A Live-In Library


Two Denver booksellers have been saving for the last twenty years to launch the Rocky Mountain Land Library. With more than 32,000 volumes, the couple envision a live-in research institution with a focus on western land, history, industry, and writers. They are now renovating a ranch near Garo, Colorado and plan to organize the books by theme in various buildings around the property. Researchers will stay in tents or small rooms in the former ranch hand’s bunkhouse and share meals in a mess hall.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →