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As Longmont’s largest book store, not only do we sell new books, we also accept gently used books in exchange for trade credit which can be used to purchase other used books. See our Trade Policy

We can locate out-of-print books for you, order new books, or provide classrooms with books (ask about our teacher's discounts). Let us help with appraisals and assistance in building your collection. 

In addition, we feature readings, author signings, and small literary group gatherings.  Please see our calendar page for the current listings.

Kathe Heinecken

Proud owner of Barbed Wire Books.

Kathe has been involved with books her entire life. At age 14, her first job was in a bookstore, wrapping books at Christmas. She then worked with gifted kids for many years, introducing her students to both reading and writing. She has volunteered for various libraries and worked in a used book store for about four years before deciding to open her own store. She has a great deal of knowledge about books and authors and is happy to make recommendations. Ask her to tell you the story about the mudslide and the overdue library books!   

Barbed Wire Books is, at once, a purveyor of plots, potboilers, and prose of all kinds, a curator of cookbooks, characters, and childhood memories, and a sanctuary for ideas, diversion, and the lost art of browsing.