MIT and Harvard to continue expanded privileges

Harvard Library access and borrowing is easier than ever for MIT affiliates

Harvard Widener Library

Photo: Joseph Williams (orginally posted to Flickr as Harvard) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

MIT Libraries and Harvard Library are pleased to announce revisions to our reciprocal access and borrowing agreement, which began as a pilot in September 2016 and recently concluded a successful trial. The finalized agreement combines the best aspects of MIT’s pre-existing agreements with Harvard, in place since the early 1990s, with privileges afforded by our BorrowDirect membership, all while simplifying the registration process for our users.

The revised agreement enhances the uniqueness of the MIT/Harvard partnership while improving our patrons’ experience with more user-friendly and updated services. MIT and Harvard scholars will benefit from improved on-site access to a wider range of library materials, recognizing the value of collaborative collections sharing and offering robust support for today’s interdisciplinary scholarship. Affiliates from each institution will enjoy access to 28 libraries across both campuses, providing more options than ever before.

MIT and Harvard affiliates also no longer need to bring a privilege letter from their home library system in order to apply for reciprocal library privileges. Faculty, students, and staff from MIT can apply for a Harvard Library special borrower’s card by visiting the Library Privileges Office  in Widener Library where they can log into MIT’s BorrowDirect service to verify MIT credentials. Patrons are asked to bring a school ID as well as an additional photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. There is no fee for the borrower card.

If you have any questions about these privileges or about the application process, simply Ask Us.