The Book House - Independent Community Bookstore and Community Center

The Book House is a history and book lover's paradise, family owned since 1986 and located on Old Route 66 in the downtown historic district of Maplewood, Missouri, just outside the St. Louis City Limits. Bookshelves line the walls from floor to ceiling in two story historic Newberry's building.   Antique elements from the original location (a pre-civil war Victorian gothic house) still decorate the walls as well as murals from local artists.    

The Book House is a full service bookstore carrying  over 300,000  New, old, rare, and unusual books in all categories. They are also partnered up with local non-profit  Second Chapter Center and the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition  to collect and sell used books to help kids in need. They also work closely with local schools and literacy groups.    

The Book House  hosts local musicians and Improv theater performances every week as well as book signings, discussion groups, story-time,  and workshops. They also participate in the Green Pure Power Community Initiative for sustainable energy.


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Latitude: 38.612932 Longitude: -90.318481 Elevation: 517 ft
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Michelle Barron

Seasons Open

Open all year

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

The Book House was founded by Michelle Barron, a young single mother of two small children, in 1986. The Book House was originally located in a pre-Civil War historic Victorian farmhouse complete with resident ghosts!

But, the building was sold by the landowner and torn down in 2013, forcing Michelle and her business to move to a new location. With tremendous community support, The Book House relocated into a wonderful community neighborhood of Maplewood, Missouri, which is just down the road from the original location. Since then, we have been expanding and remodeling the new space (which is also an old historic building!) and The Book House is now bigger and more vibrant than ever before.

Accessibility Notes

Fully handicap accessible  

Pet Friendly Notes

Pet and animal friendly. Well-behaved pets are always welcome. We do not currently have a store cat, but have had a couple in the past. Sometimes staff bring their pets to work. 

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