We are a local, independent bookstore located in historic downtown Bozeman. We are the place where people go to feel part of their community, of something bigger than themselves, a place to experience the power of literature and conversation, a place to feel safe, not judged, and encouraged to explore ideas and identities. We are the bookstore everyone dreams of — two floors of hand-selected volumes, knowledgeable, caring staff, and events to expand horizons.
The Country Bookshelf was first founded in 1957 by Polly Renne in a small shop just off Tracy Avenue, and after several years, Marguerite Kirk relocated the store to the White Chapel on West Main Street. Mary Jane DiSanti, owner of the bookstore for 36 years, then purchased the store and later moved it back downtown in 1986 to its current location, renovating and expanding the space which would eventually become a landmark. In 2010, Mary Jane transferred ownership to Ariana Paliobagis, who has continued to make the bookstore one of the most knowledgeable, people-friendly bookstores around.
Ariana is on the board of our local Downtown Bozeman Association, a member of the Advisory Council for the Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at Montana State University, on planning committees for One Book One Bozeman, Children’s Festival of the Book, the Ivan Doig Symposium, and most recently on the awards committee for the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association.
Voted The BoZone's Best of Bozeman 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Voted Bozeman's Choice by Bozeman Magazine, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Voted Best Bookstore by the Bozeman Magpie
Voted Downtown Cornerstone Award for 2014
- Martha Stewart's Best Places to Find the Best Reads
- Paste Magazine's 17 Awesome Indie Bookstores
- .Mic's 19 of the World's Best Independent Bookstores
- Afar Magazine's The Best Indepedent Bookstores in the United States
The Country Bookshelf is a proud member of multiple organizations including:
Member of the Downtown Bozeman Associaton, in support of the city of Bozeman.
Member of Mountain and Plains Independent Book Association, a non-profit professional association of bookstores, booksellers, authors, and industry professionals.
Member of Pacfic Northwest Booksellers Association, a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of literacy, free speech and independent bookselling in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.