Barbed Wire Books


504 Main Street   Longmont, Co 80501


About Us

Barbed Wire Books is Longmont’s largest book store. We sell new and used books at substantially less than chain bookstores.


We 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, provide your classrooms with books (ask about our teacher's discounts). Let us help with appraisals and assistance in building your collection.


Come here to see an array of local artists' works; textiles by a variety of artists include unique wall hangings, custom clothing, wood carvings, stained glass, purses and bags, scarves and bookmarks. We also have a collection of vintage and new jewelry.


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


Kathe Heinecken, the proud owner of Barbed Wire Books, has been involved with books her entire life. Her first job was in a bookstore, wrapping books at Christmas at age 14. 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 at 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!   


Our Staff -







Loiosh - Advertiser Extraordinaire

(pictured at right - he occasionally

pays the store a visit!)




Just what a bookstore should be – friendly, helpful, a great place to hang out, and full of books. --- Cindy

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.

Loiosh stone books

Job Opportunities

Sometimes we do have open positions.  If you are interested, please write a short essay as to why you think you'd be a great addition to the store. We keep all essays on file for future reference.

Thank you!


Above: We have an entire section dedicated to NEW books. We keep the New York Times best sellers plus many more new titles.