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Service updates

All library locations are now open to MIT faculty, students, and staff in Covid Pass. All users must wear masks and display MIT IDs.

Visit us in person

Access electronic materials and collections

  • All of our e-books, online journals, databases, and other streaming/electronic materials remain available as usual – find what you need using Search Our Collections. See more information about how to authenticate to online resources.
  • Libraries staff have coordinated with major publishers and digital platforms to provide expanded and free resources for remote teaching, learning, and research.
  • Books from our collections that have been available electronically through emergency temporary access from HathiTrust and Internet Archive are now available for physical lending only. You can still request digital copies of these titles through Suggest a Purchase.

Borrow & request materials

  • We no longer ship materials to off-campus addresses. You may request materials for pick up at the library location of your choice.
  • Office delivery will continue for MIT faculty, postdocs, and academic/research staff.
  • Our stacks are open for browsing. You can also place requests via Search Our Collections and track them through Your Account to pick up at the library location of your choice.
  • You can request PDFs of 50 pages or less from print books, journals, and serials through our Scan and Deliver service, or suggest a purchase in digital or physical formats.
  • For Distinctive Collections (Institute Archives, Manuscripts, etc.) materials, visit their requesting materials page for complete information.

Borrow & request materials from non-MIT libraries

Get materials for course reserves

  • The Libraries will offer a full course reserves service for the fall.
  • The service includes access to article and chapter scans through our Scan & Deliver service, as well as access to numerous e-books and databases.
  • Print reserves for required textbooks will be available at the start of the term. Faculty and instructors can submit textbooks for courses via the MIT Coop AIP.

Get help

  • Our Ask Us services are available online for general help, research, and reference questions.
  • Subject expert librarians can teach in MIT in-person and online classes, on topics ranging from archival research to literature reviews and more. They are also available for in-person or remote consultations and can be reached via email.
  • Data Services (GISDMS and Statistical Services) provides assistance across the Institute in data management, creation, visualization, and analysis in support of all aspects of the research, teaching, and learning workflows.
  • Distinctive Collections provides reference consultations (with materials) via Zoom. Visit their requesting materials page for complete information.
  • For help with copyright questions related to digitizing materials, please contact

Returning materials