“In the event of an apocalypse, I want to be trapped here.”

- Anonymous BWB customer 

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Celebrating our 10th anniversary on the 26th of this month!

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
— -William Shakespeare

Our parade float won first in our division! It was such a blast!


We are very excited to announce our event series BWB PRESENTS! There will be an event held on the first Thursday of every month.

Have a poem or a song or short story or a magic trick or a joke you've been dying to try out in front of an audience? Well here's your chance!

Sign up sheet will be available at 5:45! The Open Mic will start at 6:15 in the Hobbit Hole!

Our next event will be held on Thursday, November 7th, 2019.

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Local Authors

Marcus Emerit Newton’s book, Meadian Standard Time, is available at BWB! Feel free to stop in for it or contact us through this website (click About tab then Contact) and send us an email. We are happy to ship, as well, if necessary.

This book is the perfect companion to his brother Ron’s two books on growing up in a family of 20 children.

Marcus Emerit Newton tells stories of the first eighteen years of his life in Mead. Each chapter is in the form of a short essay that he originally wrote in the 1990’s for the Greeley Daily Tribune. Collectively referring to himself and his characters as Meadheads, Newton humorously recalls memories about himself, his family, schoolmates, farmers and other community folks.

Longmont’s largest bookstore

Barbed Wire Books youngest reader!

Barbed Wire Books youngest reader!

Barbed Wire Books, located in the historic downtown district at 504 Main Street, is Longmont’s largest book store. An independently owned business since 2009, we sell new and used books at prices substantially less than those found in chain book stores. We feature local authors and craftsfolk and support our community in many ways.

People ask, “Why Barbed Wire Books”? I want to pay tribute to the West. Some might say that without barbed wire, none of us would be here. And Colorado was certainly a part of the wild west. That’s all.

Used Books.

Our used book section is extensive, totalling about 75,000 titles and well over 5,000 square feet, and comprises out-of-print, rare and unique titles.  We stock genres from Art History to Western Americana and everything in between.  Our children’s section has been called one of the best in the country!

New Books.

Our new book section is over a thousand square feet of current titles in fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and gifts.  We carry bestsellers, classics, the old stand-bys and also have a wide array of local Colorado interest books.  There's even a special section devoted to Pop-Up books! We carry the work of approximately 150 local authors, as well.


Meet Barb Dwyer

Barb Dwyer, our somewhat animated spokeperson, hangs out in our front window and helps us promote the books of the moment. She and her cohorts have been known to get in some trouble now and then but for the most part she’s just a good, solid gal.


Colorado Proud


Come browse our wide array of local and Colorado interest books, new and used. Our Western Americana section will occupy you for a considerable time! We carry maps of local areas and guides to instruct you on the flora and fauna, geology, weather and tourist interests of the area.

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