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
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.
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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:
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- Director of Libraries (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)