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1256 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138
1256 Massachusetts AvenueUSMassachusettsCambridge02138
(617) 661-1515harvard.com
Book Store, Used Book StoreToday 9AM–11PM
Saturday 9AM–11PMSunday 10AM–10PMMonday 9AM–11PMTuesday 9AM–11PMWednesday 9AM–11PMThursday 9AM–11PMFriday 9AM–11PM
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Independent bookshop offering new & used titles, plus Harvard University gifts, since 1932.- Google
"Lovely bookstore with a well curated selection of titles and very good staff."
"Really cool place, epecially the basement where all the used books are."
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Angela Chen
3 weeks ago
This is a great, small bookshop. Knowledgable staff. The used book basement is great to browse through but it definitely has a dark, actual old basement feel to it. Upstairs, their children's selection isn't as diverse as some other area stores, and it would be awesome if they had the space for some chairs to sit at but obviously real estate is at a prime in the square.
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Conor Galligan
3 months ago
Great selection of new and used books, with staff that are excited about their jobs. If they don't have something in stock, they're happy to order it for you, and typically know exactly the book you're talking about, even if you can only muster up a vague description.
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Katy Gero
2 months ago
Harvard bookstore is my favorite bookstore. It's got a great selection, helpful staff, they'll order something if they don't have it, they put together their own collections of short stories and essays for their book printing machine, and have a great used section downstairs. You couldn't ask for anything more.
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Oliver Ames
5 months ago
This is a cool bookstore, especially because of the massive used section downstairs and the wonderful children's section. It can get very crowded during their busy hours, but if you pass on it the first time because of the crowd, come back later and just browse their excellent collection. Bonus that this store is locally owned unlike the other's in the area. Very helpful staff.
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Dionna Messina
a month ago
Great selection and great service,I was offered a free shipment for the books hat I bought, the people running the place are really helpful, the only downside is that without assistance you may not find some books at all due to the right angles and closed spaces of some books, also some places like the Military History section had a taint smell of urine, there are some cats roaming about, other than that the place is wonderful and I plan on going back
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Josh Sheldon
2 months ago
I love this bookstore. Staff are knowledgeable, helpful and clearly love books. I've never had trouble finding anything or ordering something obscure
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Silas Hughes
2 months ago
Best bookstore in Cambridge. Incredibly helpful staff, excellent selection, and a great used-book section downstairs. They also host numerous author events, many of which are free, as well as a great warehouse sale twice a year.
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Thenesoya Vidina Martín De la Nuez
3 weeks ago
Nice bookstore. Great basement second hand book section. Open late for a nice walk.

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News & Events: Announcing Our Summer Warehouse Sale conta.cc/27HKUC5
Spring might really be here: green on trees, new spring releases on our bookshelves, Harvard commencement, and summer vacation plans around the corner. But before we think too much about summer, we're getting excited for the next few weeks of author visits. For instance, an event where ...
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Announcing May Events http://conta.cc/20efgac
This week we joined Harvard's Memorial Church in welcoming acclaimed novelist, essayist, and professor Marilynne Robinson as she delivered the 2016 Noble Lecture to a captivated crowd in the heart of Harvard Yard at the landmark church. Ms. Robinson generously signed books for those in ...
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Check out our news & events...
Our display at the front of the store this week features books about a single book, like Maureen Corrigan's So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, Nathaniel Philbrick's Why Read Moby-Dick?, and Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch. Check it out here.
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News & Events: Read the Oscars + Remember the Greats conta.cc/1RrhvmU
It's nearly Oscar time. Which reminds us how many of the nominated films this year were based on acclaimed books, including Room, Brooklyn, The Big Short, The Martian, and more. Check out our Oscar display in the store or online at harvard.com this week.
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News & Events: Presidents' Day Sale, the Return of Harry Potter, + Blind Date with a Book http://conta.cc/1TbZKK8 
Harry Potter fans have known for some time about the forthcoming stage production of the new story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, coming to London's West End this summer. This week we learned that Scholastic Books will be publishing a book version of the rehearsal script, available to the ...
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News & Events: Summer Evenings in Harvard Square conta.cc/2a3xV8m
Our summer author event series continues these next few weeks before taking the last couple weeks of August off. Before the break, join us for a wide range of events -- fiction, science, history, and more -- to whet your summer reading appetite. Purchase tickets now for New Yorker staff writer ...
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This week's newsletter
Take note! Upcoming ticketed events include (for history buffs) Sidney Blumenthal discussing Lincoln's political genius and Nathaniel Philbrick discussing the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. . . (for scientists) Siddhartha Mukherjee discussing the history of ...
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News & Events: "It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart." conta.cc/1ZSlv3p
"It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart." --Rainer Maria Rilke April is National Poetry Month. Stop in and take a look at our Poetry Month display in the store (or sneak a peek at our online display here).
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Looking to Spring, Hibernating through Winter http://conta.cc/1VVPtkU
With some of the warm weather we're expecting next week, perhaps it's no surprise that our thoughts are turning to spring -- new books, exciting author visits, warm breezes, and a propped-open door here at the bookstore. Our online events calendar is now updated through April, culminating with ...
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News & Events: For Writers, Political Junkies, and Gryffindors conta.cc/1RbaFBM
It's primary season, and it's an election year; it's time for books about politics decked out in red, white, and blue cover designs. Check out our " Election Year" spotlight as a part of this month's Select Seventy featured titles display this month, online or in the store.
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News & Events: A Warm, Cozy Spot on a Snowy Day http://conta.cc/1QKVrU2
Though big, big snowflakes are flurrying furiously in Harvard Square as we send this, please note, our author events for today are continuing as scheduled! The bookstore is a warm and cozy spot in any weather, so come say hello. Not planning on leaving the house? Get reading!
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