The mission of the MIT libraries is to create and sustain an intuitive, trusted information environment that enables learning and the advancement of knowledge at MIT. We are committed to developing innovative services, strategies, and systems that promote discovery, preserve knowledge, and improve worldwide scholarly communication. We empower MIT through knowledge.
- Adopted 2003, revised February 2009
Through the MIT Libraries’ website, MIT students and researchers can search over 3 million printed volumes and tap into over 55,000 databases and electronic journals, and a growing number of digital collections. Library locations offer numerous study spaces, including group study rooms and individual study carrels. Secure 24/7 study spaces are available in two libraries.
The library system also incorporates the Institute Archives and Special Collections, containing many of MIT’s founding documents and technical reports, as well as the personal papers of noted faculty members. The Libraries’ strong traditional resources are supplemented by innovative services for bioinformatics, geographic information systems, metadata, and social science data, as well as multimedia services for video production, conferencing, webcasting, and distance education. The Libraries also manage DSpace@MIT, a digital repository that captures, preserves, and shares MIT’s intellectual output with the world. DSpace@MIT currently contains nearly 50,000 items, including MIT theses and the digital works of 62 communities representing groups of MIT faculty and researchers, labs, and centers. The Libraries also includes the Program for Information Science, which seeks to solve emerging problems in information management and to amplify the impact that MIT has on the development of information science, information policy, and scholarly communication through participation the development of standards, policy, and methods related to information science and information management.
Organizational chart (pdf)
- MIT Libraries calendar of events. Also, subscribe to our RSS feeds to keep up with what’s happening at the MIT Libraries.
- MIT TechTV’s library-sponsored special events: videos of selected past Libraries events
- MIT Press bookstore events
See also: Policy for the use of libraries spaces for non-libraries events (pdf)
Exhibits: See MIT Libraries Exhibits
All vacancies listed on this page are currently open.
- Architecture and Art Librarian (pdf) – Liaisons for Departments, Labs, and Centers
- Associate Director for Information Technology & Digital Development (pdf)
- Collections Analyst and Strategist, Social Sciences and Management (pdf) – Collections Strategy and Management
- Collections Archivist (pdf) – Institute Archives and Special Collections
- E-Learning and Instructional Technology Librarian (pdf) – Instruction and Reference Services
- Software Engineer (pdf) – Software Development and Analysis
- Curation and Preservation Assistant (pdf) – Curation and Preservation Services
- Scanning and Document Delivery Associate (pdf) - Information Delivery and Library Access
The MIT Libraries maintain membership in the following organizations:
- Association of Research Libraries
- Boston Library Consortium
- Coalition of Networked Information
- Council on Library and Information Resources/Digital Library Federation
- DDI Alliance
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
- National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)
- Northeast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL)
- Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)