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Where to buy used books in Boston

Fill your basket here with thrifty literary buys.

shelves containing books at Commonwealth Books

A wealth of hard-to-find and rare books can also be found at Commonwealth Books.

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When you want a vintage edition of a favorite book or don’t want to pay full price for a classic like “The Great Gatsby,” used book stores are a treasure trove for literary lovers.

For those that want to fill their libraries with gently used copies, check out these bookstores that have dedicated used book sections.

More Than Words Bookstore | 242 East Berkeley St.
This youth-run, non-profit stocks used and new titles across many genres, including art, business, young adult, and cooking. Donations are accepted, and are tax deductible.

Brattle Book Shop | 9 West St.
Established in 1825, explore the two levels of used tomes, with another featuring antiquarian selections. Those looking to sell their books can make an appointment for an assessment by the staff.

Commonwealth Books | 9 Spring Ln.
This Downtown Crossing store has been operational since 1995, stocking 40,000+ titles in genres such as philosophy, religion, arts, and architecture. Check out the antique maps and prints along with hard-to-find books. You can search for signed or first edition copies through the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s Biblio database.

Brookline Booksmith | 279 Harvard St., Brookline
The Used Book Cellar at Coolidge Corner’s Brookline Booksmith has been around since 2004, yet you are bound to find something among the 25,000 titles. Buybacks are accepted Thursday-Saturday, with preferences of paperback fiction and non-fiction books.

Harvard Book Store | 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Head downstairs into the basement and make your way through the array of history, and classic + modern literature. The Cambridge store does buy books from customers from Tuesday-Saturday, however they must fit into certain criteria for consideration.

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