Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB)
Need something that MIT doesn’t own? We can help!
ILB obtains materials not owned by MIT. ILB policies limit support to the teaching, learning, research, and other Institute-related work of current MIT faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars.
There is no cost for using ILB, but use is restricted to MIT only via MIT's Touchstone.
Getting Started- Request via ILLiad:
- ILLiad is now Touchstone-enabled for access via MIT certificates or Kerberos username/password.
- New to ILLiad? You'll be asked to confirm your pickup location for loans and personal info the first time you use ILLiad.
- If you have trouble accessing ILLiad, Ask ILB
- Contact Ask Us! for help with ILLiad or reference assistance
- Find answers in the ILLiad FAQ
- Send an email or call 617-253-5684
Tips to ensure efficient handling of your requests:
- Submit all requests via ILLiad.
- Carefully fill out your request forms. Incomplete or inaccurate citations can cause delays.
- When you see the SFX button in a database, e-journal or other search tool, SFX can automatically paste citation data into ILLiad request forms.
Before ordering material through ILB, be sure to check:
- Barton - the online catalog of the MIT Libraries
- Vera - the gateway to MIT’s online subscriptions, E-journals, and databases.
- SFX FullText Finder - if you have a citation to an article and want to locate the full text fast.
We may have it here! You may not need to wait!
Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) Service Policies
Due to budgetary constraints, the following types of requests cannot be filled:
- All requests must be submitted through ILLiad in order to comply with U.S. Copyright regulations. ILB cannot accept requests via email, telephone or fax.
- ILB service is limited to MIT-related research, scholarship, and work and is provided at no cost to current members of the MIT community.
- Materials owned by MIT that are checked out to another person cannot be requested through Interlibrary Borrowing. To access materials checked out to someone else:
Theses available through MIT's electronic subscription to Proquest Dissertations & Theses or theses that require purchase from document providers cannot be borrowed through Interlibrary Borrowing.
- You may recall material that is checked out to another person at any time, through Your Account in the Barton Catalog. Requesting a recall will shorten the borrowing period for the person who currently has the material, allowing you to borrow the material after it is returned.
- You may also request items via MIT Libraries' WorldCat. The WorldCat Unmediated Borrowing service allows you to request items from other Boston Library Consortium institutions. See our WorldCat FAQ for more information.
- If a thesis is not available for purchase, Interlibrary Borrowing will try to borrow it for you.
- Interlibrary Borrowing will try to identify libraries that are willing loan dissertations and theses to the MIT Libraries, but if your request cannot be borrowed by the MIT Libraries and must be purchased, your request will be cancelled and you'll be notified of the options available to purchase the item yourself.
- See the Dissertations/Theses Research Guide for more info about finding and getting theses from non-MIT institutions.
Requests by MIT staff not in direct support of your position and work at MIT.
- If you are requesting materials that appear unrelated to your MIT department, lab, or center, you will be asked to confirm how the request supports your position at MIT.
- o If you are an MIT staff member and taking a class at another institution (which may or may not be covered by MIT’s tuition reimbursement program), please use the library services available at the institution where you are studying, or the services of a public library such as the Minuteman Library Network or Boston Public Library.