A Note on Processing Time
Harvard Book Store

Updates & Upgrades

Placing a time-sensitive order?

Call us at 617-661-1515 rather than placing a web order or emailing!

Web orders placed during this time may take up to 1–2 weeks to be processed and completed (this includes orders for in-stock items).

Online Order Deadlines for harvard.com orders to help ensure arrival by Dec 25

Books - Shipping Priority Mail
Order in-stock titles by Mon, Dec 11

Books - In-store pickup
Order in-stock titles by Mon, Dec 18

Gift Cards - By Mail
Order online by Thu, Dec 14

Gift Cards - In-store pickup
Order online by Thu, Dec 21

Processing Time for HARVARD.COM Orders

Web orders placed during this time may take 1–2 weeks to be processed and completed (this includes orders for in-stock items), though we will work as speedily as we can to exceed these estimates. You will be contacted when your order is ready, and we thank you for your patience! Our team will also contact you with ETAs for items that are not in stock, with the option to cancel them from your order if you prefer.

Have a question? Email webteam@harvard.com. Email responses might take a business day or two; our team is working to answer everyone as promptly as possible! Thank you.

Update: July 2023

At the end of June we updated the system that runs our registers and databases! 

Thank you for your patience and understanding with any hiccups that have occured along the way.

If you have placed an order with on or since June 26, 2023, and have yet to receive a status update, please email orders@harvard.com so that we can provide you with one. Thank you!

Do You Have a Gift Card that Looks Like This?

As this system upgrade includes a change to our gift card database, existing gift cards will need to be transferred to our new system as od Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Please note that your existing card won’t lose its value, and there’s no deadline for switching to a new card, but we will need to convert your card in order to use your credit.

If you have an existing Harvard Book Store gift card (as pictured above; the code on the back will also begin with “603”) we will transfer your balance to a new card the next time you visit the bookstore. You can have this taken care of by a bookseller at the Information Desk.

Our updated gift cards look like this:


If you are planning to redeem your gift card on harvard.com, you can also request for your balance to be transferred via the form below. Thank you for your patience as we process these requests!

Classic Totes

Tote bags and pouches
in a variety of styles,
sizes, and designs
, plus mugs, bookmarks, and more!

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Shipping & Pickup

We ship anywhere in the U.S. and orders of $75+ ship free via media mail!

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Noteworthy Signed Books: Join the Club!

Join our Signed First Edition Club (or give a gift subscription) for a signed book of great literary merit, delivered to you monthly.

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