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Harvard Book Store

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Address: 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3820
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+1 617-661-1515
10:00 - 22:00
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The quintessential bookstore! Upstairs, all the new books. Downstairs, the used books. In the back, a super computer that will PRINT a book for you, and nifty scraps to use as... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Fran A
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The quintessential bookstore! Upstairs, all the new books. Downstairs, the used books. In the back, a super computer that will PRINT a book for you, and nifty scraps to use as little notebooks. Best of all, there are readings almost every day of the week. This is a neighborhood GEM! No way to get this experience on Amazon!

Thank Fran A
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

DO NOT GO HERE. I just left the store... I was so excited to be visiting Cambridge, for its academia as well as fun businesses I expect from a college town (living in one myself). I tend to go out of my way to spend a substantial amount of money at independent bookstores, especially when traveling, because I have worked... More 

Thank Hope S
Porto Alegre, RS
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191 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although I was expecting much more from it, Harvard bookstore is fine! There's a second hand section downstairs!

Thank Fernando S
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really mean every book. Not only do they have a great selection of new books, remainder books, and used books, they also have an option to print your own book!

Thank ZachyBaum
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Love this place. So happy this independent book store is still here for all to enjoy. The staff is well-informed and he store is always well-stocked with new and old. Stop in. Worth the trip and then go to Grafton Street Pub and Grill on Bow Street and then to J.P. Licks for cappuccino crunch ice cream. Wonderful evening!

Thank TDBcam
Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The store was too crowded for our taste, but the selection was good. Worth a visit if you're in the vicinity.

Thank constanttraveler2014
Boston, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

When in Boston I always try to stop here. The selection is very well thought out by people who are true readers. So many lovely choices, you may leave your cash here. They have both used and new books. I always get immersed in the new, meaning to look at used later, but never seem to make it. Definitely stop... More 

Thank Deborah K
New York City, New York
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Used selection review only: the upstairs is new, downstairs is used. The fiction section downstairs is their specialty and for that they carry a large selection but on closer look they lack the hard to find authors all together, not that that's an uncommon trend, just that they're better at new upstairs (best bet for any hard-to-find title is online,... More 

Thank Tomskatesnyc
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514 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Walking around Harvard Square we happened upon this bookstore and my son saw a book he wanted in the window. And then my wife went in to 'buy it for him'. And then my daughter went in. About ten minutes later I gave up and followed them in...and an hour or so later I emerged carrying heavy bags and a... More 

Thank Leo M
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I honestly don't know how long I was here...thirty minutes, an hour and thirty minutes, because it's absolutely magical. They have new and used books, many rooms, and book ladders!! I'd 100% recommend a trip here.

Thank maddieperkie

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