Welcoming our small-business supporting customers.

We’ve put out our welcome mat for customers who want to support our small business.

You don’t last more than 30 years as a small business without the support of thousands of customers over that time. We know that there are a lot of people out there who drive past the Wal-mart and log off of Amazon and instead support real businesses in their communities. And we just want to thank those people.

As always, we offer low prices and friendly customer service. We also try to be one of those interesting, eclectic businesses that just don’t exist online or at the big-box. That’s why we greet our customers with a Godzilla, provide staff recommendations for books, offer hand-lettered gift certificates by our resident calligrapher, select a thoughtful assortment of interesting postcards and gifts. We basically do everything a bit differently here and we’re glad a lot of people seem to appreciate that.

So this holiday season consider choosing those cool, local businesses in your community. All of us will certainly welcome your support.

Find enlightenment at Capitol Hill Books

Don’t know the difference between Theravada and Mahayana? Trying to figure out the Three Jewels, the Four Noble Truths or the Noble Eightfold Path? Looking for the “answer” and only having more questions?

Many of our books are currently in our third window display, so be sure to check out the side of our store that faces Colfax to see the full selection.

Capitol Hill Books can help. We’ve just received dozens of Eastern Religion, Buddhism, Zen and Meditation books that explain the various traditions and can help you better understand these fascinating and useful spiritual concepts.

Whether you’re trying to find knowledge of Avidya or understand Sola Scriptura, Capitol Hill Books always keeps a well-stocked inventory of religious books. Those books are always available on our web site and can be searched by subject here.

Capitol Hill Books: Official online source of Phil Goodstein’s Denver history books.

Phil’s latest is a history of Denver’s great Park Hill neighborhood

Capitol Hill Books is proud to be the official online source of Phil Goodstein’s marvelous books on Denver history.

From the “Spirits of South Broadway” to the “Ghosts of Capitol Hill,” Phil’s books describe the in-depth history of the city from the bottom up. He explores not just the rich and powerful, but also Denver’s crime, corruption and all of its glorious “Seamy side.”

Phil is Denver’s foremost historian and is famous for his vivid walking tours of Denver’s neighborhoods. His books offer a in-depth look at those neighborhoods, showing their history based on the experiences of the real people who live and work there.

His latest book is Park Hill Promise: Quest for an Idyllic Denver Neighborhood, an examination of the very neighborhood where Phil was raised. Phil elucidates residents’ quest to make the “perfect” Denver neighborhood of beautiful parkways, majestic homes and racial and ethnic integration free of strife. The book details the successes and failures of that ideal. Of course, Park Hill Promise also traces the general history of the neighborhood from its beginnings as a land claim staked by an eccentric German baron to its current status as a neighborhood trying to bridge together diverse racial and ethnic groups into one community.

Capitol Hill Books carries several of Goodstein’s other titles including his popular 2011 book about Denver’s North Side. You can easily search for his books on our web site here. Simply type “Phil Goodstein” into the search box and choose “Author” in the drop-down box marked “Search by.”

From there, you can order books directly from our web site. A friendly Capitol Hill Books representative will contact you via phone or e-mail where we can arrange an in-store pick up of the book or ship the book to you almost anywhere in the United States for a minimal shipping fee.

Of course, you can always call us at 303-837-0700 to order Phil’s books from us directly over the phone.

Are you ready to delve into Denver’s weird and fascinating history? Look no further than the books of Phil Goodstein, available online at CapitolHillBooks.com

For information about Phil’s educational walking tours please visit his tour web site.

Last minute holiday shopping?

Your "Glad Recipient" will think you're a "Thoughtful Gift Giver" with one of these versatile gift certificates.


What precisely do you get your great aunt Edna, you know, the one who your only interaction with is an occasional squeeze on the cheek? What about your co-worker Bobby who you know nothing about except that you picked his name for the work secret Santa? What about your dentist? Or your really good friend who you know is an avid reader but forget exactly what she is an avid reader of?

There are dozens of people in our lives that appreciate a warm holiday gift even if we don’t know exactly what it should be or at precisely what temperature. And it’s especially hard to figure out when you wait until the last minute to get your presents. That’s why Capitol Hill Books offers gift certificates. Our gift certificates are available in any denomination you’d like and are good for anything in the store. Plus, they are written out in hand calligraphy for that extra decorative touch. We’re also more than happy to mail your gift certificate to anybody anywhere in the U.S. You can even pay for your gift certificate over the phone. Just call us at 303.837.0700

And since we have books on almost every subject, you can be sure that a Capitol Hill Books gift certificate would be appreciated by everyone from your uncle Larry to your aunt Louise.

Book shipping at Capitol Hill Books


“Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things.” Julie Andrews was onto something when she sang that snippet. Who doesn’t get an anticipatory thrill when they discover that a package has arrived at their doorstep?

We at Capitol Hill Books savor providing people with their favorite things no matter if they live two blocks or two states away from us. That is why we offer shipping services to our customers for any purchases made at Capitol Hill Books. As long as the address is in the United States, we can ship anywhere (Well…almost anywhere. We can’t ship to prisons).

We package our orders right at our on-site shipping facilities and you can be sure that our packaging is done professionally using high-quality materials to protect the contents inside. We can ship individual books or dozens of books and only charge a nominal fee to cover the shipping cost and materials. We primarily use low-cost media mail for shipping books, but we can often ship items using USPS expedited mail for a quicker delivery time.

So whether you are an out-of-town visitor wanting to ship books home or a local wanting to surprise a loved-one with a brown-paper package, look to Capitol Hill Books to provide professional packing services for your books and gifts.

Call us at 303.837.077 or email us at info@capitolhillbooks.com for more information about our shipping services.

Here is a sneak peek at our basement shipping facilities. It's where the magic happens.

Movies and Books: Peanut Butter and Jelly for Intellectuals

Tickets to the movie "Hereafter," and some books about the subject too.


We love movies at Capitol Hill Books. I for one am an opposite reader. I’ll watch a movie and immediately want to read the book it’s adapted from. “Wow!” I said after watching Jurassic Park. “I’ve got the Cliff Notes version of dinosaur DNA from this movie, now I want Michael Crichton to describe it to me in mundane scientific detail.”

We have absolutely no problem helping people who think the same way. Whether watching a movie makes you want to read a book or if you want to prepare yourself for the fall movie season by being able to compare “The Social Network” to Ben Mezrich’s “Accidental Billionaires: The Story of Facebook,” we got exactly what you need.

In fact, we can even get you free tickets to some movies. We just got free passes to an upcoming screening of the Clint Eastwood movie “Hereafter,” starring Matt Damon. We’re super grateful to Warner Bros. for providing these wonderful free screener tickets for our customers (while supplies last). And if you’re interested in the “Hereafter” after watching “Hereafter,” we have many books about amazing psychic exploration of the afterlife.

We also have Aron Ralston’s book “Between a Rock and Hard Place,” soon to be made into “127 Hours,” a movie starring James Franco and directed by Danny Boyle or “Slumdog Millionaire.” We also have Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which will be adapted by the creative visionary Julie Taymor.

This fall and winter, be sure to check out the stories behind your favorite movies at Capitol Hill Books.

Hold history in your hands.

Everyone's headed to the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair

Capitol Hill Books is a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association or RMABA. Members of this group are among the highest quality sellers of rare and antiquarian books in the country.

On August 6th and 7th, RMABA is putting on its annual Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair at the Denver Merchandise Mart. The fair is one of the nation’s premier events for anyone interested in collecting quality antiquarian books and ephemera. And although Capitol Hill Books will not be able to attend this year’s fair, we strongly encourage people to check out the merchants that will be in attendance.

And for people who are in Denver to check out the festival, we’d love for you to stop by Capitol Hill Books. Even though we won’t be selling at the fair, we still have a great selection of rare and antiquarian books including more than two dozen books published in the 1800s. And even in this digital age, holding a decades or even centuries old book is a thing of beauty.

Don’t look a gift book in the mouth

We have dozens of new and as new gift books on a wide variety of subjects including history, science, kids books, cooking and much much more.

We have dozens of new and as new gift books on a wide variety of subjects including history, science, kids books, cooking and much much more.


Did you know that the phrase “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” comes from the fact that a horse’s teeth extend out of its jaw the older it gets. Therefore when you are looking a gift-horse in the mouth, you are assessing how old it is instead of just accepting it in good faith.
Or we have an assortment of 15% off new books featuring bestsellers and quirky conversation starters.

Or we have an assortment of 15% off new books featuring bestsellers and quirky conversation starters.


We here at Capitol Hill Books have a similar philosophy with books. We have thousands of books in superb condition that are the perfect presents for any occasion, including some gift-giving holidays around the corner. Most of the books are used but still in great condition and certainly the content of the book is as fresh as ever if it’s simply a good piece of literature. We’re sure your friends and family would hardly care that the book has been read before.
You can always make your own gifts using these craft and how-to books as your guide and inspiration.

You can always make your own gifts using these craft and how-to books as your guide and inspiration.


But even if they do, Capitol Hill Books is still a has the gifts they want. Due to some trades with some of our store’s friends, we have hundreds of new, or like new books that have never been read by anyone before but can still be had at discounted used book prices. These include some awesome craft, cooking, kids, history, and even books on horses. We also have new gift items like notebooks, journals, cards and magnets that are quirky and affordable stocking-stuffers.
If you need something unique, look no further than our glass cases. They hold  collectible books, like these vintage miniature Shakespeare plays.

But if you need something unique, look no further than our glass cases. They hold collectible books, like these miniature vintage Shakespeare plays.


And we even have a handful of new books including some bestsellers that are discounted 15 percent off the cover price.

But what if you have a loved-one who wants something different? We have a diverse range of rare and antiquarian books to ensure a gift as unique as they are.

Best of all, you can usually save a lot of money buying a book or gift item at Capitol Hill Books over than buying that same item at a new bookstore for new book prices. Your gift receiver probably won’t even know you bought it “used.” And unlike a horse, we promise that when you look at a gift book in the mouth, it won’t bite.

Meet your bookstore: Holly

Holly relaxing after her long journey.

Holly relaxing after her long journey.


Here is the story of Holly. Once upon a time, Holly went on an adventure across the world. First she attempted her lifelong dream of being the most proficient ex-pat Paris ingenue, but realized she could never match Jane Birkin’s pout. So she traveled across the world to Japan and became a bar-hostess, because she wanted to see a Godzilla in person. But the dang thing took too long to show up, so Holly left for New Zealand or as her best friend Anne Perry likes to call it “Borovnia.”

Unfortunately, the never-ending sublime beauty just got to be too much to look at, so Holly sojourned to the bleak and hardscrabble Montana wilderness where she ran a fly fishing shop. Yet the lure of fishing only lasts so long and Holly just wanted to read a good book. She left for Denver and worked at another bookstore before cajoling and wheedling herself a job at Capitol Hill Books.

After a few years of Ronsonol exposure, Holly decided it would be a good idea to run the place herself. Now Holly says her adventuring days are over and considers it a big deal when she leaves the county. But underneath her thick glasses lies a soul full of restlessness and wanderlust and nobody should be surprised if the end of the adventure of Holly continues for a long, long time.

The end?

PS. This summary may or may not reflect the actual view Holly has on her own life since it was written by one of her slacker employees Julio.