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Library use

The MIT Libraries encourage alumni/ae of the Institute to make use of the Libraries during their visits to campus.

Library locations and hours of operation are available online.

Reference help

Reference and information staff can:

  • assist alumni/ae in using the online catalog.
  • answer questions about locations of library materials.
  • make referrals to appropriate library collections and services at MIT and in the greater Boston area.
  • provide brief research assistance.
  • Full reference service is provided in the use of government document depository collections.

Some limitations apply:

  • Reference services are scheduled to meet the needs of the MIT community; times of available service vary from library to library.
  • Current MIT faculty, students and staff have priority access to physical, electronic, and staff resources.
  • Alumni/ae must abide by the Library use policy.

On-line help is available at all times:

  • The Virtual Reference Collection is a collection of useful reference web sites compiled by MIT librarians.
  • Research guides, created by MIT librarians, recommend web sites and resources for research in specific subject areas or on specific topics.

Borrowing privileges

Alumni/ae who want to borrow materials from the Libraries' collections may apply for a Library Privilege Card (P-cards) at a special rate.

Please note: Borrowing privileges do not include offsite access to licensed electronic material (i.e. databases and ejournals), or on-site access to licensed resources that require MIT authentication.

Document delivery and interlibrary lending

For a fee, MIT alumni/ae around the world can ask Document Services to deliver journal articles, MIT technical reports/working papers and theses from the MIT Libraries' extensive and unique collections.

  • Electronic format is available in many cases.
  • Rush delivery can be provided.
  • Payment options include credit cards.

Computer and network access

Computer use:

  • Priority for computer use is given to MIT users, except for government document depository access, which is made equally available to all.
  • See the Library use policy for more information..

Electronic resources:

  • Public access to Barton, the MIT Libraries’ online catalog, is at
  • Please note that access to some electronic resources is restricted to current students, faculty and staff of MIT, due to licensing agreements. Details are available at information desks.

Wireless access:

For information on wireless access to MITnet, consult Wireless MITnet access@MIT.


Scanning, photocopying and printing

These services are available to all. For instructions, visit the Scan, Copy, & Print guide.

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