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Where to buy used books in Boston
shelves containing books at Commonwealth Books
A wealth of hard-to-find and rare books can also be found at Commonwealth Books. | Photo by @breathing_pages
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 for books are accepted, and you can view the inventory online.

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.
Wednesday, May 15
  • Marc Martel and One Vision of Queen | Wednesday, May 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston | $46-$122 | Listen to Marc Martel, the voice of Freddie Mercury in the Oscar-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Thursday, May 16
  • Low Maintenance Gardening Workshop | Thursday, May 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Norton & Stonehurst Garden, 88 Norton St., Boston | Free | Learn what types of crops are the most self-sufficient and some techniques to work smarter and not harder.
  • Whale Jam 2024 | Thursday, May 16 | 7 p.m. | Roadrunner, 89 Guest St., Boston | $50 | Enjoy music from various artists to support conservation efforts for the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.
  • Diana Ross: Beautiful Love Performances | Thursday, May 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Boch Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston | $94-$354 | The legendary singer will bring the house down performing hits from her decades-long career.
Friday, May 17
  • Heart Strings: Creating Connection to the World’s Children | Friday, May 17 | 1 p.m. | BCA Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston | $18-$28 | Take a trip around the world in 45 minutes to learn about UNICEF’s efforts in this interactive exhibit.
  • John Jerome | Friday, May 17 | 6-7 p.m. | Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston | Free | Enjoy the tunes from the artist from Gloucester.
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News Notes
  • An upscale mini-golf venue branding itself as “the crazy golf club” is coming to Back Bay. Swingers was approved to open in the former Crate & Barrel location on Boylston Street. (Boston Business Journal)
  • The MBTA has removed 13 speed restrictions on the Red Line following completion of track work between Park Street and JFK/UMass from May 4-May 10. The speed restrictions between Downtown Crossing and Andrew stations going in both directions have also been lifted. (WHDH)
Coming Soon
  • A new restaurant and bar from the team behind Daiquiris & Daisies is planned for the former Thirsty Scholar location later this year. Plans for Tall Order are still in its early stages, but the eatery is set to serve modern American food, cocktails, craft beer, and wine. (
  • Nine museums in Massachusetts have been featured in a new book written by Bob Eckstein. “Footnotes from the Most Fascinating Museums” delves into 75 museums across North America. Local museums included are the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. (
Real Estate
  • Bill Belichick has bought a home on Nantucket. The gambrel-style home on Fair Street in the downtown area was built in 1983. The home was purchased for $4.8 million. (MassLive)
  • Kevin Hart is adding nine shows to the Boston stops on his “Acting My Age Tour” this fall. Tickets go on sale for the Friday, Nov. 8 dates at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Friday, May 17.
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
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Museum of Science making moves for Public Science Common
a rendering of an imagined panel discussion within the Public Science Common.
The multimedia space within the Public Science Common will have 270-degree views of the Charles River. | Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science, Boston
The Museum of Science has announced plans to renovate 10,000 sqft of space for the future Public Science Common.

The state-of-the-art convening space will play an integral part in continuing the mission of the museum to instill an appreciation for science and technology.

The Public Science Common will incorporate three centers for Public Service Learning:
  • Center for Life Sciences: Encourages engagement on biomedical and biotechnological topics
  • Center for the Environment: Dedicated to topics in sustainability, including air + water pollution, and climate change
  • Center for Space Sciences: Strives to further educate on space exploration and astronomy
The center will replace the Cahners Theater and will include a multimedia site that can accommodate up to 700 people with views of the Charles River through three glass walls. The renovations will assist the museum’s endeavor for carbon neutrality by 2035.

Construction is scheduled to begin this year, with completion expected by 2026.
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Get some outdoor exercise this upcoming season with the Boston Parks Summer Series’ free classes. Register for the kickoff event on Thursday, May 16, 5:30-7 p.m. There will be two free workouts and a giveaway.
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