Updates during COVID-19
Harvard Book Store

Updates on Hours & Services

Reminder! Masks Are Required

Face Masks Required in Indoor Public Places in Cambridge: As of September 3, 2021, face masks or coverings are required in indoor public places per the City of Cambridge. This order applies to everyone over the age of two years old, with exceptions in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines.

Learn more about safety guidelines for in-store shopping below.

We are mindful of those who are not fully vaccinated, those who cannot be vaccinated due to age or health conditions, those who are immunocompromised, and those who have vulnerable individuals in their homes and families—particularly with the spread and transmissibility of the delta variant.

A mask requirement is how we keep Harvard Book Store a welcoming, safe space for everyone in our community. 


So don’t forget your mask, regardless of your vaccination status, and thanks for your cooperation! (If you don't have a mask when you visit, we can provide a one-time use mask for you at the door.)

And thanks (icon of local Cambridge history) Margaret Fuller for demonstrating.


 Updated: September 3, 2021

Updates on Hours

We are open for in-store shopping and curbside pickup. Our in-store shopping and curbside pickup hours are 10am–10pm daily. The used book and bargain basement is also open; learn more about used book buyback here.

Guidelines for Visitors 

  • Face coverings required of all staff and visitors inside. Masks must cover nose and mouth. Thank you! If you forgot one, we can provide a single-use mask for you at the door.

  • Your leashed dog is welcome inside. Please keep your dog close to maintain distancing from others.

  • Curbside pickup is available for your online and phone orders. Follow curbside pickup guidelines.

  • We are buying back used books by appointment only.

  • Please note that hours and guidelines are subject to updates. Check our policy signs when you visit.

Keeping Everyone Safe at Harvard Book Store

  • Our complete staff is fully vaccinated.

  • Air purifiers and fans are positioned throughout the store and workspaces, with MERV-13 filters for our HVAC system.

  • Countertop plexiglass protective shields are in place at checkout and information desk.

  • Signage and staff reminding all to wear face masks.

  • Seating has been removed from the sales floor.

  • Adherence to recommended guidelines from the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), the City of Cambridge, and the Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD).

For those who prefer contactless book buying, we will continue curbside pickup and mail-out services.

We deeply appreciate your continued support, so thank you!

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