Can I have books mailed to me?

We may be able to mail books to patrons during this COVID-19 pilot. 

Who is eligible:

Current Harvard students, staff and faculty.


We can mail up to 10 books  at a time total (limit 100 books per person for the pilot phase).

  • Works must be from the general circulating collections (meaning they can be checked out)
  • Works available digitally are ineligible for this service.


We will try to mail anywhere (international shipping restrictions may apply).


To make a request, please fill out the Book Mailing Request Form.

More information:

More details about the service can be found on our Book Mailing Service page.

Service Alert:

In observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our services will be unavailable on Monday, January 18. There may be a slight delay in our responses to inquiries received over the weekend. If you're experiencing an ongoing technical issue when you attempt to access library materials with your HarvardKey, please report it to Library Technology Services.



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