About Us

Our Mission

Straddling the historic Philadelphia communities of Society Hill and Queen Village, Head House Books was founded in 2005 on the belief that no community is complete without the inspiration and exchange of ideas that only a locally-owned, independent bookstore can provide.  

Head House Books is resolutely committed to four core principles:

1) A fiercely curated selection rather than an overwhelming stock limited to that which sells quickly.

2) What we read truly matters—our shelves reflect this awareness.

3) Our ambiance and book-buying experience should be a journey of nuanced discovery that enriches, not deadens, the senses.

4) We honor our customers because they understand the reverberating value and necessity of local businesses to a vital community.

We are extremely proud to have been honored and recommended by many organizations and publications, including Best Bookstore by both Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Style. However, we are most proud of what our customers so often tell us: Thank you so much for being here. We love Head House Books. 

And we love you!