Because of its extensive literary history, academic appeal, and large
student population, Cambridge is home to a large and diverse array
of bookshops. Cambridge actually boasts more bookstores per capita
than any city in the world-thirty-six in all, twenty-four of which
are in Harvard Square.
Harvard University's famed Widener Library, the largest academic
library in the U.S., is located right outside Harvard Square in
Harvard Yard. Although the Library is only open to students, the
University has a wealth of beautiful buildings and museums which
can be visited. Also in the Yard is the seated bronze statue of
John Harvard, sculpted by Daniel Chester French in 1884. The popular
statue is inscribed "John Harvard, founder of Harvard College, 1638,"
is sometimes known as "the statue of three lies." The image is not
of John Harvard, since no known rendering of him exists, the college
was founded in 1636 not 1638 and John was not the founder, but an
early benefactor who donated his library to the school.
Harvard Events & Information Center
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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Visitor Information Center Hours: September - May, Monday - Saturday,
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- 7:00 p.m.