Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Don't give up! Use Interlibrary Borrowing to access materials the MIT Libraries don't own

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Have you come across an article you need for an upcoming paper, but you can’t access it through the Libraries? Is there a book you’d like to read on your free time , but according to Barton, the Libraries don’t own it? Don’t give up! Current MIT faculty, students, and staff can get materials from other libraries in the region, the country, and across the world at no cost to the borrower.

Looking for a book? MIT’s WorldCat will tell you if we own it or if you can request it from another nearby university library. If MIT does not own a book, click on the blue “Request from” button at the right of the screen. This button will also show you an approximate time for your book’s arrival.

If it’s an article you’re looking for, you’ll first need to find out if we own the journal that it’s in. The easiest way to do this is to search Barton for the journal title.

If we don’t own the journal, or if a book isn’t available through one of our WorldCat services, it’s time to take advantage of ILLiad! Besides placing requests, you can use ILLiad to check on the status of a request, renew books, and retrieve requested electronic documents.

Take a look at this chart for more information on how to request materials that the MIT Libraries do not own. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us at We’ll always try to find what you need, no matter how rare or obscure.