Baker Library | Bloomberg Center

Buy Journals and Books

Baker staff is committed to providing timely acquisition of books, subscriptions, and other materials for faculty and staff research and office collections.

Placing Orders

  • Use the Purchase Request Form.
  • For questions or inquiries about an order, contact .
  • Materials are the property of HBS and must be delivered to the faculty office on campus.
  • Journal subscriptions are renewed by sending the renewal invoice marked "Renew," with an HBS Quick Code sheet attached, to Kristien Creamer, Baker Library B71B.

Types of Materials

  • Books, working papers, journal, and newspaper subscriptions (print).
  • Electronic journal and newspaper subscriptions.
  • Memberships to professional organizations (only if membership is necessary to receive a subscription to a journal).
  • Video recordings and CDs.
  • Economic, financial, or market research data. Faculty who have specific data extraction and manipulation needs should contact Baker Library Research Services staff (5-6046).
  • Baker Library and the DRFD have an arrangement to obtain the Wall Street Journal in bulk for HBS faculty and staff/departmental offices.
  • Books being used to teach a course should be obtained directly from the publisher. Multiple course books should be ordered through the Coop.


Faculty and staff requiring personal reimbursement for books should:

  • Send the books to Kristien Creamer, Baker Library B71B to be stamped "Property of Harvard Business School" to indicate they were purchased using research funds.
  • Faculty should give all receipts to his or her faculty assistant, who will process the reimbursement.


Standard Service

  • Books are delivered within five-to-ten days. International titles can take two-to-four weeks.
  • Books are sent to faculty/staff offices via inter-office mail.
  • Journal subscriptions take four-to-six weeks. Foreign subscriptions can take up to eight weeks.
  • If pre-payment by check is required, delivery to the faculty/staff member is normally four-to-six weeks for domestic titles and eight-to-twelve weeks for international titles.
  • Journals are mailed directly to the faculty/staff member's campus office. It is HBS policy that subscriptions may not be mailed to a faculty or staff member's home.

Rush Service (for books and non-subscription items only)

  • For materials designated as Rush, the library will get the materials the fastest way possible.
  • Delivery to faculty will usually be within twenty-four hours if available at the Coop.
  • If available overnight or next-day air from an online book vendor or publisher, delivery to faculty will usually be within two-to-five days.
  • In addition to extra shipping and handling charges, the faculty/staff member will be charged fifteen dollars per item requested as Rush. This charge includes hand delivery to the individual's office.

Out-of-Print Books Service

When a requested item is out of print, the faculty/staff member can choose between one of the following options. Baker Library will:

  • Attempt to locate the book through a book dealer for a fee of ten dollars per title. This fee will be charged whether or not the book is found.
  • Charge out Baker Library's copy to the faculty/staff member.
  • Retrieve the book through Interlibrary Loan.

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