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How do I get a library card?
Any member of the MIT community may receive borrowing privileges by bringing a valid MIT ID to any MIT library service desk to be registered for privileges.
- Your MIT ID is your library card.
- Lincoln Lab employees must activate their MIT ID for library privileges at the Lincoln Lab Security Office or at the MIT Card office at least 24 hours before visiting a library.
- Spouse/Partners and dependents of MIT students, faculty or staff must obtain an MIT spouse/partner ID from the MIT Card Office, and then may register for an account at any MIT Libraries service desk. Dependents must be accompanied by a parent when registering for an account.
- If you are not a member of the MIT community, see Services for Outside Users.
How do I borrow library materials?
Once you are registered, you may use your ID to check out library materials at any service desk. You must present a valid MIT ID when borrowing materials. You may also use the self check-out machines at the Barker, Hayden and Dewey Libraries.
I'm not from MIT. Can I borrow MIT materials?
That depends. Please see Services for Outside Users for more information.