Lost and found at Capitol Hill Books


Find that glorious book smell and feel

Are you missing something? Feeling like you need to find a way to ignite your imagination? Does it seem like you lost the sense of wonder and curiosity? Want to learn a new skill or discover new information?

Eye of World

Imagination found!

Fortunately, Capitol Hill Books is here to help you find those things again. We have 35,000 books in every nearly every subject and genre.

We put up a few posters around town so that you can be reminded of what you can find at Capitol Hill Books. If you came to this web site, because of one of those posters, you’re in luck. All you have to do to start your search is to click here , or simply come into our store at 300 E. Colfax, Denver, CO or call us at 303.837.0700. Start turning what was lost into what is found.

Top of the Town with Capitol Hill Books

Perfectly cluttered in every way.

For the second year in a row, the reader’s of 5280 Magazine have voted Capitol Hill Books as the best used bookstore in Denver. We’re proud to continue receiving awards after 30 years at our wonderful location, which as 5280 noted is “situated between a gritty stretch of Colfax and the more polished veneer of downtown.”

We’re just happy to have customers that appreciate our “Perfectly cluttered bookshelves,” and keep returning to our store even when new technologies present entirely different reading options than we can offer.

So thanks to 5280 Magazine, its readers and to our customers who continue to value books and our bookstore throughout our 30 years in business.

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.

Where do you like to read?

Apparently Virgil likes to read in a very small room.

Apparently Virgil likes to read in a very small room.

Reading, like everything else in life, has its own routine. For me, reading is my routine. I use it to fill in the gaps of time when I am about to do something else. So you’ll catch me reading on the light rail, or waiting for the bus, or while eating on my lunch breaks. In fact my favorite place to read probably is on trains: the momentum of the train matching the forward motion of my brain.

But we all have places we like to read. Holly likes to read in front of a cozy fireplace. Jae prefers the Dazbog coffee shop on 17th Avenue so she can take breaks from the pages and play with the numerous animals that mingle on the patio.

Our online Tweet friends have their favorite places too. @TheLivingEnd prefers a balcony with a great view of the mountains and a refreshing, cool drink while reading.

@BethPartin enjoys reading at two Denver landmarks: Confluence Park and the Tattered Cover. Those are both great places for people watching while reading: maybe pretending that the serial killer in your mystery is the guy in the business suit suspiciously walking on the edge of the Platte.

And @nonvivant likes a bit of libation while reading, preferring to read in a little bar on a quiet night. May I recommend Gabor’s on a weeknight?

So what are your favorite places to read? Do you like to be isolated or around people? Prefer indoors or outdoors? A brightly lit room, or just a single lamp illuminating your pages? Because we love to talk about books but we rarely talk about how we read books and that is maybe just as important.