With independent bookstores (and even national chains) falling by the wayside, it’s all the more impressive that this classic soldiers on. The four story Harvard Square behemoth peddles both best sellers and literary classics, as well as arcane treatises on history, philosophy, music and science – precisely what you’d expect from a store founded by Crimson Scholars in 1882. – Boston Magazine
The Harvard COOP was one of 291 winners featured in Boston Magazine’s annual Best of Boston issue. The Best of Boston features such categories as best restaurants & food, shopping, services, arts & entertainment and home design.
“We think this is fantastic,” COOP Bookstore Manager Scott Montgomery said. “This is not a popularity contest. It’s completely objective and winners are chosen only by Boston Magazine. That’s what makes this such an incredible honor. My staff works incredibly hard to make this the best possible bookstore – so we’re especially proud to have won this year.”
Centrally located in the middle of historic Harvard Square, The COOP is not your typical college bookstore. Selling “all things Harvard” and more, the bookstore is a common destination for students, the local community and visitors to Cambridge, Massachusetts. With three floors of trade books, magazines, merchandise, textbooks, gifts and a café, the bookstore is in a league of its own.
Plenty of bookstores host book signings, but for a truly illuminating author event, The Harvard COOP is a cut above the rest. Throughout the year, The COOP presents a fantastic lineup of well known and respected authors. This past spring, the store brought to town acclaimed New York Times best-selling authors Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs, and novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks.
For future book signings and store events, visit The Harvard COOP Bookstore website.
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