The Book House was founded by Michelle Barron in 1986. Family owned and operated for over 30 years, we were located in an historic Victorian house built in 1863.  

The original store closed its doors in September 2013, but after months of waiting, hard work, and raising funds, and support from our loyal customers, our new location at 7352 Manchester Rd, Maplewood MO 63143 is officially open for business!


We have over 350,000 books  (about 20% listed online) acquired from hundreds of collections, auctions, and suppliers over the last 30 years. Come browse our extensive and eclectic mix of quality rare, out-of-print, new, and used books located in the heart of historic downtown Maplewood, surrounded by local independent businesses, restaurants and bars.


Expect the unexpected and come with plenty of time to explore. We have books in all subject areas from rare first editions and early printed books to the latest children’s books and novels, especially large history, literature, religion, philosophy, and science fiction sections, and incredible clearance bargains.  Knowledgeable staff,  special orders, out of print booksearches, and professional appraisals. We ship worldwide. 


Voted Best of St. Louis and St. Louis A-List 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013, Member of American Booksellers Association (ABA),  Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWBA), Independent Online Booksellers Associaiton (IOBA)    


A portion of the proceeds support Second Chapter Life Center for young adults with Developmental Disabilities and the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition. We take donations of quality used books anytime during regular business hours.