We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 661 1515
Website
Today
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Activities: Shopping

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 37 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Harvard Book Store - over 80 years and still vibrant

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
jwnyc0000
,
New York City, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Hampton, Virginia
Level Contributor
120 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Ah joy. With the number of independent bookstores declining at such an alarming rate that it feels like they should be included on the Endangered Species list, it's a delight that this little neighborhood gem is thriving. OK, I am biased as I used to live right above this place, but that being disclosed, no trip to the Greater Boston... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Harvard Book Store combines the charm and service of a local bookshop with the deep and broad selection of a chain bookstore. The Harvard Book Store carries just about every book you could want, and if they don't have it, they can get it for you. To have such a great selection packed into a relatively small storefront is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California, USA
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Across the street from Harvard. It's everythinh a bookstore should be. We picked up some books for the flight jome, and some souvenirs for friends. Employees were attentive and knowledgeable. Loved it!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Humberston
Level Contributor
86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Fantastic range of resonably priced books, something there for everyone of all reading ages and capabilities.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Landisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Upstairs holdings are new books, used books occupy the basement along with new "leftover" books that are discounted, up to 80% off list price. Great place to browse and stumble across a new favorite author.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great selection. Used books in the basement, bargains near the staircase, regular sale all around. I go to this bookstore regularly. I also love this book store for their amazing author events. In recent years they have had writers like Margaret Atwood and Stephen King do readings. Awesome!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Harvard Book Store also viewed

 

Been to Harvard Book Store? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Harvard Book Store

Address: 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 661 1515
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Harvard Book Store staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?