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Independent Bookstores in Colorado

NewPages.com guide to the best Colorado indie bookstores

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  • Black & Read
  • 7821 Wadsworth Blvd
  • City: Arvada
  • Phone: (303) 467-3236
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Toys/Games
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Looking for books, music, games, movies, posters . . . ? Drop by and check us out! Half of the store is filled with vinyl, CDs, tapes, patches, T-shirts and more. The other side houses a large variety of books, games, and movies.

  • Book Cranny
  • 7580 Grant Place
  • City: Arvada
  • Phone: (303) 420-7765
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Used books and unique gifts.

More than a book store, Explore is an intellectual gathering place, where books, ideas, and the free-flowing conversation they initiate are part of the environment. Where you’ll find not only classic literature and nonfiction, but obscure delights on a vast array of subjects. Where customers stay on the leading edge with quality new fiction, landmark biographies, political expose’ and social commentary. Where each book-lined room offers the excitement of finding something important, engaging, enriching…a place to Explore.

Bookbinders
  • Bookbinders
  • 760 E Valley Rd, Unit C-122
  • City: Basalt
  • Phone: (970) 279-5040
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Bookbinders Basalt is a small, independent bookstore in Basalt, Colorado. We are located in the busy Willits Town Center development, right off Highway 82.

  • Beat Book Shop
  • 1200 Pearl St #10
  • City: Boulder
  • Phone: (303) 444-7111
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Used book and record shop. Used, new, rare and antique books, records, CDs, tapes, old magazines, and art and posters relating to music and literature.

Boulder Book Store
  • Boulder Book Store
  • 1107 Pearl St.
  • City: Boulder
  • Phone: (303) 447-2074
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Boulder Book Store is Boulder’s largest independent bookstore with 20,000 sq. feet, more than 100,000 titles, and three floors. We host more than 200 events in the store and in the community every year. Boulder Book Store has been named “Best of Boulder” by local papers every year since 1987. As a founding member of the Boulder Independent Business Alliance (one of the first of its kind in the country), David Bolduc, owner of the Boulder Book Store, has been at the forefront of the “Shop Local” movement for over a decade.

Be prepared when you enter the aura of The Lighthouse Bookstore, you may be intrigued by your immediate reaction. The impressive displays of rare and esoteric books, the vast collection of statues and jewelry seem to promise an adventure ahead. Metaphysical, Hindu, Buddhism, Magic, Tarot, Astrology. Psychic readings daily from 11:30 – 6:00 pm! Call for an appointment.

  • Ole Man Berkins
  • 326 S. Main St.
  • City: Breckenridge
  • Phone: (970) 453-1326
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Best bookstore in Colorado! Nestled in downtown Breckenridge, Old Man Berkin’s Bookstore is a long-time favorite for locals and visitors. Books old and new.

  • White River Books
  • 65B N 2nd St
  • City: Carbondale
  • Phone: (970) 340-4503
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest

A highly curated selection of mostly new titles, with about 10% of the inventory being used books. She also carries non-book items like journals, puzzles, games, greeting cards and art supplies.

  • Sudden Fiction
  • 221 Perry St. Ecclesia Market
  • City: Castle Rock
  • Phone: (303) 856-8181
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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We are a local bookstore in Castle Rock, Colorado!

  • Hooked on Books
  • 3918 Maizeland Rd.
  • City: Colorado Springs
  • Phone: (719) 596-1621
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Established in 1982, we are now the largest independent bookstore in Colorado Springs with over a quarter million books in stock, a huge sci fi and fantasy section, school-required reading, and rare, vintage, and collectible books.

The Poor Richard’s Complex is located in downtown Colorado Springs and features four unique businesses under one roof (the only of its kind in the country). Our restaurant, café, toystore, and bookstore have been locally voted “Best of” in multiple categories like Salads, Soups, Pizza, Café, Wine Bar, Toystore, Cards, Restaurant for Kids, Restaurant for People Watching and Local Bookstore.

  • West Side Stories
  • 631 Colorado Ave.
  • City: Colorado Springs
  • Phone: (719) 636-0055
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Your West Side bookstore!

  • Young Bookworms
  • 3604 Hartsel Dr Ste B
  • City: Colorado Springs
  • Phone: (719) 358-9492
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
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  • Downtown Books
  • 525 Yampa Ave.
  • City: Craig
  • Phone: (970) 824-5343
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea
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We are a bookstore with a side of coffee that likes to be known as the place you can meet to chat. Stop by to browse our collection of used, new, vintage, and collectible books.

  • Townie Books
  • 414 Elk Ave.
  • City: Crested Butte
  • Phone: (970) 349-7545
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food
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A local bookstore and cafe. Perfect for interneting on CB’s fastest wifi! Check out our bestsellers and grab a nice cup of tea or specialty coffee; we’ll meet you at Rumors and Townie Books!

We are a independent paperback bookstore. Our used books are generally half the list price and if you bring books in to trade you can use credit for half off that. You are welcome to bring books in to trade any time we are open; we accept them based on condition and our current stock. Any titles we do not need can be either returned to you or donated to charity.

BookBar
  • BookBar
  • 4280 Tennyson St.
  • City: Denver
  • Phone: (303) 284-0194
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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A book shop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. Now open in the Tennyson Street arts district in Denver, BookBar is the perfect place to read and sip or meet and discuss.

The Bookies
  • The Bookies
  • 4315 E. Mississippi Ave.
  • City: Denver
  • Phone: (303) 759-1117
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Community-focused and independently-owned, The Bookies Bookstore is heaven for book lovers of all ages. We have books for adults and children, including Colorado’s widest selection of children’s books. Every member of our staff is a walking library and we’re always ready to share our book recommendations and knowledge. We also host events and carry toys, board games and gifts and act as a major supplier to schools, with educational resources, books, classroom sets and professional development materials.

Capitol Hill Books
  • Capitol Hill Books
  • 300 E. Colfax Ave.
  • City: Denver
  • Phone: (303) 837-0700
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Denver’s largest searchable database of used books features every subject from American History to Zen. Capitol Hill Book has been serving the Denver community at Colfax and Grant for 33 years.

For Heaven's Sake

Denver’s premiere new age metaphysical gift and bookstore provides a self-help healing center for mind, body, and spirit. Meaningful books, inspirational gifts, classes, energy work, daily psychic readings, and space for meetings – all under one roof.

Books, coffee, comics, records, and the best people watching right at Denver Ground Zero.

Printed Page Bookshop is one of Denver’s hidden treasures—a friendly used book store tucked away in a charming Victorian house along antique row on South Broadway. You’ll find a warm and inviting haven for book-lovers boasting a huge variety of used books, antiquarian, book collections, and hard-to-find collectibles from more than 20 booksellers. We also offer book collecting classes, we buy used books, and we even have an awesome children’s section. Swing by, pull up a comfy chair, meet our dog, Lola, and see what you can find! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Books, toys, & gifts for kids & teens.

Shop at MATTER
  • Shop at MATTER
  • 2134 Market St.
  • City: Denver
  • Phone: (303) 893-0330
  • Type: New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Feminist, LGBT
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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The Shop at MATTER is an independent, Black- and woman-owned bookstore serving the book needs of all revolutionaries, designers, and other thinking persons. We specialize in Typography, Design, Resistance, and Love-Centric books and products. Carefully curated objects, tools, and titles made by people and businesses we love, including rare finds from our travels around the world.

Tattered Cover
  • Tattered Cover
  • 2526 E Colfax Ave.
  • City: Denver
  • Phone: (303) 322-7727
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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A locally owned business with an unwavering commitment to the customer and the community, the Tattered Cover is a bookstore and much more. Our three unique locations each offer personal service, an extraordinary selection of books, coffee shops serving breakfast and lunch, extensive newsstands, and author appearances nearly every day. Visit www.tatteredcover.com for locations, information, and convenient on-line shopping for books and e-books.

West Side Books is an independent bookstore located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of northwest Denver since 1998. We carry new, used, rare and collectable books.

Maria’s Bookshop, a locally-owned, indie bookstore, is located on historic Main Avenue in downtown Durango, Colorado.

Fine collection of used books and ephemera, encompassing all subject matters. Everything from nice 1/2 price paperback novels to fine antiquarian 1st edition books. We have also been into antique and used goods for 35 years. A most eclectic shop!

Used books & all things curious. We buy, sell, and trade. Find us on the river trail.

Independently Owned, Locally Flavored, Community Minded

Goddess Isis Books & Gifts
  • Goddess Isis Books & Gifts
  • 2775 S. Broadway
  • City: Englewood
  • Phone: (303) 761-8627
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Feminist, Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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The grand old lady of spiritually oriented stores, Isis Books and Gifts has been a Denver landmark for over 30 years.

Macdonald Book Shop

Macdonald Book Shop is an independent, historic bookstore in the heart of downtown Estes Park, Colorado. In business since 1928, we carry a wide variety of general fiction, nonfiction, newspapers, magazines, maps, hiking and nature guides, and much more!

HearthFire Books and Treats
  • HearthFire Books and Treats
  • Bergen Village Shopping Ctr - 1254 Bergen Pkwy, Ste. D118
  • City: Evergreen
  • Phone: (303) 670-4549
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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We are Evergreen’s only full service bookstore and the locals’ favorite place to attend events, and to have their “mind, spirit and imagination” sparked with great books and great writing.

Book Lover’s is a locally owned, used book store. We sell and trade used books. Bring us some books and we’ll see if we can give you some store credit.

Old Firehouse Books
  • Old Firehouse Books
  • 232 Walnut St.
  • City: Fort Collins
  • Phone: (970) 484-7898
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Named after the historic building we call home, Old Firehouse Books is a local, independent bookstore in Fort Collins, Colorado. We sell both new books and used books, which helps us have the best selection of titles in town. On the chance we do not have the book you are looking for here in the store we also special order new books. We take pride in being a part of both the Fort Collins community, and the independent bookselling community. For that reason we are members of the Better Business Bureau, Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Association, Indie Bound, and Be Local Northern Colorado.

The Next Page Bookstore is located in beautiful Frisco, Colorado on “The Main Street of the Rockies.” At The Next Page, we strive to keep our focus on the traditional strengths of an independent bookseller—a great selection of books, personalized and friendly service, a knowledgeable staff, and a deep commitment to the community that we serve.

Lithic Bookstore & Gallery. Poetry. Art. Bookmakers. We regularly host literary readings, theater, lectures, workshops and live music.

  • Grand Valley Books
  • 350 Main St.
  • City: Grand Junction
  • Phone: (970) 424-5437
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork
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Established in 2010 as a sister store to Twice Upon A Time Bookshop, Grand Valley Books offers a curated collection of vintage and modern titles, with a focus on regional and western history, and Native American topics. We carry both new and gently used books. Stop in and find the perfect book, or discover a new interest.

Books by, for, and about the West. Visit us for author events, storytimes, and more.

  • Bookworm
  • 211 N. Main St.
  • City: Gunnison
  • Phone: (970) 641-3693
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Retail Bookstore in Downtown Gunnison. We sell books, maps, games, greeting cards, puzzles, moleskine journals, journals, local author books, and much more!

Inklings and More Bookstore
  • Inklings and More Bookstore
  • 221 N. Interocean Ave.
  • City: Holyoke
  • Phone: (970) 854-3153
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Inklings and More is a small independent bookstore in Northeastern Colorado that boasts old book charm with a fresh, clean atmosphere that is also cozy and inviting. We believe that books are magical and we love what we do! Thank you for your support and for you business!

  • The Read Queen
  • 129 N. Harrison Ave.
  • City: Lafayette
  • Phone: (303) 974-5978
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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New, used, and rare books, unique toys and accouterments for all ages, Leanin’ Tree cards, Colorado gifts and postcards, journals and office supplies. We offer appraisals on antiquarian books.

For Heaven’s Sake is stocked with a wide range of new age and metaphysical books, gifts and supplies to meet all your spiritual needs.

Full Moon Books is an independent, locally-owned bookstore located just off 6th Avenue in the heart of Lakewood. We offer a wide selection of popular fiction, non-fiction, and metaphysical books as well as unique gifts and accessories.

Rosemary's Baby Bookstore
  • Rosemary's Baby Bookstore
  • 1430 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
  • City: Lakewood
  • Phone: (303) 986-8799
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Rosemary’s Baby is a fine used bookstore located at 1430 S. Wadsworth Blvd Lakewood, Co. since 1991. We have a large selection of used books and audio books.

Tattered Cover
  • Tattered Cover
  • 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr.
  • City: Littleton
  • Phone: (303) 470-7050
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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A locally owned business with an unwavering commitment to the customer and the community, the Tattered Cover is a bookstore and much more. Our three unique locations each offer personal service, an extraordinary selection of books, coffee shops serving breakfast and lunch, extensive newsstands, and author appearances nearly every day. Visit www.tatteredcover.com for locations, information, and convenient on-line shopping for books and e-books.

Barbed Wire Books
  • Barbed Wire Books
  • 504 Main St.
  • City: Longmont
  • Phone: (303) 827-3620
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Barbed Wire Books is Longmont’s largest book store (5800 square feet!). Our award-winning store is a favorite of all ages. We carry both new and used books and our specialty is locating rare and out of print books for our clients. We can help appraise your collection, as well. We carry artisan works of local people, vintage jewelry, music and more. We host live music, book signings, intellectual groups and book clubs. Barbed Wire Books has something for everyone!

  • Book Haven
  • 680 E 29th St
  • City: Loveland
  • Phone: (970) 667-6422
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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We are a local, family owned business. We sell new and used books and host author events. We have been in business for over seven years serving the Loveland area.

  • Covered Treasures Bookstore
  • 105 Second St.
  • City: Monument
  • Phone: (719) 481-2665
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Covered Treasures Bookstore, one of the only area independents carrying primarily new books, is a great place to sip a cup of coffee and take in the charm of downtown Monument. It carries a satisfying selection that encompasses hiking guides and regional favorites, current and classic fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books, greeting cards and journals, and also hosts events throughout the year.

Inkberry Books
  • Inkberry Books
  • 7960 Niwot Rd Ste B-3
  • City: Niwot
  • Phone: (720) 412-1548
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Feminist, Literary, Mystery
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Inkberry Books is a small, independent community-based bookstore in Niwot, Colorado. We feature art by Boulder County artists each month with a reception on First Friday, and often host live music. Our collection features first edition fine literary fiction and much more.

Locally-owned, community-oriented indie bookshop in historic downtown Niwot, CO. We sell books, toys, and gifts for the young and young at heart.

Ouray Bookshop is in the beautiful Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colorado. We carry a wide variety of books, from popular fiction to local interest and history.

Books Are Awesome is a locally-owned general bookstore offering Douglas County readers a great place to find their next amazing book. We offer new books for kids and adults. Something for everyone. Come experience our great space and kids corner.

  • Salida Books
  • 109 North F Street
  • City: Salida
  • Phone: (719) 626-1377
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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An indie bookstore, coffeehouse and bakery in glorious Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

  • Between the Covers
  • 212 W Colorado Ave
  • City: Telluride
  • Phone: (970) 728-4504
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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Books, Magazines, Newspapers. Maps, Cards, Journals, Gifts, Events. Cozy cafe in back with Wi-Fi. Website sells eBooks. Floors creak like a lonesome violin.

Welcome to Words of Windsor, a locally-owned, independent bookstore in Windsor, Colorado. Your local source for new books for all ages, gifts for book lovers, and journaling supplies. We can’t wait to meet you!