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Adaptive technology/services for persons with disabilities
The MIT Libraries are committed to making its resources accessible to all members of the MIT community.

If you have an article citation, type the information into the FullText Finder form. If we have a subscription, you’ll be taken directly to the journal.

Ask Us
Get help by email, phone, in person, or by group instruction from our subject experts.

Borrow Direct
MIT is a member of the Ivies Plus Borrow Direct consortium, a cooperative association of academic and research libraries.

Borrower Cards
Purchase a Borrower Card and borrow MIT library materials. (Some exceptions apply.)

Citation management software at MIT
The MIT Libraries supports Mendeley and Zotero for managing citations and organizing bibliographies. Learn more about which program is right for you.

Classes and workshops
The MIT Libraries offer an array of classes on databases and other research tools. Check out our current listings!

Connect from on and off-campus
Access MIT-only resources from home or other locations!

Information for using materials under copyright and managing your own copyright for scholarly publication.

Class guides
Customized research guides for specific MIT classes.

Course reserves
Information and procedures for placing materials on reserve.

Data Management guide
Manage your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle.

Designated borrower
If you are a faculty member you may designate another person to check out books on your behalf. Other MIT community members may request a designated borrower under special circumstances.

Document Services
Order copies and scans of text and images from the MIT Libraries collections, PDF copies of MIT theses, electronic document delivery, and more!

Dome: collections of digitized library content
Currently, Dome holds a collection of over 45,000 digitized images of Art and Architecture from the Rotch Visual Collections, and new collections of photographs, maps, documents, and other materials continue to be added.

MIT’s online institutional repository – built to save, share, and search MIT’s digital research materials.

We have many full-text books online. This guide lists the packages to which we subscribe, plus some free e-books sites.

Technologies available for use in the Libraries.

Faculty book delivery
Faculty may have books delivered to their offices upon request.

Faculty borrowing privileges at other institutions
MIT Faculty may obtain on-site access and/or borrowing privileges at over 160 research libraries participating in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable users to visualize and analyze spatial information in a dynamic, digital environment. It provides tools for integrating, querying, and analyzing a wide variety of data types, such as scientific and cultural data, satellite imagery, and aerial photography, as well as data collected by individuals, into projects, with geographic locations providing the integral link between all the data.

GPS units
Global positioning system units are available for loan from the Rotch Library circulation desk.

Harvard libraries: access for MIT community members
Information to apply for borrowing privileges at Harvard. (Note: not all libraries participate.)

Instructional support
The MIT Libraries actively support learning and research in the MIT community. We work with faculty and students to teach information-seeking skills such as finding, using, and evaluating resources.

Interlibrary borrowing
Need something that MIT doesn’t own? We can help! ILB obtains materials not owned by MIT. ILB exists to support the teaching, learning, research, and other Institute-related work of current MIT faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars.

The Music Library has 5 iPods available for borrowing overnight. They are pre-loaded with tracks from newly-received CDs.

Media Room: Barker Engineering Library
View videos and DVDs, give a presentation, attend a web-based seminar, or participate in a video conference.

Meet with a librarian (MIT only)
Submit a request to meet with one of the Libraries’ subject experts.

New books & recent additions to the collections
See lists by subject or subscribe to RSS feeds.

Publishing help
Library services and resources related to publishing: copyright, open access, and more.

Research alerts/table of contents services
Services for accessing journal tables of contents and research alerts.

Research consultation appointment (MIT only)
Submit a request to meet with one of the Libraries’ subject experts.

RSS/email alerts
Services for finding out about new literature in your field.

Scan & Deliver
MIT faculty, students and staff can get free PDF copies of articles and chapters. Use Scan & Deliver request links in Search Our Collections or your ILLiad account to make a request.

Self-service book scanners are now available in the MIT Libraries. These scanners are available for all library visitors to use instead of photocopying or printing, at no cost, and will allow easy scanning of most library materials. All copiers can also be used to scan.

Scanning services: slides, photographs, & digital scanning
Scanning services for web courseware, slides, and conversion from paper to PDF format.

Social Science Data Services
Get assistance with finding, understanding, and managing statistics or numeric or tabular data in the social sciences, management, and related areas.

Standards on demand
If you need a standard which we don’t own for your research or coursework, you may request it by going here.

Study spaces
Find a space that fits your needs. Make one of our great study spaces your own!

Subject experts
Consult with one of our subject specialists!

Subject guides
Subject specific lists of databases and other resources to facilitate your research.

Suggest a purchase
Tell us if you think the MIT Libraries should purchase a title for MIT’s library collections. If you need materials immediately that are not available in the MIT Libraries, try the Interlibrary Borrowing Service.

Table of contents/research alert services
Services for accessing journal tables of contents and research alerts.

TechCASH: Copying in the MIT Libraries
Information for how to use TechCash to pay for copying and printing. Guest cards available for non-MIT users.

Tell Us
Give us your suggestions for library service innovations or improvements!

Theses: submission to DSpace@MIT
Adding your thesis or dissertation to MIT’s DSpace thesis collection is a great way to preserve the record of your scholarship at MIT. Theses in DSpace are visible to anyone in the world, and will be preserved digitally for long term use and access.

Video conferencing: Barker Media Room
Initiate or attend a video-conference via an H.323 compatible system (IP video-conferencing).

Video tutorials
Learn how to search for materials, access MIT Libraries’ collections, and use tools for bioinformatics and bibliographic management.

Virtual Reference Collection
An online collection of free and subscribed (MIT only) general reference sources.

Visitors: services for outside users
Library services for non-MIT users

Writing help: MIT Libraries
Style and usage manuals, information navigator, virtual reference collection, and the MIT Writing Center.

Your Account: request items
Your Account in the Barton catalog allows members of the MIT and Harvard borrowing communities to request MIT Libraries materials for pick-up at any MIT library.