About MPIBA and Our Mission

The mission of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association is to support, educate,  and promote independent bookstores in our region, raise awareness of the value of independent, locally owned businesses in our communities, and celebrate diversity and an open exchange of ideas in literary culture.

We are a non-profit professional association of bookstores, booksellers, publishers, authors, and industry professionals. The Association began over fifty years ago in Denver, Colorado, and has grown to represent hundreds of bookstores across fourteen western and mid-western states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.