Updates during COVID-19
Harvard Book Store

Updates on Hours & Services

Shipping services resumed at HARVARD.COM

Updated June 1, 2020

The shipping of books, mugs, tote bags, and apparel has resumed, here on harvard.com!

  • We can ship throughout the United States. Learn more at harvard.com/about/shipping.
  • If you have questions about an order placed before April 2 (via harvard.com) or after June 1, our staff is available to answer questions by email (webteam@harvard.com) or by text at 617-661-1515 or by phone at 617-497-1156 x5 (on weekdays from noon to 5pm). 
  • If you have questions about an order placed between April 2 and May 31 (via Bookshop.org), Bookshop has a dedicated customer support team who can help. Email them at info@bookshop.org.

The following services remain paused:

  • Stay tuned for the return of curbside pickup as an order option on harvard.com.
  • Print-on-demand services will resume shortly. Please direct inqueries to bookmachine@harvard.com.
  • Used book buyback will be suspended during this time, until further notice.
  • Our signed first edition clubs are paused for the time being while we work with publishers to acquire signed books for members. 

Learn more ways to support Harvard Book Store at harvard.com/about/support_harvard_book_store.

Thank you for your purchases and all your wonderful well wishes. Keep reading, stay healthy, and be well.

Planning for a Safe Return to Work

Updated May 22, 2020

With the safety of our staff and community first in mind, Harvard Book Store remains closed to the public until further notice. Stay tuned for updates in coming days and weeks as we observe state/local guidelines and recommendations for a phased reopening, which will include bringing staff back into the store to fulfill the shipping of web orders via harvard.com. We are working with our staff and community for a safe return to work. Stay tuned, and thank you!

Your Online Book Orders in April/May

Updated April 8, 2020

To Our Harvard Book Store Customers & Cambridge Community:

Thank you for your continued support these last few weeks as we’ve responded to the COVID-19 crisis in our country and community. It has affected you, your families, your work life—as it has affected ours. Your patronage on harvard.com during this tough time has helped to sustain the future of a landmark, independent bookstore, as well as the livelihood of our dedicated, hardworking staff.

On a temporary basis, in April and May, your online book orders with Harvard Book Store will be processed and fulfilled by our partners at Bookshop via our online shop at bookshop.org/shop/harvardbookstore.

Harvard Book Store to Close Temporarily

Updated March 31, 2020

Harvard Book Store will temporarily close to the public beginning at 6pm on Sunday, March 15. Stay tuned for updates.

Please Note:

  • Online orders will continue during this time. Learn more here.

  • 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, though our print-on-demand services are paused.

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

  • Event cancellations and updates for this spring are posted below. On April 2 we'll launch our new virtual event series.

  • 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. 

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

Posted March 16, 2020

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 and we will temporarily close to the public. 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 this summer, 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.

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 months. 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.

Canceled Events

Updated March 17, 2020, 12:00pm

All events March 11–April 24 have been canceled. Stay tuned, some will be rescheduled at a later date as we are able:

  • Rebecca Solnit (3/11)
  • Nicole Aschoff (3/11)
  • Anne Enright (3/12)
  • Jennifer Steinhauer (3/12)
  • Linda McClain (3/13)
  • Steven Levy (3/13)
  • Hilary Mantel (3/20)
  • George Scialabba 3/23
  • Christoph Wolff (3/24)
  • Bernardine Evaristo (3/25)
  • Erik Larson (3/25)
  • Richard L. Hasen (3/25)
  • John Kaag (3/26)
  • Ayelet Shachar (3/27)
  • Alice Jardine (3/27)
  • Sharon Salzberg (3/29)
  • Emily St. John Mandel (3/30)
  • Harvard Square Book Circle (3/30)
  • Robert B. Reich (3/30)
  • Julia Bloch (3/31)
  • Neil Shubin (4/1)
  • Harvey Solomon (4/1)
  • Alex Beam (4/2)
  • Meg Lovejoy and Pamela Stone (4/3)
  • Melody Moezzi (4/3)
  • Gerald Posner (4/6)
  • Paul Vidich (4/7)
  • Michael Arceneaux (4/8)
  • Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles (4/9)
  • Carter Sickels (4/10)
  • Fanny Singer (4/13)
  • Stephanie Burt (4/14)
  • Bess Kalb (4/14)
  • Bernice Lerner (4/15)
  • Emily Gould (4/16)
  • David Allen Sibley (4/16)
  • Vincent Brown (4/17)
  • Adrienne Raphel (4/17)
  • Lise Van Susteren and Stacey Colino on (4/20)
  • Joanna Hershon (4/21)
  • Krithika Varagur (4/22)
  • Shaun King (4/22)
  • Rana el Kaliouby (4/23)
  • Ottessa Moshfegh (4/24)

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