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מIn this section:
  • Popular Local Book Stores
  • Used Book Stores
  • Children's Books
  • Specialty Books
  • National Book Store Chains
  • Online Book Stores

Popular Local Book Stores

MIT Coop
3 Cambridge Center, Cambridge (Kendall/MIT) 
Phone: 617-499-3200 

The Coop, as the name suggests is a cooperative. This book store is owned by the students, faculty, alumni, and staff at Harvard and MIT. The store offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books as well as textbooks. The main MIT branch is near the Kendall MIT T-stop, but there is a smaller shop at the Student Center.

1400 Massachusetts Ave, 18 Palmer Street (Harvard Square)
Phone: 617-499-2000

The Harvard Coop at Harvard Square has a large collection of books, an in-store cafe, and a large section of children’s books where you can sit and read with kids. Frequent events at this store include book discussions, author signings, and children's story time.

Harvard Bookstore  
1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
Phone: 617-661-1515 or 1-800-542-READ

This store has a wide selection of new books, frequent sales, a friendly staff, and lots of used books in the basement. They also organize talks by authors.

Used Book Stores

698 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (Central Square)
Phone: 617-876-6467

This store has used and new discounted books.

373 Huron Ave, Cambridge
Phone: 617-661-1770

Fine used and rare books at reasonable prices.

52-B JFK St, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
Phone: 617-441-6999

They specialize in used scholarly books. They also have another location on Newbury Street.

Children's Books

2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Phone: 617-576-0660
Books for children of all ages with a special focus on connecting with the global community.

The Harvard Coop also has a large collection of children's books.

Specialty Book Stores

761 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge
Phone: 617-547-8855

French, German, Italian and Spanish are the main languages represented at this store, but they also have a wide variety of books in other languages including Greek and Latin. Books for children are also available.

90 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
Phone: 617-497-6277

Find travel guidebooks, maps, literature and more at this store.

6 Plympton St, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
Phone: 617-547-4648

This is the oldest continuous poetry book shop in the country.

National Book Store Chains

Barnes & Noble
800 Boylston St, Suite 179, Boston (Green Line)
Phone: 1-800-843-2665 (1 800 THE BOOK) 

Barnes & Noble is a major bookstore chain. The nearest location, via T, is at Prudential Center station on the Green Line.

100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge (CambridgeSide Galleria)
Phone: 617-621-8666 
Take the Green Line to Lechmere station or catch the complimentary shuttle from Kendall Square (Right by the T-Stop).

Online Book Stores

Popular online book stores include, Barnes & Noble, and Borders

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Last Updated: September, 2011