Curbside & In-store Pickup
Harvard Book Store

Curbside & In-store Pickup

View our curbside pickup, in-store pickup, and in-store shopping hours here.

Please Note:

We are now asking customers to call us rather than text when you arrive for curbside pickup. Thank you!

Books can also be picked up in-store at the bookstore, if you don't require curbside pickup services. Just ask for your books at the Information Desk.

Curbside Pickup Checklist

  • Have you placed your order at ✓

  • Have you received your “It’s Ready!” email? ✓

  • Do you have your face covering? ✓

  • Have you consulted our current Curbside Pickup Hours? ✓

  • Have you reviewed the instructions and guidelines below? ✓

  • Then we’ll see you soon! 

  • Please Note: Please don't call the store until you have arrived for your pickup. This will ensure your books are in the right place at the right time!

How to Place an Order for Curbside or In-store Pickup

  • Place your order and complete your transaction at When checking out, choose “pickup” as the delivery method.

  • We will email you pickup instructions with the subject line “It’s Ready!” once your order has been processed and prepared. (Please note, we may need to order in books to complete your order so processing times will vary. For in-stock books, please allow us at least 1-2 days to process the order.)

  • Please note our current hours of operation (above!) when planning your visit.

  • For the safety of you and our staff, masks or face coverings are a must when picking up your books. Our staff will also be wearing masks.

  • You can pick up your books by car or by foot/bike.

Picking up by car? 

  • Pull up next to Harvard Book Store on Plympton St or in front of the store on Mass Ave

  • Call us at 617-661-1515 when you arrive. We'll need your full name, a description of your car, and your location.

  • With the safety of you and our staff in mind, we will not hand you your order. Please stay in your car and pop the trunk. Our bookseller will put your books in the trunk. You’re all set! 

  • Please note: if you are unable to pop the trunk, please use our “picking up by foot” instructions.

Picking up by foot or bike?

  • Call us at 617-661-1515 when you arrive. We'll need your full name. We'll bring your books to you outside the store.

In-store Pickup

  • If you are able to come inside into the store, simply ask for your books at the Information Desk! Masks are required for all visitors in the bookstore at this time. 

Thank you for your cooperation around these requirements, which keep us all safer. If unable to follow these guidelines and safety standards, please choose to have your books shipped. We reserve the right to cancel an order if guidelines for pickup cannot be followed. Thank you for your understanding, your support, and your continued patronage.

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