Harvard Book Store, Cambridge

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Bookworms really shouldn't miss Harvard Book Store, established in the 1930s. Long the center of intellectual activity in the area, the store isn't affiliated with the renowned university but remains a favorite of both students and professors. You'll find plenty of newly printed fiction here, as well as bargain and used books. Use our Cambridge travel itinerary planner to add Harvard Book Store and other attractions to your Cambridge vacation plans.
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  • 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 bookst...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • I really enjoy this book store. I actually am very partial to any independent stores and book stores are at the top of the list. The atmosphere is very pleasant here. Great selection of books, particularly the used book section. The staff is very well versed in the selection of books. I often rely on their judgment for recommendations. I'm so happy to have this resource at my disposal.
  • Great bookstore w/TONS of amazing books from local authors as well as Harvard graduates. Plus they hav really cool yet random novelties. Picked up a book signed by the author 2 read & add 2 my collection! 👍🏽
  • Wide selection of books. Nice staff, but for me the best was possibility to buy used books in really low prices. I love this place.
  • One of the few independent bookstores in the area. Great selections and impressive calendar of personal appearances by notable authors.
  • Support your local independent bookshop!!! This store is wonderful, their staff is helpful and will give you recommendations or help you find more books that align with your interests. They are kind and don’t pester you while you’re browsing. The store is organized well and has a great used section and a great staff recs shelf. If you’re a tourist in the area I recommend swinging by and grabbing a cool harvard bookstore tote bag and a book for the flight home.
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