The Harvard Cooperative Society Continues its Partnership with Barnes & Noble College

December 19, 2013


The Harvard Cooperative Society, The COOP, has decided to continue its partnership with Barnes & Noble College to manage its Harvard and MIT campus stores. The decision builds on a long and mutually beneficial relationship that dates back to 1995.

“Our partnership with Barnes & Noble College has been positive for all parties involved for over 18 years,” said Jerry Murphy, President of The Harvard Cooperative Society. “There is a high standard of excellence for all that we do here at Harvard and MIT, and The COOP stores reflect this standard. I am confident Barnes & Noble College is best prepared to deliver the latest and most innovative solutions for The COOP as we navigate the digital age.”

Barnes & Noble College is recognized for its ability to bring innovative programs and solutions to college and university campuses. The selection of Barnes & Noble College will allow The COOP to continue to offer a variety of affordable choices for course materials, including in-store and online rental programs, an extensive selection of used and new books, digital textbooks through its NOOK Study™ digital platform, as well as the highest-quality emblematic gifts and apparel.

Serving Harvard and MIT

The COOP board, comprised of students, administrators, faculty and alumni, chose Barnes & Noble College — after a thorough evaluation — as the company with the experience, technology, and resources to best serve the needs of The COOP’s members and the Harvard/MIT community. As the industry continues to evolve and transform, Barnes & Noble College and The COOP, together, will be able to navigate The COOP stores through the digital age. With its recent strategic partnerships with renowned innovators Microsoft and Pearson, Barnes & Noble College is shaping the next-generation of learning content and is set to provide students and educators with a learning platform second to none in the marketplace.


Harvard COOP Society
Murals reflecting the history and culture of Harvard University adorn the interior of The Harvard COOP, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


America’s Largest College Bookstores

With an extensive array of first-class apparel and gift items, and with the largest selection of reading and reference materials of any college bookstore in the world with over 150,000 volumes in-store, Barnes & Noble College has helped The COOP become a destination, not only for students, but for thousands of visitors from the around the world who visit the Harvard and MIT campuses each year. Despite a difficult economy for the nation and the bookstore industry, The COOP stores have seen increased sales each year over the last three years.

“We’re extremely proud of our continued partnership with The Harvard Cooperative Society, which supports two of the world’s most distinguished institutions,” said Max J. Roberts, CEO of Barnes & Noble College. “We’re committed to Harvard and MIT by providing world-class stores for students, faculty and the Cambridge community and will continue to deliver outstanding products, services, and innovation to support the accelerating changes in higher education.”


The Harvard Cooperative Society
The Coop was founded in 1882 by a group of Harvard students and established as a cooperative to serve the academic and general needs of the Harvard community. In the beginning, The COOP was simply a place to buy books, school supplies and coal and wood for those cold Cambridge winters. The COOP has been serving the MIT community since 1916 and has grown into one of America’s largest college bookstores, with five locations and an online catalog (

About Barnes & Noble College
Based in Basking Ridge, N.J., Barnes & Noble College is the leading operator of college bookstores in the United States. Barnes & Noble College currently operates over 700 of the finest campus bookstores, serving 4.5 million students and more than 250,000 faculty members at colleges and universities nationwide, delivering students and faculty an unmatched retail and digital learning experience driven by innovation, deep student and faculty insights, and advanced technologies. With its new partnerships with Microsoft and Pearson, Barnes & Noble College is shaping the next-generation of learning content for students and faculty. To learn more, visit us at