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Privileges for MIT faculty, students and staff at Harvard’s collections:
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MIT faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students are eligible for borrowing privileges at:

On-site-only access is available at:

Apply for Access

Visit the Harvard College Library Privileges Office located at the Widener Library, Room 130, Harvard Yard. Be sure to confirm the Privileges Office hours before you go.

You will be asked to:

  • Provide your MIT ID and a government-issued ID
  • Log in to Borrow Direct with your MIT credentials to verify your eligibility
Faculty and Staff September 1 – August 31
Graduate and Undergraduate Students June 1 – May 31

Terms of borrowing, renewals, overdue fines, use of reserves, etc., are set by the individual libraries. The usual borrowing period is one month.

MIT reciprocal borrowers are not eligible for extended HCL reference services or interlibrary loan services. Please use MIT’s Ask Us! or Interlibrary Borrowing Services.

Other collections and categories of use:

Members of the MIT community who are not eligible for any of the formal agreements described above, or who desire access to any of Harvard’s collections with which MIT does not have such an arrangement, should consult Ask Us.

Depending upon the circumstance, it may be possible to make a special arrangement with Harvard or to identify other area library collections.