About our Bookstore in San Diego

Maxwell’s House of Books is an institution steeped in a long history of book lovers.  Located in the main business district of La Mesa known as the downtown village, we are proud to be a brick and mortar bookstore in San Diego where booklovers like you can get lost in the written word.

Craig Maxwell, owner and proprietor, opened his popular bookstore in San Diego after growing up with Vernon Wahrenbrock, his grandfather, who founded Wahrenbrock’s Book House in 1935. For many years, Vernon’s downtown location was the largest bookstore in San Diego. It is still recognized as an authentic city landmark.  Read more about our history.

Whether you’re looking to get lost in the thrill of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, read up on Egyptian history, political science, or sink your teeth into the Catcher in the Rye, we have a large selection of used books that educate, invigorate, and take their readers on amazing journeys.

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Looking for that hard to find title?

Let us help you find that elusive title. We have contacts around the country, and will be happy to locate a title for your collection.  Email us with Questions/Requests

We add new books daily. Come and visit us and check them out.

At our bookstore in San Diego, we stock over 30,000 titles, with special emphasis on:

  • Philosophy
  • Literary Criticism
  • History
  • Science
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Psychology & Sociology
  • Economic
  • Math

We also carry a large paperback selection of Science Fiction/Fantasy, Westerns and Mysteries


Store Hours

Tue-Sat – 10am-6pm
Sunday – 12am-5pm
Monday – Our day off, but we’re often open. (Just call ahead.)