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
About the Libraries
Supporting teaching, learning, research, and innovation at MIT and globally, the Libraries connect faculty and students—wherever they are—to the best scholarly information available. Expert staff, state-of-the-art technologies, and abundant resources serve every part of the Institute, bridging disciplines and communities across campus. The Libraries advance knowledge at MIT and beyond in many ways.
- Increasing access. Each year, the MIT community downloads tens of millions of items from the Libraries, and performs more than 45 million searches on scholarly databases. The Libraries are a leader in Open Access; scholarly works by MIT authors that have been made freely available have been downloaded more than 6.7 million times around the world. In addition, partnerships with other top research libraries give the MIT community access to materials from libraries worldwide.
- Preserving knowledge. MIT is at the forefront of disseminating groundbreaking research and scholarship and of ensuring its accessibility for future use, tackling the complex issues of preserving digital information. The Institute Archives and Special Collections serve as the “memory” of MIT and contain its founding documents and the personal papers of noted faculty.
- Providing community spaces. Five library locations offer welcoming spaces for quiet study or collaboration, with some accessible 24/7. The Libraries sponsor more than 400 events each year, including classes, wellness events, and an Institute-wide reading program.
- Engaging in research and development. The Libraries’ interdisciplinary research and development efforts aim to tackle complex challenges in developing new, sustainable models for producing, using, managing, sharing, preserving, and discovering scholarly information in a digital age.
- Digital Archivist – Institute Archives and Special Collections (pdf) – application deadline June 1, 2017
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)
The MIT Libraries is committed to supporting diversity, inclusion, and well-being within the communities we represent and serve. To that end, the Libraries seek to:
- 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.