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Gateway to MIT Libraries policies on requesting and borrowing books and other materials.
Last Updated: Apr 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Special users

  • MIT alumni/ae
    What services are available for MIT alumni/ae?
  • Non-MIT students
    I'm a student at another local college/university. May I borrow materials directly from the MIT Libraries?
  • Non-MIT institutions
    MIT Interlibrary Loan lends original materials owned by the MIT Libraries to other institutions.
  • Visitors
    What other services are available for outside users?
  • MIT retirees
    Faculty and staff who retire from MIT are eligible for continued library privileges. Simply visit the MIT Card Office (W20-021) to obtain your retiree card

Getting started

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.

How do I contact the service desk of each library?

See About Us for a list of all library locations.

See Hours for all library operating hours.


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