Independent Bookstore Day

One Day. Fifty States. Hundreds Of Bookstores.

Join The Celebration!

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Nowhere else. Find a list of these items below!

Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day with The Crowded Bookshelf

  • Enjoy FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more all day
  • Spend $25 on books and receive 20% off one non-book item
  • Purchase an Indie Exclusive item (see below!) and receive 10% off the most expensive book in your order
  • Participate in our Bookstore Passport for a chance to win prizes! More details below
  • Every order placed on Independent Bookstore Day will receive a coupon for 20% off a pie from Renee the Baker! 

Indie Bookstore Day Bookstore Passport 

Discover some of the great bookstores Fort Collins and the Northern Colorado area have to offer! Use our Bookstore Passport to explore shops carrying books in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and Windsor. Support great local businesses and be entered for a chance to win great prizes! 

Download and print a copy of the passport below. Participating stores will have a limited number of hard copies on hand. 


Visit 4 Fort Collins stores, be entered to win a $10 gift card to The Crowded Bookshelf

Visit all 6 Fort Collins stores, be entered to win a $15 gift card to The Crowded Bookshelf 

Visit 4 Fort Collins stores and one out of town store, be entered to win a $20 gift card to The Crowded Bookshelf 

Visit all 10 stores, be entered to win a $25 gift card to The Crowded Bookshelf 

A big THANK YOU to Gryphon Games & Comics, Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys, Book Haven, The Midnight Oil, and Words of Windsor for donating prizes for our Bookstore Passport! Visit one (or all) of these stores and you will be entered to win their donated prize. Even if one of these stores is the only store you visit, you will still be entered to win. 

You can email your completed passport to or send it via Instagram @thecrowdedbookshelffc

IBD Spirit Week! 

Join us for the first Indie Bookstore Day Spirit Week! Share your photos on Instagram and tag us (@thecrowdedbookshelffc). You can share your photos with the rest of the book community using #BookstoreSpiritWeek.

Daily Themes:

  • Monday the 25th : Crazy Hat Day
  • Tuesday the 26th: Plaid Day (Just like on “Plaid Friday,” the idea is to weave individual threads — as in local businesses and customers — together into a beautiful blended fabric.) 
  • Wednesday the 27th : On Wednesdays We Wear Bookstore Shirts (or IBD Shirts!) (We will be giveing away and IBD shirt!)
  • Thursday the 28th: Dress Up as Your Favorite Book Character 
  • Friday the 29th: Pajama Day