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Cambridge Bookstores

bookstore signCambridge Bookstores   After a particularly unsatisfying trip to Barnes & Noble I’m recommitting to shop at the wonderful independent bookstores that remain in Cambridge.

I’m a frequent book buyer – never leaving the store without a big bag. While I do spend plenty at bookstores in Cambridge sometimes when a book buying urge struck I would head out to Burlington. Typically the Barnes & Noble there would have a good selection in that day’s targeted subject plus plenty of other enticing books. More than once I’ve left an armful of books on the counter the better to free my arms to find more books.

But B&N seems to have made a distinct shift in emphasis – the store seemed markedly different than just a couple of months before.  Much book space has been given over to toys and to promoting their electronic reader, the Nook. The books that were on display were a disappointment – lowest common denominator sort of books – the “masses” in mass market seem to be the target. 

So I’m resolved – next time the book buying urge strikes I’m heading to a Cambridge bookstore.  Sadly there are fewer independent bookstores in Cambridge nowadays – I still miss Reading International, Wordsworth and Paperback Booksmith. All the more reason to frequent the bookstores in Cambridge that we still can.

Bookstore hours and phone numbers are included below. Before planning a visit a call to confirm store hours would be a good idea.

Cambridge Bookstores – New Books

Porter Square Books – Years ago there was a bookstore in the Porter Square mall that I used to pop into to find something to read on the train back to Concord. After it closed Cambridge was without a bookstore north of Harvard Square for many years.  Happily some folks from the Concord Bookstore – another wonderful independent bookstore – opened Porter Square Books several years ago.  It’s become very popular – at Christmas the cash register line stretched to the back of the store – a sight that warmed book lovers’ hearts.  There are frequent author appearances,  a  buyer reward program, and a cafe that’s become a popular neighborhood destination. 

Porter Square Books is in the Porter Square Mall by the T station.  617-491-2220 

Open M-F 7am – 9pm, Sat 8am – 9pm and Sunday 9am – 7pm

Harvard Book Store – Located in Harvard Square on Mass Avenue, the Harvard Book Store has been a favorite of Cambridge book lovers for over 75 years.  It’s difficult to walk past their windows without spotting a must-have book. The Harvard Book Store has one of the best lecture series in Cambridge and when admission is charged you get a coupon for a discount at the store.  A super destination for new books, there is also has a strong selection of used books downstairs.

The Harvard Book Store is located at 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA.

Open Mon – Sat 9am – 11 am and Sun 10am – 10pm.  617-661-1515

Globe Corner Bookstore – the Globe Corner Bookstore in Harvard Square specializes in travel books and maps. I shop here when looking for guidebooks about various regions and countries and always make it a point to stop in when shopping for my Dad who appreciates the hiking books, maps, atlases, etc. I’ve bought here over the years. The owners have announced plans to sell the store so Cambridge book lovers have fingers crossed that they will find a buyer to keep this local treasure going.

The Globe Corner Bookstore is located at 90 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

 Open  Mon – Sat 9:30am – 9pm and Sun 11am – 7pm.  617-497-6277

Cambridge Bookstores – Used Books

Used bookstores CambridgeBryn Mawr Book Store – This used book store has an excellent selection of fiction and non-fiction. You can find recent bestsellers at used book prices as well as rare books here.  The store regularly holds sales of books by subject matter – one week (or is it month? I’m not sure) gardening books will be on sale, the next week sociology books will be discounted, etc. Proceeds from book sales fund scholarships to Bryn Mawr College.

Bryn Mawr Book Store is in Huron Village at 373 Huron Ave, Cambridge. 617-661-1770

Open Mon – Sat 10am – 5:30pm.  May to December on Thursdays open until 7 pm.

McIntyre and Moore Booksellers– McIntyre and Moore has long been one of my favorite used bookstores in Cambridge and I’ve followed them around from their first(?) location in Harvard Square, to Davis Square and now to their current spot in Porter Square near Bob Slate Stationery. McIntyre and Moore specializes in scholarly books in wide range of subjects. You can also find fiction, children’s books, cookbooks, and books on sports, games, gardening, health, finance and much more.

McIntyre and Moore bookstore is in Porter Square at 1971 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Open Mon – Thurs 10am – 6pm, Fri & Sat 10am – 8pm and Sun noon – 6pm  617-229-5641

Rodney’s Bookstore – Rodney’s, in Central Square, is a big store for a used bookstore with a very good selection in all sorts of popular subjects. They’ve recently added a second floor for remainder books and also offer pine bookshelves if you’re looking for some new bookcases to hold all those books you just bought.

Rodney’s Bookstore is in Central Square at 698 Mass Ave, Cambridge.

Open Mon – Sat 9:30am – 9pm, Sun noon – 8pm.  617-876-6467


These are my favorites but there are more used bookstores and specialty bookstores in Cambridge. Feel free to put in a plug for your favorites in the comments below.


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