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Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store

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Harvard Square, Cambridge
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  • The Feast
    "Head downstairs for their great selection of seconds & used books."(10 Tips)
    Naiara
    "specially going downstairs and diving in the used books section."(6 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 :)
  • 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!
  • Lizzie H.
    Check out downstairs for a variety of used books, some really unusual ones down there for a good price.
  • 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
  • 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]
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BarresiFebruary 13, 2015
    An unrivaled selection of books that also offers that authentic bookstore atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • badfantasyrx.blogspot.com
    Old school, with a great feel- new and used books. http://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-assassin-in-india-but-home-invasion.html
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Kaila S.
    Kaila SchleuApril 23
    SO many great books. Make sure to check the downstairs, their religion section is unreal.
  • Stephanie A.
    One of the best used bookstores in the area (coming from an avid bookstore peruser).
  • 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.
  • PnPPhat S.
    PnPPhat S.January 16, 2012
    known for extraordinary selection of new, used, and bargain books and for a history of innovation.
  • Louisa R.
    Louisa RigaliJanuary 23, 2015
    Best bookstore in the area. The basement used-book section is not-to-be-missed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Katie S.
    Katie SDecember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is incorrectly tagged; it's a lovely independent bookstore not affiliated with the school.
  • K. Danae P.
    K. Danae PauliJanuary 4, 2012
    Check out the overstock section for lots of great, inexpensive books!
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurJanuary 1
    Harvard gem of a bookstore. Go downstairs for the cheaper finds!
  • Favecast
    FavecastOctober 18, 2013
    Check out the fiction section, they've got TONS of books!! Take a peek in this video review 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
  • Abdulrahmań K.
    A must-see book store in heart of Harvard campus
  • Kristyn U.
    Kristyn UlandayJune 13, 2015
    My favorite local book store - can't pass by without going in to roam around.
  • Keri G.
    Keri GarelDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The used book selection is excellent.
  • 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
  • Eileen C.
    Eileen ChamMarch 31, 2012
    Look for the vintage magazine covers lining the shelves in the used book cellar.
  • Constantin W.
    Constantin WOctober 13
    Nice selection of recent political books!
  • 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
  • Kara M.
    Kara MerryNovember 26, 2011
    These are the most academic books I think on a layman's basis you can find around Harvard
  • 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.
  • Eliza C.
    Eliza CaisseAugust 31
    One of the best used book selections I've seen.
  • 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
  • Erin C.
    Erin Calvo-BacciApril 9, 2012
    Hosting the Main Street Fairness, with RAM and locally owned businesses.
  • Yasemin
    YaseminNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't forget to check downstairs for deals and used books
  • 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
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱February 8
    I can spend all day in this amazing bookstore.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 21, 2012
    Get a buyer card for more discounts
  • Seyda C.
    Stay there all day..
  • Izabella B.
    Izabella BroseghiniSeptember 23, 2014
    A lot of Harvard's souvenir 👍
  • Nick S.
    Nick ScottMay 13, 2015
    Best bookstore in Boston
  • Aron L.
    Aron LevyJune 10, 2011
    Paige M. Gutenborg is my homegirl. And yours, too.
  • Becky N.
    Becky NapoleonJune 8, 2011
    Check out the used book cellar! Read more
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