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Circulation and access policies

All researchers, whether or not they are affiliated with MIT, are welcome to use the collection. All MIT publications are cataloged in Barton, the MIT Libraries' online catalog.

Since the MIT publications collection in the Institute Archives and Special Collections serves as the permanent record of many scholarly activities of MIT, the materials do not circulate. Items from the collection may only be used in the Institute Archives reading room. However, many items in the MIT publications collection are duplicated in the holdings of the divisional libraries, from which they may be borrowed if the researcher has borrowing privileges at MIT. Some also have online versions. See Alternative Locations of Some MIT Publications.

Most of the MIT publications collection is stored off site and requires at least 24-48 hours advance notice to retrieve. Publications may be requested by
  • filling out an order form in the reading room of the Institute Archives
  • submitting a request through Ask the Archives!
  • telephoning (617.253.5690)

Please include the following information with your request:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Call number

Materials will usually be available after 3:00 pm on the business day following the day of the request. A researcher can ask to be notified when items are available for use.

Photocopying policy

For reasons of preservation and security, the Institute Archives has no self-service photocopy machine. Copies of MIT publications may be ordered from the MIT Libraries' Document Services. The Institute Archives reserves the right to restrict duplication of any item considered by the Reference Archivist too fragile to copy.

Other sources of information about MIT publications

The following sites may also be of interest in locating MIT publications:

Publications: Links to selected on-line publications or their home pages

Research at MIT: List of MIT research centers, laboratories, and programs, with links to their home pages

MIT academics: Links to the home pages of MIT's academic departments

Administration: Links to the home pages of MIT's administrative offices

MIT Press: Home page of the MIT Press



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