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 love this bookstore, but I recently bought a book with one of their Holiday 100 20% off stickers. This sticker will not come off! The small bits I could get off leave a horrible residue. I called to complain and basically advise them to stop using these stickers, but the woman who spoke with me on the phone negated my concerns saying that it is easy to take the stickers off and the only book they had issues with was the Odyssey. When I explained that clearly those assumptions are wrong she responded with a bland “I’m sorry you’re having this problem.” And that was it! No thanks for notifying them that this issue is widespread, and no interest whatsoever in my issue. Ridiculous!
  • 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.
  • Brilliant for new and second hand! I didn’t buy anything new, but got a few second hand things. The fiction section is great and they have a pretty good second hand comics section too. The new books are laid out really well and there were some good deals on offer when I was there.They put on some cool events too.
  • A great local bookstore with wonderful selection! I particularly enjoyed their collection of graphic novels
  • wonderful bookstore! Spent over an hour wandering around and checking out the huge selection. They had some great titles on sale as well. Highly recommend for book lovers.

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