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Brookline Booksmith

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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Lovely bookstore

The book store has a great selection of books. What I love the most is that you can find some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Great Indie Bookstore with a large adjacent used section

This store was known as Paperback Booksmith when I grew up here in the 1960s & 1970s. Since then... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2019
Brookline, Massachusetts
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279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
+1 617-566-6660
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The book store has a great selection of books. What I love the most is that you can find some Boston local decors or accessories there. It's a really lovely place for local book lovers and visitors!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank emilybsb
Reviewed August 10, 2019

You don't find a bookstore like this often anymore!! Great selection staff was great! Bought books I thought I was never going to find again.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

This store was known as Paperback Booksmith when I grew up here in the 1960s & 1970s. Since then, it has grown from its single story structure that sold prerecorded music (though no longer,) as well as books & magazines (but never used,) to now...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank davidbc2016
Reviewed July 10, 2019

Fall in love right away with the bookstore. Nice collections of books and well categorized. Wooden shelves and floor give an old school feeling- very romantic. Could have spent hours reading in this nice bookstore. Highly recommended for book lovers.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank D900HZdanielt
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

Great place to wander around the shelves. Good suggestions on reads and sale tables. They always find time to give the dog a biscuit.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank maryellensm
Reviewed June 4, 2019

This store is a local business in an industry that has been taken over by companies like Amazon. They have an enormous selection of books, cards, etc. which also includes used books downstairs. Their people are very pleasant, so it's always a pleasure to visit...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

What a fabulous bookstore. Aside from books they have a great variety of jewelry journals and other unique items. It was great for us because I was looking for a book and there was still plenty for my teenage daughter to look at and not...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jsmarvin9
Reviewed May 7, 2019

I've looked for books there and have found whatever I am looking for. They have a great selection of children's books and good discounts and often interesting author's lecture there.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Expedition307597
Reviewed April 22, 2019

THIS is a bookstore. It's beautiful. It has a great selection of books. (I just bookstores by what they have out on their tables and what books their booksellers recommend, and Brookline Booksmith is a reader's bookstore by those measures.) I was in there for...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Alexis B
Reviewed April 13, 2019

The Booksmith has a huge array of titles, including an excellent selection of children's books, as well as cards and gifts and remaindered books. The lightly used books sold in their basement provide real value for small dollar amounts. The staff is helpful and knows...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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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.