019 and carry new and used books, tea, games, & gifts.


  • Bookworks
  • 244 Spokane Ave #A
  • City: Whitefish
  • Phone: (406) 862-4980
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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The Flathead Valley’s biggest independent bookstore.