Bringing and Shipping Books

We recommend bringing as few books as possible, as they can be quite costly to ship back-and-forth.   Also, with Harvard Square's excellent book stores, many fellows find themselves leaving with significantly more books than they arrived with!

Almost any book you need will be available through the Harvard Library System.  Click here to visit the online catalog.


At the conclusion of your stay, we recommend using the nearby post office to ship your books.

Post Office™ Location - HARVARD SQUARE
CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138-9998
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (617) 876-8508

A quicker, though more expensive option, would be to use FedEx, which is located between the Institute and the Post Office:

1 Mifflin Pl
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-0125

Here are some examples of the various costs involved:

FEDEX: An approximately 20 LBS box of books to South Africa -- Over $350 -- With our Harvard discount $160.00

United States Post Office -- "M-Bag" Service -- Used for large quantities of books:
20LB box to London, England $60
20LB Box to Munich Germany $80
20LB Box to Cape Town, SA $80

Please see the below sites for more information:

United States Post Office

Information on M-Bags

Fed Ex information

You may also find the "Flat Rate" Box useful -- when filled with anything, it costs $49 International, or $12.95 Domestic for shipping. A sample box is approximately 12" x 12" x 6."

All of the above options for shipping are delivered in approximately 10 days.

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