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Borrow & request MIT materials

  • Your MIT ID is your library card. We cannot accept Mobile IDs, except for MIT faculty, students and staff. See special user types for information about services for other groups.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Get materials for course reserves

  • The Libraries offer a full course reserves service.
  • 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.

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
  • Journals – 1 week
  • Equipment, Reserves, Reference – vary. Please email for more information.


  • Items needed for course reserves may be recalled after a 1-week loan.
  • Otherwise, a minimum 60-day loan period is guaranteed.

Renewal allowed

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


  • We do not charge standard overdue fines.
  • We do charge fines for:
    • Overdue reserves – $2/hour
    • Items borrowed from other libraries (BorrowDirect and ILB) – $0.50/day
    • Long overdue/lost (30+ days past the due date) – $135 replacement fee. All replacement fines and fees are credited when the item is returned.

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