A room without books is like a body without a soul. - Cicero
Denver’s not a bad town if you like outdoors, inters, and hippies. But really it’s not too bad for used books too. I’ve found some of the best stores with the most interesting character and culled them for your benefit, Mr. Bibliophile. Here’s the top 4 used bookstores in the Denver area. One is the best. You must choose wisely.
As anyone who’s helped me move can tell you, I know books. I love them and I adorn my house with them. They are my favorite part of life (next to my girlfriend of course).
Capitol Hill Books – This store is one floor, full of mostly soft cover fiction. They don’t purchase used books, but they’ll take them for store credit. It’s not the largest in town, but they’ve been around for a while, and are members of the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association. This store is easily accessible from either Colfax & Grant.
A nice quirky store down on the Broadway antique run (just north of I-25 and south of downtown), Mutiny Now! is a great place to find books while sipping on a coffee. The place also has a number of local politically-charged paintings adorning the walls, is manned at any given time by any number of eccentric clerks, and as the name implies, contains a large amount of political books. This is definitely your place if you’re interested in either Bukowski or Marx.
The Denver Book Mall – This cool unique store located on Broadway is organized differently than the other bookstores above. Here, each seller (and there are over 15) has a section of the store, and their books are then organized by subject. The genres range from children’s books to natural history to military to film noir.
Fahrenheit’s Books is a bibliophile’s dream. This place is so eclectic it strains your memory (and usually your checkbook). Usually I end up going and buying at least 5 books. The store really has so much to choose from, but they have an “emphasis on Vintage Paperbacks, Science Fiction, Metaphysics, History, Western Americana and Fiction.”
If you don’t find something here you like when browsing, there’s not much else this guide can help you with. This picture is of their old place before their move. When the new site is up and running, I’ll update it so you can find it even easier. The old address is 52 Broadway, and the new address is at 210 South Broadway. Go there! Now!