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Address: 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 661 1515
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Lots of new books, and barely used

I love used book stores and seek them out where ever I end up. However, what I had expected to find was an antique book store- i.e. used more than once within the last 3 years or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't find anything special about this book store. It's like anyother, maybe a little small or just crowded.

Thank Sofia_M_D83
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This store has a nice selection of new and used books, but it is a little cramped. I purchased a backpack and I was surprised by how reasonable their prices were.

Thank Luvs2TravelAnywhere
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I love used book stores and seek them out where ever I end up. However, what I had expected to find was an antique book store- i.e. used more than once within the last 3 years or so. That's not what this place is. The used book portion is located in the basement and there is a slew of never... More 

Thank KCW25
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

THE best bookstore in the area. It is an independent bookstore and all the amazing authors come here to sign books and give talks. There are many scheduled events you should check out that they sponsor. People will help you with anything. They will even find and print obscure titles for you.

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Chengdu, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Not bad, not great either. It is what it has to be for this place. Service is not the best, staffers not too knowlegable, but you will find great books here, even some in the basement where they have used books.

Thank AnotherKlaus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one of my favorite bookstores anywhere. Well organized, great selection, fair prices, and it's an independent business... what's not to like? PLUS it's literally right next door to Mr. Bartley's burgers!

Thank Ogdred
Hampton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There are books on things that I did not know were things. And the staff was so knowledgeable and helpful. You could spend days in here shopping and a ton of money.

Thank Oranutan1
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A classic independent bookstore. Excellent selection and staff. A great place to find a physical book.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

When I think of Harvard Square, it is this book store that makes Harvard Square shopping special. Visiting it feeds the mind. The selection is broad and the displays tickle the mind and lead you to want to explore more. The late evening hours are great for post dinner browsing. The event series has an incredible range of authors to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Harvard Bookstore is a book reader's gem. The experience starts even before you enter the store - the window display features an intriguing collection of new books and staff selections. The books on display when you enter the store will give you plenty of ideas for your next read. The staff is very helpful and the author events are always... More 

1 Thank Sesha P

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