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The MIT Libraries have launched a new search platform – Search Our Collections. Use this tool to explore, request, and access our print and online collections — primarily books, journals, and articles. See below for more details to help you find and get the materials you need.

Default “All” Quick Search

Our Quick Search remains the default search on the Libraries’ homepage (and above) – this aggregates results from several library search tools and from the results, you can connect to the new platform. This search offers a quick way to get to books, CDs, DVDs, articles, journals, archives and manuscripts collections, and website information.

Go straight to the new platform

  • Main navigation under “Search” – see “Search Our Collections”
  • Search box on the homepage:

Books + media

The “books + media” tab searches for books, ebooks, journals, databases, music, videos, scores, etc. The “libraries worldwide” option will run the search in MIT’s WorldCat, where you can request materials via BorrowDirect or Interlibrary Borrowing.

Articles + chapters

The “Articles + chapters” tab searches articles, book chapters, and more from scholarly journals, newspapers, and online collections. From this tab, you’ll also see links to scoped “journal” or “databases” searches.


The “More” tab above provides a search of the Libraries’ website – search here for library staff, services, subject-based research guides, etc. as well as links to some other commonly used search tools.

More specialized search options

  • A-Z Databases: A filterable and searchable list of databases and other online resources.
  • Archnet: Resources on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world.
  • ArchivesSpace: Archives and manuscript collections in Distinctive Collections.
  • DSpace@MIT: MIT theses, papers, articles, technical reports, and other research materials in MIT’s institutional repository.
  • Dome: Search for images, maps, and other documents from the MIT Libraries’ collections that have been digitized.
  • GeoData: Find GIS/spatial data available at MIT.
  • MIT Libraries Dataverse: A repository of acquired and purchased datasets licensed to support the academic research of MIT students, faculty, and staff. For access details, see terms of use for each dataset.
  • Subject guides + experts: Many specialized databases exist for finding articles in certain subject areas, or by format. Use these subject guides to find them, or ask a librarian with subject expertise.