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Reopening for spring term Jan 31
All locations will reopen for browsing and in-person services on Monday, January 31st. See spring term hours for location-specific information. Access will remain compliant with MIT campus access guidelines for the MIT community and visitors. If you need help, Ask Us.

Borrow & request MIT materials

  • Your MIT ID is your library card.
  • Our stacks will reopen for browsing on Monday, Jan. 31. 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.
  • Office delivery is available for MIT faculty, postdoc, and academic/research staff.
  • Faculty and Instructors are eligible to request a designated borrower, who may check out materials reserved for the faculty/instructor. Designated Borrowers must be in Covid Pass.
  • 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.
  • 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

Return physical materials

On campus

Other shipping options

If you are off-campus and have items you wish to return, they may be sent to the following address:

MIT Libraries Book Return
MIT Libraries
350 Brookline St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Policies

Loan periods

  • Books and accompanying materials, DVDs, and off-campus collection – 60 days

 Renewal allowed

  • MIT Faculty, Students and Staff – 5
  • MIT Other – 3
  • Non-MIT – 2

Recalls

Recalls are not available during the IAP closure.

Fines

  • We do not charge standard overdue fines.
  • We do charge fines for:
    • Overdue reserves – $2/hour
    • Overdue recalled items – $2/day
    • Overdue items from non-MIT libraries (via ILB/Illiad and Borrow Direct) – $0.50/day
    • Long overdue/lost (30+ days past the due date) – $15 + replacement fee. Replacement fee credited if the item is returned.

For questions about your borrowed materials contact circulation@mit.edu. If you have any other questions, please Ask Us.