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Brookline Booksmith

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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Book Lovers Retreat

Amazing spot! I live not too far away and go here whenever I can to find good books or gifts for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Just to survive as an independent bookstore these days is an achievement

Even the name Brookline Booksmith is a kind of throwback to the days not all that long ago when a... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Brookline, Massachusetts
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279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
+1 617-566-6660
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is the best book seller I've ever seen. Can't stay out of the place! Has everything from cards to books you can't find anywhere else. They can find anything you need.

2  Thank Julia H
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

I am a small business owner and was shocked when my husband told me his experience at your store. He was in town waiting for an appointment and went into your shop to purchase some books. With 3 books already in his hand he asked...More

2  Thank wildbirdp1800
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

Thank buellhollister
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.

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.

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

Thank paul_deirdre
Reviewed June 18, 2018

You can a book quickly here with efficient service, but if you have even a little time, take it to wander around. One of the few remaining establishments hosting high-quality authors talks.

Thank Anthony F
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Stopped by for some quick gifts, not only a fun bookstore. They have an entire section with fun jewelry and local gifts, i.e. about Boston/Brookline. They also have book readings given by top authors. Plan to spend an at least an hour going through the...More

Thank dcgb2017
Reviewed May 18, 2018

This place is a gem. It has everything, and it's right in the heart of Coolidge Corner. Well worth a browse if you're in the area.

1  Thank j0d0nn
Reviewed March 4, 2018

The Booksmith has several great remainder tables. It has a fun other side of the store with fun little retro games and gifts. The selection is really good for browsing. The staff is very friendly. Chairs to sit and read. Author readings. There are too...More

Thank chardm1580
Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

Excellent local bookstore, hours open are convenient, fun to browse and look at the recommended and new arrivals shelves. Has second hand books in large lower level.

Thank Eddieseven
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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.