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
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
See also: Policy for the use of libraries spaces for non-libraries events (pdf)
Exhibits: See MIT Libraries Exhibits
The Libraries seek to create and manage an environment that supports learning and research, and fosters a sense of community at MIT. In pursuit of these goals, the Libraries expect users to follow these Guidelines for use of the MIT Libraries. Also see:
All vacancies listed on this page are currently open.
- Director of Libraries (pdf)
- Collections Strategist (Arts & Humanities) – Collections Strategy and Management (pdf)
- Department Head – Liaison, Instruction, and Reference Services (pdf)
- Software Engineer – Digital Library Application Development (pdf)
Fellowship Opportunities (application process on hold)
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)