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Brookline Booksmith

Closes in 30 min: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Great bookstore!

Knowledgeable staff, great inventory of new books for adults, ya & children. Large selection of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Laura K
Old school bookstore that rocks...

Buy as many books as you can at Brookline Booksmith. This is the best of old school. Great... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Steve S
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279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Knowledgeable staff, great inventory of new books for adults, ya & children. Large selection of used books in there basement..

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Laura K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Buy as many books as you can at Brookline Booksmith. This is the best of old school. Great selection, great staff, quiet spots to leaf through a potential purchase + host for 'hear the author' events. The best!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Steve S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always crowded with eager readers who stll believe that a good book is worth its price and the time necessary to read it. The Booksmith is a constant reminder that books are here to stay and to hold!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank diouno
Reviewed December 11, 2018

The selection of books and gifts is surpassed only by the fabulous staff and their wonderful customer service.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jsolomont
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

Was only a few blocks from our hotel. Could have spent hours in here browsing. Coffee shops located on same block along with other eateries. Perfect place to visit on a cold day. Highly recommended

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jendbanks
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Amazing spot! I live not too far away and go here whenever I can to find good books or gifts for friends and family. I go out of my way to stop in here because I know they have so much to offer - would...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kathrynpowell492
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Even the name Brookline Booksmith is a kind of throwback to the days not all that long ago when a lot of stores affected a kind of humble brag in their names (Radio Shack, for example). Books are obviously not made by "smiths". They are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Buell H
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Love the consistently great book selections and recommendations. The used book area and gift selections are an added bonus. It is much better to shop at independent bookstore.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mcc0llpam
Reviewed June 19, 2018

Excellent bookstore to visit.. not only a staple of new releases but also buys for all the family. There is also a great gift selection and paper products as well.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank rgdeadman
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

As transatlantic visitors to the US, we marveled at the range of books on offer (and so much else) in this lively bookshop. We enjoyed browsing and restocking on American history, biography classics and new fiction in the used book basement. We had an opportunity...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from j0d0nn | Reviewed this property |
If there's space, the most convenient place is a parking lot at the corner of John and Babcock ($1.25/hour). Failing that, and if there's no street parking, you should head for the large parking lot on Centre St.