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We are working to restart select services while keeping our staff and the MIT community as safe as possible. We will update this page and the Libraries’ service updates page as plans evolve. Library locations and study spaces remain closed until further notice.

Most services will be limited to current MIT faculty, students, and staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Available now

Request digital copies of materials in our physical collections

Request delivery of books, media, and more

  • Use our Quick Search or other search tools to find available content in our general circulating collections.
  • If you require a physical copy of an item, select “Request item.”
  • You will be asked to provide a current address for delivery: either an MIT campus address or off-campus within the United States or Canada (other international users should request digital copies via the Suggest a Purchase form).

Please note that turnaround times are likely to be longer than usual, as our safety protocols limit the number of library staff on campus. We will update this page as we learn more about the volume of requests and how quickly we can fulfill them. Thank you for your understanding.

Access electronic materials and collections

Request materials we don’t own

  • Books/physical items: Request via Borrow Direct (delivery to campus dorms/offices or US/Canadian mailing addresses only) or Suggest a purchase (if an e-version is available, we’ll get it!). Requesting physical materials from regular Interlibrary Borrowing remains suspended until further notice.
  • Articles/book chapters: request via Illiad/Interlibrary Borrowing. You may also Suggest a purchase of materials needed to support online learning and remote work at MIT.

Get materials for course reserves

Return physical materials

Via UPS (US only)

  • We are now offering prepaid domestic UPS shipping labels, one per semester per person, to MIT students, faculty, and staff who are ready to return MIT Libraries’ items, as well as materials obtained through ILB or Borrow Direct​.
  • To request a label, please email circulation@mit.edu with your mailing address, email, and phone number. Labels must be used within 30 days.

On campus

  • Due to campus access restrictions, book return options are limited. Library materials may be returned at the book drop immediately outside the entrance to building 7 (77 Mass Ave. at the top of the stairs).
  • Please do not leave oversized items that will not fit into the book drop.
  • The book drop will be emptied daily.

Other shipping option

If you are located outside the US 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

For all returns

  • Returns will be quarantined for four days before being removed from your account.
  • 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.
  • For questions about your borrowed materials contact circulation@mit.edu.

If you have any other questions, please Ask Us.