Shipping Services
Harvard Book Store

Shipping Options

We have three shipping options available to harvard.com customers:

  • Saver (USPS Media Mail - Uninsured / Minimal Tracking)
  • Priority (USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground - Detailed Tracking)
  • Specialty (USPS Media Mail or Priority, based on order contents)

Please note that Harvard Book Store is not responsible for stolen or missing packages marked "delivered" by USPS or UPS tracking. Missing package claims must be made with the USPS or UPS.

Looking for Info on Curbside and In-Store Pickup?

Review our curbside pickup FAQ and safety guidelines here.

Looking for Holiday Deadlines?

Review our Notes on Processing Time.

Looking for Shipping Policies from Our Virtual Warehouse Sale?

Please note that the policies noted on this page apply only to orders shipping out from Harvard Book Store and harvard.com. Our policies differ for our Virtual Warehouse Sales—bargain book flash sales that take place exclusively at hbswarehousesale.com. Review our Warehouse Sale Info & Policies here.

Saver Shipping

Available for book orders 

Orders $75 +
Shipping is FREE for book orders over $75
(though you may opt to contribute to the cost of shipping—thank you!)

Orders < $75

$3.99 for the first book
$1.19 for each additional item

This option is only available for orders within the contiguous United States.

Saver Shipping Details and Exclusions:

  • Saver Shipping items will be sent via USPS Media Mail.
  • Delivery time is generally 3–11 business days.
  • USPS media mail is not insured, and offers minimal tracking information.
  • Saver shipping does not apply to orders including non-book items (i.e. Harvard apparel, mugs, tote bags), Google Print-on-Demand, or bulk Print-on-Demand orders.

Priority Shipping

Available for book and non-book orders 

Your shipping cost will be calculated at checkout and is based on your destination zipcode.

Only available for orders within the United States.

Priority Shipping Details and Exclusions:

  • Priority Shipping orders will be delivered via USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground.
  • Delivery time is generally 2–5 business days.
  • Priority packages are insured for up to $50 and have detailed tracking information. Please note: Claims for lost or damaged packages must be reported by the customer to the USPS or UPS.
  • All items are shipped "no signature required." If you would prefer to have your order shipped with signature required on delivery, please indicate this in the Comments field. Additional charges apply.
  • Priority shipping does not apply to orders including Google Print-on-Demand titles or to orders including both non-book items (i.e. Harvard apparel, mugs, tote bags) and other items.
  • Expedited shipping may be available upon request. Please include special requests in the Comments field of the order form. Questions may be emailed to webteam@harvard.com. The total shipping cost listed on your automatically-generated invoice will not reflect any requested alternate shipping options. If your shipping cost varies from the standard flat rate, we will contact you for approval before charging your credit card.

Combined & Specialty Shipping

Google Print-on-Demand Titles

Because these titles require additional labor, the shipping cost is higher than we charge for other orders on our website. However, we no longer charge any additional resizing or processing fees on any print-on-demand titles ordered through our website.

Harvard University Clothing Orders

All orders for Harvard University Clothing will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail, which takes 2–5 business days. Please note, we cannot currently ship clothing orders to Canadian addresses.

Unless otherwise noted, all clothing is in stock and will ship out the following business day.

Sorry, in-store pickup is not available for University clothing orders.

Combined Orders

Orders including both non-book items (i.e. Harvard apparel, mugs, tote bags) and books cannot be shipped media mail, and are not eligible for Saver shipping.

International Orders

We do not accept orders originating outside of the United States and we do not ship internationally.

Apologies for the inconvenience!

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