Permissions to Use HUP Material

HUP authors: For help on how to obtain permission to reproduce verse, prose, art, maps, etc. in your own work, please refer to our manuscript preparation guidelines.

Please be sure the material you are requesting was published by Harvard University Press.

Other departments in the Harvard University community publish their own material (e.g., Harvard Business Publishing and Harvard Magazine) and have their own procedures. Please contact these entities directly.

If the title page of the Harvard University Press book you are inquiring about specifies that it is “Distributed by Harvard University Press” on behalf of an academic department at Harvard University, please direct your permissions inquiry to that department.

Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive each day, all correspondence is reviewed, researched, and responded to in the order received.

We cannot at this time provide “quotes” or cost estimates for your proposed use of our material and can consider requests for permission only in cases where full publication details are available for review. We recommend that you apply only when you are reasonably certain that our material is needed. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a standard fee schedule as each book and each proposed use is carefully reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Harvard University Press responds to three general types of permissions requests. Within those three categories, requests are handled in the order received. Please choose among the following options the one that best fits your proposed use:

Alternative Formats for Use by Those with Print-Related Disabilities

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Harvard University Press is happy to supply alternative texts, where possible, to institutions with a student or employee registered as having a print-related disability. Those institutions may request such texts through our website.

(Individuals seeking our books in an alternative format can find recent HUP publications through Bookshare. For older HUP titles, please contact Learning Ally.)

If you represent an institution that is seeking an alternative text, please apply using this form:

Permission for Alternative Formats »

Classroom Uses (Course Packets and Electronic Reserve)

Select Harvard University Press titles are available through the Copyright Clearance Center for immediate approval on all educational uses, including photocopying for course packets and electronic reserve.

If you wish to use material from a title that is not available through the CCC, please apply directly to HUP using this form:

Permission for Classroom Uses »

General Reproduction of Quotes, Excerpts, or Other Portions or Elements

If you are an author or a publisher seeking to reproduce material from a Harvard University Press book, please check that you’ve verified the following:

  • For excerpts, passages, and portions: That the page numbers you provide in your request are from a Harvard University Press edition of the book (as opposed to an edition by another publisher). Sending a request with incorrect or missing pagination may result in a delay in responding to your request.
  • Please also ensure that any desired quotations or excerpts have not been incorporated into our text from other sources, as permission should be sought directly from these sources, rather than Harvard University Press.
  • For figures, tables, maps, or illustrations: That the elements you want are, in fact, content that is original to the Harvard University Press volume. These elements frequently come from another source, such as an individual photographer, research institution, or another publication. There will usually be a credit line on the same page, or in a list elsewhere in the book. If a figure, table, etc. belongs to another source, please contact that individual or institution directly.
  • For all content: That your use of our material is verbatim, as it is our general policy not to authorize adaptations, modifications, redrawing, paraphrasing, or other changes to our content, and we require that any deletions in text or discontinuous passages be indicated by ellipses.

Once you have verified the above items, please apply for permission to reprint or reuse HUP material using this form:

Permission to Reproduce Material »

Other Requests

If, after reviewing our submission forms, you find that your inquiry does not fall within the categories above, please send a letter with as much detail as possible regarding our content and the context in which it will be used, by mail to:

Permissions & Copyright Department
Harvard University Press
79 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1499, USA

Payment Information

All permissions payments must be made by check drawn on a U.S. bank or by international money order in U.S. dollars; must be made payable to “Harvard University Press”; and must be mailed to the above address. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept payment via electronic bank transfer, credit card, or wire, and we do not issue separate payment invoices.

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