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Harvard Book Store

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Like a home in Cambridge

In my first weeks in MIT as a visiting scholar, I have stopped by this bookstore every evening... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Wonderful Bookstore

A very nice bookstore, very full and exciting, a bit old-fashioned in a good way (lovely old... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2018
Leah v
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In my first weeks in MIT as a visiting scholar, I have stopped by this bookstore every evening! Once I have seen an independent and academic bookstore close to Columbia University, but it was closed later. However, this remains as vibrant as possible. Fantastic variety...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

A very nice bookstore, very full and exciting, a bit old-fashioned in a good way (lovely old storefront), with well-organized shelves and a large selection. Only two drawbacks: no bathrooms available, and very crowded.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Leah v
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

There's nothing like an old fashion bookstore. This place is great and it's fun to wander around and get lost for an hour looking through their great selection. They also offer some used books. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

I always love finding independent bookstores and asking for recommendations. The staff here were not particularly helpful - one said he didn't read fiction and suggested I try somebody else who was not particularly interested. A book with a staff recommendation label was out of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

After my Harvard Tour it was only right to visit the Harvard book store. Not as impressive layout wise as the Coop but impressive on selection. I enjoyed perusing the shelves so much I went back the next day to make my purchases. The staff...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

This place is truly a dangerous place, especially if you love independent bookstores! I was out wandering around in Cambridge when the group I was with spotted this place. In we went to look and look! I found it hard to resist temptation so many...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Visited years ago. This is still a paradise for nerds of all types. The upstairs is all new books and the dungeon below, a treasure trove of used books of all kinds. So fun to see it again and spend an hour browsing among the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

If you are visiting Harvard Square, and want to see a real local bookstore, forget the coop, which is a re-branded Barnes and Noble. The Harard Bookstore is the real deal. A classic independent bookstore with a good pulse on the local community -- namely,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

I order all my books through Harvard Book Store now just to support them. Their speaker series is incredible, their selection is excellent, their staff is genuinely enthusiastic, and they really work to foster a sense of community. Just a perfect all-around book store.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

As we planned this trip to Cambridge from Ohio, we checked on the events happening at Harvard Book Store and we were happy to note that we would be able to attend an author lecture. We love to come to this bookstore - not only...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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