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Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store

Bookstore
Harvard Square, Cambridge
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  • The Feast
    "Head downstairs for their great selection of seconds & used books."(6 Tips)
    Naiara
    "specially going downstairs and diving in the used books section."(8 Tips)
    Brian S.
    "coffee-table art books in remainders"(3 Tips)
    Harvard University
    "Known for superb selection, customer service, and author readings."(2 Tips)
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  • Naiara
    NaiaraSeptember 15, 2015
    I love to walk around the shop, specially going downstairs and diving in the used books section. Great quality and good prices. We already have our client card so we can save money everytime we go :)
  • AskMen
    AskMenJanuary 7, 2011
    Rachel Polonsky's Molotov’s Magic Lantern - If you're looking for more of an overview of Russian culture, & some other jumping off points then grab this book (& don't miss her appearance 7 PM Jan. 13) Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 8, 2011
    Head downstairs for their great selection of seconds & used books. Also fabulous spot for author readings - big names like David Sedaris and "Tiger Mom" have read here. Read more
  • Lizzie H.
    Check out downstairs for a variety of used books, some really unusual ones down there for a good price.
  • Racked
    RackedJanuary 28, 2013
    Block out a chunk of time when you visit this landmark indie bookseller, founded in 1932, which contrary to its name has no affiliation with Harvard University. [Racked 38 Member]
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DudleyAugust 9, 2014
    What is stunning about this place is that they actually sell books! If you want Harvard memorabilia, you have to go another block down the street.
  • Harvard Book Store
    Harvard Book StoreDecember 5, 2012
    Thanks for visiting Harvard Book Store! We hope you'll attend an author event, browse our staff recommendations, check out our print-on-demand machine, and pick up a book or two while you're here!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 20, 2012
    In 1932, Mark Kramer borrowed $300 from his parents to open a small used and remainder book store. 80 years later, they're still independent, but with a slightly larger collection (100,000+ titles.) Read more
  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityDecember 8, 2009
    This independent, locally owned shop has served the communitty since 1932. Known for superb selection, customer service, and author readings. Read more
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 21, 2015
    The last independent bookstore in Harvard Square. I have to support them for that, in addition to their great set of events.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BarresiFebruary 13, 2015
    An unrivaled selection of books that also offers that authentic bookstore atmosphere.
  • Deanna G.
    Deanna GlazeFebruary 21, 2010
    Feels like home. Hang out in the arts section, particularly photography. Avoid the stinky man in the philosophy section.
  • Jack W P.
    Jack W PerryFebruary 19, 2011
    Don't forget to check out the huge used book store in the basement. Most books 50% off and huge selection.
  • PnPPhat S.
    PnPPhat S.January 16, 2012
    known for extraordinary selection of new, used, and bargain books and for a history of innovation.
  • Kaila S.
    Kaila SchleuApril 23
    SO many great books. Make sure to check the downstairs, their religion section is unreal.
  • James
    JamesJuly 12, 2011
    huge store. across from the Harvard campus. Check out the Boston photo books if you're in from out of town.
  • Louisa R.
    Louisa RigaliJanuary 23, 2015
    Best bookstore in the area. The basement used-book section is not-to-be-missed.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SalomonDecember 15, 2012
    Great science and coffee-table art books in remainders, many under $5. My #2 fav spot for tech books after MIT Press at Kendall.
  • Favecast
    FavecastOctober 18, 2013
    Check out the fiction section, they've got TONS of books!! Take a peek in this video review Read more
  • Stephanie A.
    One of the best used bookstores in the area (coming from an avid bookstore peruser).
  • Katie S.
    Katie SDecember 3, 2012
    This is incorrectly tagged; it's a lovely independent bookstore not affiliated with the school.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Jack Devine on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new memoir, Good Hunting, An American Spymaster's Story. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxSeptember 26, 2014
    Meet Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book Fully Alive. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet astrophysicist Caleb Scharf on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book The Copernicus Complex. Read more
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurJanuary 1
    Harvard gem of a bookstore. Go downstairs for the cheaper finds!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Barnard College president Debora Spar on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her new book Wonder Women. Read more
  • K. Danae P.
    K. Danae PauliJanuary 4, 2012
    Check out the overstock section for lots of great, inexpensive books!
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressDecember 18, 2013
    Meet Doug Most on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book The Race Underground. Read more
  • Eileen C.
    Eileen ChamMarch 31, 2012
    Look for the vintage magazine covers lining the shelves in the used book cellar.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxDecember 2, 2013
    Meet Yascha Mounk on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his debut book Stranger in My Own Country. Read more
  • Eric B.
    Eric BaxterJanuary 19, 2010
    Get a frequent buyer card; they are free and you end up getting great discounts!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxFebruary 21, 2013
    Meet Aleksander Hemon on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his memoir The Book of My Lives. Read more
  • Kara M.
    Kara MerryNovember 26, 2011
    These are the most academic books I think on a layman's basis you can find around Harvard
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJanuary 23, 2013
    Meet Carl Rollyson on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath. Read more
  • Keri G.
    Keri GarelDecember 23, 2015
    The used book selection is excellent.
  • Yasemin
    YaseminNovember 8, 2012
    Don't forget to check downstairs for deals and used books
  • Kristyn U.
    Kristyn UlandayJune 13, 2015
    My favorite local book store - can't pass by without going in to roam around.
  • Erin C.
    Erin Calvo-BacciApril 9, 2012
    Hosting the Main Street Fairness, with RAM and locally owned businesses.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxJanuary 23, 2014
    Meet Emily Parker on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her new book, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxDecember 2, 2013
    Meet Witold Rybczynski on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he discusses his new book, How Architecture Works. Read more
  • Kat .
    Kat 🙊February 8
    I can spend all day in this amazing bookstore.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SandersSeptember 14, 2009
    Check out the amazing roster of authors who speak at Harvard Book Store events
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 21, 2012
    Get a buyer card for more discounts
  • Aron L.
    Aron LevyJune 10, 2011
    Paige M. Gutenborg is my homegirl. And yours, too.
  • Seyda C.
    Seyda Caskurlu1 week ago
    Stay there all day..
  • Becky N.
    Becky NapoleonJune 8, 2011
    Check out the used book cellar! Read more
  • WeatherZombie.com
    WeatherZombie.comJune 18, 2011
    Read more! Get smarter! BIG BRAINS YUM!!!!
  • Izabella B.
    Izabella BroseghiniSeptember 23, 2014
    A lot of Harvard's souvenir 👍
  • Matt H.
    Matt HillJune 6, 2014
    Check the remainders in the basement.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LikoskyDecember 23, 2010
    Like I need to ad it but check out the basement
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