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Great Book Stores in Denver, Colorado

Updated on March 31, 2013
A markerTattered Cover Bookstore on the 16th St. Mall -
1628 16th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Tattered Cover Book Store in Historic Downtown Denver

Unique Features: This Tattered Cover Bookstore is in the historic Morey-Merchantile building from Denver's early days, now restored to feature a roaring fireplace surrounded by plush armchairs, books that ascend two stories high, antique furnishings, and soft lamplight to give it that warm home-like feel that is so necessary for reading. Often the bustling hub for all things literary, this bookstore features frequent book signings, authors' seminars and readings, lectures and presentations, and other community events. Also has a coffee shop and ponderous newsstand.

Where: at the end of the 16th Street Mall, at the corner of 16th Street and Wyncoop, which is near Union Station and Coors Field (see map, at right).

Parking: Storefront parking available, as well as hourly parking lots within a short walk from the store.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; and Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Contact: 303-436-1070

Website: Tattered Cover Book Store in LoDo Denver

Capitol Hill Books: the Best Used Bookstore in Denver

Unique Features: Capitol Hill Books may seem inconsequential to the unknowing eye, but this little shop has received 5280 Magazine's Best Denver Used Bookstore of the Year award, twice in a row! For 30 years locals have been browsing the store's organized and alphabetized sections, enjoying the unusual feel of being able to find exactly what they were looking for because they were looking in the right place. For a used books store, this one stands head and shoulders above the rest, according to customers.

Where: at the corner of Grant Street and Colfax (see map, below).

Parking: Unfortunately there are no large parking lots within a few blocks, since Capitol Hill Books really is at the foot of the little hill the state capitol is on. However, miscellaneous parking spots can usually be found along the neighboring streets.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Contact: 303-837-0700,

Website/Blog: Capitol Hill Books

Map to Capitol Hill Books

A markerCapitol Hill Books -
300 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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Johnson Reservoir, just outside Barnes and Noble
Johnson Reservoir, just outside Barnes and Noble

Map to Barnes and Noble in South Denver

A markerBarnes and Noble at Wadsworth and Bowles -
8136 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123, USA
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Barnes and Noble Book Store in South Denver with Lakefront View

Unique Features: This Barnes and Noble has an in-store Starbucks coffee shop in the center of the store surrounded by tables for two, with the individual book sections fanning out from the cafe. Other neat elements include free WiFi, a large selection of journals and magazines, and a storefront on Johnson Reservoir, the lake at Clement Park.

Where: At the southwest corner of Wadsworth and Bowles (see map, at right).

Parking: An expansive parking lot is located directly in front of the store.

Hours: Everyday 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Contact: 303-948-9565

Website: Barnes and Noble in Littleton, CO

Smokey, the Neighborhood Bookstore cat.
Smokey, the Neighborhood Bookstore cat.

Map to the Neighborhood Bookstore

A markerNeighborhood Book Store -
5661 S Curtice St, Littleton, CO 80120, USA
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Neighborhood Bookstore in Small Town, Old Town, Downtown Littleton

Unique Features: Located just off of downtown Littleton's historic Main Street, the Neighborhood Book Store sells gently used books and accepts trade-ins for credit towards purchases. This book store takes pride in it's alphabetically organized sections and its knowledgeable staff, managed by a large grey bookstore cat who, it is rumored, is illiterate. The Classics section is stocked full of treasures that classics-lovers rarely find. Other sections such as Religion, Science, and Biographies, are fairly small. Their books cover a range of prices, but usually lean towards the higher side for used books since the books are in such good condition.

Where: North of Main Street on Curtice in Historic Downtown Littleton (closest major intersection is Bowles and Santa Fe/85). See map, at right.

Parking: A small lot is available behind the shop, as well as curbside parking on Curtice Street.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Saturday through Monday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM .

Contact: 303-730-3682, or

Website: Neighborhood Bookstore

Map to Mardel in South Denver

A markerMardel -
4887 S Wadsworth Way, Littleton, CO 80123, USA
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Mardel Christian and Educational Materials Supply Store in South Denver

Unique Features: Mardel carries a large selection of homeschool curriculum and Christian educational materials, as well as the largest selection of Bibles any store carries in Denver. Though not just a Christian bookstore (Mardel carries Christian music, inspirational gifts, children's interest, crafts, stationary, and a few clothing items), the books section of this gigantic store is as large as a campus bookstore, carrying Christian biographies, theology, devotion works, classics, commentaries, history, and fiction. One downside to their selection is the lack of Puritan writings. The books are surprisingly affordable; the modern Christian won't need to "sell your beds and buy books!" as one historic Christian preacher advised his congregation. Other "perks"? Enjoy a free cup of coffee at the little cafe just inside the main doors.

Where: On Wadsworth, just north of Belleview, by Sam's Club and Hobby Lobby. See map, at right.

Parking: A large lot in front of the store always has convenient openings near the entrance.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Is not open on Sundays in order to keep the Lord's day holy (see Exodus 20:7).

Contact: 303-904-6015

Website: Mardel in Littleton


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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      SaMcNutt, I had no idea Half-Price Books was on Broadway! That's right in my area, I'll have to check it out! Bookstores are one of the best places to make memories with family. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      SaMcNutt 7 years ago from Englewood, CO

      Love Tattered. I really like a place called Half-Price Books in Englewood, just off Broadway. Have you been there? My nephew and I love playing hide and seek there.

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      Rose, always my pleasure to discuss books with you! I had a similar experience recently at the Neighborhood Bookstore—what a pity we didn't run into each other! Smokey the cat should've introduced us.

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      Nela, I'm no predictor of the future, but the mere fact that we choose to discuss this in black pixels on white screens and not in a paper and ink newspaper may forebode that the paper book will be an antique to our great grandchildren. Like you, many booklovers including myself do not look forward to that advent! Perhaps the children of Gutenberg had to convince their grandparents that stories are better told on paper than by mouth.

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      Angel, I will keep your Salida bookstore in mind! Thank you for the recommendation. Yes, the Tattered Cover is a meeting ground for many literary and intellectual discussions. Keep an eye on their calender if you're interested in attending any of them!

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      Bookstores are homes away from home! On a recent trip to Littleton, I had quite a lovely time exploring the Neighborhood Bookstore and making acquaintance with that beautiful cat. They had a good selection and range of books, and I would definitely go back again. I think I'll have to go back to Denver and try out the other bookstores - the Tattered Cover looks especially inviting. Thank you for a great hub!

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      Nela 7 years ago

      This renews my faith, that the electronic book will not replace an actual book. There is something special about visiting an actual book store. Thanks for sharing.

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      GodsAngel1 7 years ago

      It's not surprising that Tattered Cover is at the top of the list. I don't live in Denver, but through my position as Southern Colorado Literature Examiner, I converse with many Colorado authors, and many in the Denver area speak very highly of Tattered Cover as the meeting place of choice.

      By the way, if you are interested in the best Southern Colorado bookstore, I did a survey, and Book Haven, in Salida was the preferred bookstore, hands down.

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      rashad saber 7 years ago

      great work

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      Hello Simone, So glad you enjoyed this! I love good bookstores too, and rarely walk by one without thinking about going in. My goal was to make this a helpful and comprehensive guide to Denver bookstores that could help anyone looking for something specific know exactly where to go.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      I have such a weakness for good bookstores, and now I feel that if I were to ever visit Denver, I'd never be able to leave them- they're so cool! This is a great guide. I love the easy-to-follow formatting, the images, and the consistent notes on unique features, location, parking etc...