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Library services and resources during COVID-19 response

(updated March 27, 2020)

Library access

All MIT Libraries (including 24-hour spaces and book drops) are closed until further notice, but we will continue to provide resources, services, and consulting online. We are here to support you. 

Getting help

  • We are maintaining our Ask Us services for general help, research, and reference questions.
  • Subject experts are available for remote consultation and can be reached via email.
  • For help with copyright questions related to digitizing materials: please email

Electronic materials and collections

Suggest a purchase

To request that the Libraries purchase an e-book or other materials for you, fill out our Suggest a Purchase form. We’ll move quickly to fulfill all approved orders.

Course reserves

The Libraries are currently working on how to support courses during the period when classes are taught remotely.​ Please check back for more information.

Interlibrary requests

  • We are still filling article and book chapter requests when we can. Given that many interlibrary lending systems across the country are shut down, we ask for your patience and understanding.
  • Requests for physical materials via Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Borrowing have been suspended until further notice.

Physical materials

  • Overdue fines for books and other library materials have been suspended and will not be charged to you, including for materials on loan from other libraries.
  • Renewals will be extended to 7 for MIT, 5 for non-MIT users.
  • Returning materials by mail is not recommended at this time. Please hold onto the materials you have checked out.
  • Recalling items through the catalog has been disabled.
  • Holds will remain on the shelf during the Libraries closure and will remain on the shelf for one week after the Libraries reopen. If you know that you will not need an item on hold or in the request process, we appreciate updates, but understand this is not a top priority. ​
  • Office delivery and the Scan and Deliver services have been suspended until further notice.
  • For questions about your borrowed materials, circulation rules, fines, renewals, etc., contact

Distinctive Collections

The Distinctive Collections Reading Room will be closed to all researchers until further notice. Researchers with existing travel plans should reschedule their visit. For questions about Distinctive Collections resources and services, contact

Institute Records Management program

As long as Iron Mountain continues normal operations, users of the Institute Records Management program will be able to retrieve and return boxes at the Iron Mountain storage facility by emailing


Theses for the May 2020 degree period may be submitted electronically in accordance with the Emergency Academic Regulations in effect March 15, 2020. The Libraries are working with the Institute to develop new specifications, and we will post updates on the Specifications for Thesis Preparation page when available.