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Harvard Book Store

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Wander around and get lost in the books

There's nothing like an old fashion bookstore. This place is great and it's fun to wander around... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
Quincy, Illinois
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Amazing cavern of Books!

After my Harvard Tour it was only right to visit the Harvard book store. Not as impressive layout... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2018
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1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3820
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Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

There's nothing like an old fashion bookstore. This place is great and it's fun to wander around and get lost for an hour looking through their great selection. They also offer some used books. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Thank mfbarthe
Reviewed July 17, 2018

I always love finding independent bookstores and asking for recommendations. The staff here were not particularly helpful - one said he didn't read fiction and suggested I try somebody else who was not particularly interested. A book with a staff recommendation label was out of...More

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Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

After my Harvard Tour it was only right to visit the Harvard book store. Not as impressive layout wise as the Coop but impressive on selection. I enjoyed perusing the shelves so much I went back the next day to make my purchases. The staff...More

Thank Mikerainsford
Reviewed May 28, 2018

This place is truly a dangerous place, especially if you love independent bookstores! I was out wandering around in Cambridge when the group I was with spotted this place. In we went to look and look! I found it hard to resist temptation so many...More

Thank Brian R
Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Visited years ago. This is still a paradise for nerds of all types. The upstairs is all new books and the dungeon below, a treasure trove of used books of all kinds. So fun to see it again and spend an hour browsing among the...More

1  Thank Anders B
Reviewed January 3, 2018

If you are visiting Harvard Square, and want to see a real local bookstore, forget the coop, which is a re-branded Barnes and Noble. The Harard Bookstore is the real deal. A classic independent bookstore with a good pulse on the local community -- namely,...More

1  Thank CHMassachusetts
Reviewed October 18, 2017

I order all my books through Harvard Book Store now just to support them. Their speaker series is incredible, their selection is excellent, their staff is genuinely enthusiastic, and they really work to foster a sense of community. Just a perfect all-around book store.

Thank travelinghammitt
Reviewed October 8, 2017

As we planned this trip to Cambridge from Ohio, we checked on the events happening at Harvard Book Store and we were happy to note that we would be able to attend an author lecture. We love to come to this bookstore - not only...More

Thank yoohoo614
Reviewed September 30, 2017

The Harvard Book Store offers a wide selection of new and used books. Interesting, high-quality hardcover and paperback books. Used books on the lower level. Plenty of helpful staff.

Thank V V
Reviewed September 28, 2017

Not many independent bookstores like this one anymore; feels almost like an anachronism. If you are in the area, stop by and see stacks of books!

Thank rzsandoval
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