Updates during COVID-19
Harvard Book Store

Updates on Hours & Services

Reminder! Masks Are Required

Our mask requirement remains in effect at this time, for the safety and comfort of all our visitors. Please note that we are maintaining an expanded (but limited) capacity for in-store shopping, a no-exceptions mask policy, and other safety protocols. Learn more about safety guidelines for in-store shopping below.

We are mindful of those who are not yet 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. 

For the time being, 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!

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


 Updated: May 28, 2021

Updates on Hours

Updated: May 2021

We are open for in-store shopping and curbside pickup. Our in-store shopping and curbside pickup hours are 10am–8pm, Monday–Saturday and 11am–7pm, Sunday. 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.

  • We have recently expanded our capacity limits, though visitors may still need to wait in a socially distanced line outside if we have reached that limit. Please check in with our door attendant when you enter the store.

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet from others during your visit as much as possible.

  • Contactless / cashless payments are strongly encouraged.

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

  • To minimize the number of people in the bookstore, paid "in-store pickups" have been converted to curbside pickup. Follow curbside pickup guidelines.

  • We are currently buying back used books for store credit only, by appointment.

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

Keeping Everyone Safe at Harvard Book Store

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

  • Hand sanitizer is available when you enter, check out, and exit.

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

  • High-touch surfaces are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

  • Limited capacity in the store, though we are continuing to expand capacity limits.

  • Signage reminding all to wear face masks and maintain social distance.

  • 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!

A Safe Return to Work 

At Harvard Book Store we are following local, state, and CDC–recommended guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our staff, customers, and community—through routine cleaning, requiring mask-use in the bookstore, social distancing, and employee monitoring of symptoms for COVID-19.

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