New library search platform launches July 13

What you need to know

It’s almost here — our new library search platform launches on July 13. Here’s a refresher on what will look different, what will stay the same, and what new features to look for. 

Accessing collections
The launch of this major systems upgrade was planned to ensure as minimal impact as possible on the community. 

  • From July 9 to 13, although you will not be able to request materials directly from the catalog, you can still request materials from the Libraries during this time via the Ask Us chat service or by emailing
  • Throughout the upgrade, you can still request books from other libraries via Borrow Direct, articles and chapters via interlibrary loan, or suggest a purchase in digital or print format. 
  • You’ll have uninterrupted access to online resources, including e-books, online journals, databases, and streaming media. 

Try it out
This upgrade aims to give MIT community members a more intuitive and seamless experience searching, browsing, and accessing our collections. We encourage you to try it out, get familiar with the new platform, and let us know what you think (we’ll provide a feedback link). And don’t forget: we’re always here to help.

Questions? Email us at 

Happy searching!