Updates during COVID-19
Harvard Book Store

Updates on Hours & Services

Updates on Hours

Updated: January 3, 2021

We are open for in-store shopping and curbside pickup. The used book department is temporarily closed (see below). As of Sunday, January 3, our in-store shopping and curbside pickup hours will be 10am–6pm, daily. 

Please note that we are maintaining 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.

Guidelines for Visitors 

  • Due to limited capacity in the store, please be prepared to wait in a socially distanced line outside if necessary.

  • Face coverings required of all staff and visitors inside. Masks must cover nose and mouth.

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

  • Contactless / cashless payments are strongly encouraged.

  • No dogs inside (except service animals and "pups in arms") permitted in the store at this time. (Sorry, pups.)

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

  • Please check in with our door attendant when you enter the store. If the store is at capacity, you'll be asked to join our socially distanced line outside.

  • For the time being we are not buying back used books. Sign up to be notified when buyback resumes in early 2021.

  • No gift-wrapping for the time being.

  • 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 throughout the day.

  • Limited capacity in the store.

  • 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!

The guidelines and protocols above were implemented in July 2020. MERV 13 filters for our HVAC system were installed in December 2020

Used Books Basement to Temporarily Close through the Beginning of 2021 

We temporarily closed our used book and remainder basement to shoppers for the final weeks of 2020. We've transformed this space into socially distanced work stations for packing up your holiday packages as we work to safely and swiftly process your harvard.com orders. The bargain basement will re-open to shoppers in early 2021, when we expect to resume buying back used books.

Apologies to shoppers of used books! Thank you for your understanding. Updated October, 2020

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.

Updated June 2020

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