Gift Cards

Harvard Book Store's Gift Card FAQ

Where can I spend a Harvard Book Store gift card?

Both in-store and by phone at Harvard Book Store and online at (but not with third-party partners).

Our gift cards are the perfect present for any occasion, and they never expire! Gift cards are available in a range of denominations. Gift cards purchased online will be mailed out to the recipient from Harvard Book Store.

Gift cards are redeemable for books and merchandise at Harvard Book Store and, but please note the following exceptions. Gift cards may not be used with our third-party partners (Eventbrite for event tickets, for audiobooks, or—nor can they be used for Signed First Edition Club subscriptions.

Are e-gift cards available?

Yes, we have "gift codes"—for use ONLY on! These are different from "Gift Cards" as described on this page.

Gift codes can be emailed directly to their recipient (or emailed to you, for you to forward along at the appropriate moment for the occasion!) Learn more at our Gift Code FAQ.

Can I include a message with a gift card purchase?

Yes! You'll be able to pick one of our rotating selection of greeting card messages to go with your gift card. (These cards are only available for gift cards purchased on You'll also have the option to include a custom message, in addition to filling out the "To" and "From" fields. 

Gift Card Transfer Requests

We updated the system that runs our gift cards in the summer of 2023.

Beginning Tuesday, June 27, 2023:

If you have a gift card with a code that begins with “603” we will transfer your balance to a card on our new system the next time you use it in the bookstore. We can also do this for you at the Information Desk the next time you visit. Please note that your old card won’t lose its value, and there’s no deadline for switching to a new card, but we will need to convert your card in order to use your credit. If you are planning to redeem your gift card on, you can also request for your balance to be transferred via the form below. Thank you for your patience as we process these requests!