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Harvard Book Store

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Address: 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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+1 617-661-1515
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Great selection

When in Boston I always try to stop here. The selection is very well thought out by people who are true readers. So many lovely choices, you may leave your cash here. They have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Deborah K
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When in Boston I always try to stop here. The selection is very well thought out by people who are true readers. So many lovely choices, you may leave your cash here. They have both used and new books. I always get immersed in the new, meaning to look at used later, but never seem to make it. Definitely stop... More 

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Used selection review only: the upstairs is new, downstairs is used. The fiction section downstairs is their specialty and for that they carry a large selection but on closer look they lack the hard to find authors all together, not that that's an uncommon trend, just that they're better at new upstairs (best bet for any hard-to-find title is online,... More 

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NY, NY
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513 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Walking around Harvard Square we happened upon this bookstore and my son saw a book he wanted in the window. And then my wife went in to 'buy it for him'. And then my daughter went in. About ten minutes later I gave up and followed them in...and an hour or so later I emerged carrying heavy bags and a... More 

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Thank Leo M
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

I honestly don't know how long I was here...thirty minutes, an hour and thirty minutes, because it's absolutely magical. They have new and used books, many rooms, and book ladders!! I'd 100% recommend a trip here.

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Thank maddieperkie
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

Tremendous bookstore that will fulfill your need for exploration. If you ever wonder about the future of brick and mortar bookstores, drop into this extremely well curated collection and remember the fun of browsing and discovering new ways of thinking and writing about the world.

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Thank Ralph R
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

The Harvard Bookstore, its staff, and loyal customers have worked tirelessly over the years to maintain and support and keep relevant, one of the now iconic establishments in Harvard Square. This is the best place to duck into when it is raining or cold. Warm yourself, dry off a bit, or cool off on a muggy day in the "dog... More 

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Newton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Sadly, the once dozen bookstores in Harvard Square has dwindled to two or three, but happily one of the survivors is the best of them all, Harvard Bookstore. They have a fantastic collection of books, leaning toward books from the academic presses, though there is a good selection of mainstream titles also. The staff is also very knowledgeable and helpful.... More 

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Thank Robert C
boston, ma, usa
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321 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

outstanding book store, great selection, bargain basement, knowledgeable staff. a terrific destination point of it's own. great selection, many discounted prices, interesting and unusual categories and selections. not all the great bookstores have disappeared.

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Thank Perspectech
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

This is my favorite bookshop in Harvard Square...there used to be so many bookstores here but...well you know what happened. Harvard Book Store is an independent and welcoming presence. Books galore, a very helpful and experienced staff. Special events like author talks and signings and midnight releases of the latest Harry Potter story....but basically a haven for browsers and buyers.... More 

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Thank Susan Z
San Diego, California
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133 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

I did the tour in Harvard University and when walking around the campus, I found this bookstore. In reality, I'm from the west coast and taking a short vacation in Cambridge. The selection of books is immense and a very wide variety of titles. I wish I lived close by here so I can visit this place every week. I... More 

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