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Requesting materials

Our collections do not circulate and must be used onsite in our reading room in 14N-118. In most cases our collections are stored off-site and require advance notice for retrieval; please plan to contact us two business days in advance to make arrangements for your visit. Review our reading room policies before you arrive.

Requesting books:

The most efficient way to request specific titles is via our Ask Distinctive Collections form. In the “What is your question” box, please include the call numbers and titles, and the date/s you would like to visit.

Requesting archival materials:

To use the materials described in ArchivesSpace (our finding aid site), please use our Ask Distinctive Collections form and include the collection name, box number(s) and the date/s you would like to visit.

You may also stop by the reading room to request materials and we can help you in person. Our normal operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 10am till 4 pm. Please check for special hours when planning your visit.

Requesting materials (and conducting biographical research) related to MIT people:

Please consult our research guide for help with researching and requesting materials related to MIT students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Requesting Institute Archives records:

Please review our Statement on Accessing Institute Records for complete details on terms of access.