Document Services offers free interlibrary borrowing services to the MIT community, lends materials to domestic & Canadian institutions, and provides paid document delivery & scanning services to the world.
Order/purchase copies of materials from MIT collections
Order forms are in the sidebar. Please verify that MIT owns the material before placing an order.
- Journal articles and conference proceedings owned by MIT: Use the journal search or conference search in the Barton Catalog.
- MIT theses: See the dissertations/thesis guide.
- MIT research publications: See the tech reports guide and the working papers guide.
Borrow materials from MIT collections
- Non-MIT individuals and MIT alumni/ae: Purchase personal borrowing privileges via a Borrowing Card.
- Non-MIT institutions: Borrow via our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. See our ILL guide.
- MIT users: Simply use your MIT ID at any library.
Get materials from non-MIT libraries
MIT users only (includes current MIT faculty, staff and students). To make sure we don’t already own the item you are looking for, follow our guide: Get books, articles, & more from MIT & non-MIT libraries.
- Best option for articles: Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB)/ILLiad – ILB/ILLiad guide | Request via ILLiad
- Best option for books: Search for items in MIT’s WorldCat. Many items can be requested directly in MIT’s WorldCat via Borrow Direct or the Boston Library Consortium. If those options aren’t available, there will be a link in the record to request the item via ILB using MIT’s ILLiad. You can also request the item via ILLiad – see the ILB/ILLiad guide.
Use our Scanning Services to digitize your materials
- Scan large collections of print materials
- Slides and photographic scanning