Updates on COVID-19
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Updates on COVID-19

Harvard Book Store to Close Temporarily

Updated March 23, 2020

To Our Harvard Book Store Customers & Cambridge Community:

Harvard Book Store will temporarily close to the public beginning at 6pm on Sunday, March 15. We plan to remain closed to the public through Tuesday, April 7. Stay tuned for updates.

Please Note:

  • We ship books: Shop our shelves from home at harvard.com. (Find shipping details at harvard.com/about/shipping.)

  • Curbside pickup is discontinued as of March 23 at 6pm.

  • Our Print-on-Demand services staff will be available for email queries at bookmachine@harvard.com.

  • Used book buyback will be suspended during this time, until further notice.

  • Event cancelations and updates for this spring are being posted regularly below.

  • Check out more ways you can support Harvard Book Store at harvard.com/about/support_harvard_book_store.

Look for more announcements and recommendations to come, via our social media channels, email newsletter, and harvard.com.

Thank you for your understanding. We are grateful for your patronage. Please email questions and comments to us at info@harvard.com. Questions about book orders can be emailed to orders@harvard.com, texted to 617-661-1515, or asked by phone at 617-497-1156 x5 during the hours of 12pm to 5pm.

How our business and event series are being affected by COVID-19

With the health and safety of our staff and community members in mind, Harvard Book Store events scheduled to take place this spring have been canceled. Updates as they unfold will be posted below. Authors routinely travel widely to celebrate and share their new books, and we are lucky and grateful here in Cambridge to be a frequent author tour stop. We will continue to assess the viability of resuming events later this spring, with the guidance of our authors, publisher partners, the Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and the latest updates on the City of Cambridge and COVID-19. More updates to come.

Stay tuned to harvard.com and harvard.com/events, @HarvardBooks, and our email newsletter for continued updates. Please see below for a list of canceled events, with updates as they occur.

Our mission as an independent bookstore is multifold, including being a space our community can count on to be open, accessible, welcoming, and safe. We hope to return to regular hours in coming weeks. In our store, as the COVID-19 crisis developed, we implemented procedures to sanitize frequently used objects and surfaces (door handles, credit card number pads) and make tissues and hand sanitizer available to our customers and staff. We encouraged cashless transactions whenever possible.

We join the chorus of strong encouragements to follow CDC guidelines: stay home and away from others when sick, wash hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, cough into your elbow and not your hands, avoid touching your face, and stay informed.

During this time, we’re grateful to our Harvard University, Harvard Square, Cambridge, and Greater Boston communities, whose continued support ensures the future of this landmark independent bookstore.

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