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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.

Services during IAP (Jan 3-30)

Borrow & request MIT materials

  • Request physical delivery of books, media, and more:
    • Use Search Our Collections to find available content in our general circulating collections – log-in to request items.
    • You will be asked to provide a current address for delivery: either an MIT campus address or off-campus within the United States (including territories) or Canada. We do not ship to other international locations. International users should request digital copies via the suggest a purchase form.
    • If you already have a book on hold at one of the library service desks, email and we’ll arrange for delivery to you.
  • 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 site for complete information.

Borrow & request materials from non-MIT libraries

  • Books/physical items: Request via BorrowDirectIlliad/Interlibrary Borrowing, or Suggest a purchase.
    • BorrowDirect items can be delivered to an MIT campus address or off-campus mailing address.
    • Interlibrary Borrowing items can be delivered to an MIT campus address only.
  • Articles/book chapters: Request via Illiad/Interlibrary Borrowing.
  • In-person visits with Borrow Direct partners: Due to continued Covid restrictions, most libraries are limiting access at this time. We strongly recommend checking with a library before visiting.

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


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 are not available during the IAP closure.


  • 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 If you have any other questions, please Ask Us.