The mission of the MIT Libraries is to create and sustain an evolving information environment that advances learning, research, and innovation at MIT. We are committed to excellence in services, strategies, and systems that promote discovery, preserve knowledge, and improve worldwide scholarly communication.
– Adopted 2003, November 2013 revision
Tim the Beaver and friends share the great information, people, and study spaces in the MIT Libraries
MIT’s libraries are redefining the role of the 21st-century library, supporting the Institute’s programs of research and study in both innovative and traditional ways. Students, faculty, and researchers can tap into a vast array of library resources from classrooms, dorm rooms, or on-the-go through the Libraries’ mobile website. Library locations offer technology-enabled rooms for group collaboration and virtual meetings with peers across the globe, as well as quiet spaces for individual study. Students can learn about the Libraries’ resources and research tools in workshops, online tutorials, and in-person consultations.
Selected library facts
- The Libraries have over five million items in print and digital formats, including electronic journals and books, images, maps, musical scores, and sound and video recordings.
- Several libraries offer secure 24/7 study spaces accessible with a student ID.
- Library partnerships allow students, faculty, and researchers to visit or request materials from more than 25 academic libraries in the northeast, and to borrow articles and other materials from libraries worldwide.
- The Libraries offer innovative services for bioinformatics, geographic information systems, data management, and publishing.
- The Institute Archives and Special Collections, a unit of the Libraries, contains MIT’s founding documents and the personal papers of noted faculty. The adjacent Maihaugen Gallery features ongoing exhibits of rare and unique items from the collections.
- DSpace@MIT, an innovation of the Libraries, is a digital repository containing over 60,000 items, including MIT theses and the scholarly works of MIT faculty and researchers, labs, and centers.
- 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
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on requesting space for events.
- GIS Specialist – Data and Specialized Services (pdf) – ON HOLD
- Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian – Liaison, Instruction and Reference Services (pdf)
- Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture – Data and Specialized Services (pdf)
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
- National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)
- Northeast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL)
- Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)
- Promote and enhance the well-being of all our community members — especially students — by maintaining inclusive, safe, and welcoming spaces and by providing resources, services, and programs that promote and reflect diversity, inclusion, social justice, and wellness.
- Increase the percentage of underrepresented minority (URM) staff in the Libraries.
- Provide ongoing training and support for all library staff in developing cultural competencies.
- Maintain strong relationships within the MIT community, especially with URM groups and programs, supporting their goals and valuing their opinions.
- Be a leader within the library and archives communities to advocate for broader adoption and implementation of these goals.