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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 Libraries Guidelines for use and Computer 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

Public workstations:

  • Preference for workstation use must be reserved for current members of the MIT community.
    •  Exception: Government document depository access is available to all.
  • See Computer use policy for more information on the use of public workstations.

Electronic resources:

  • Off-site access to databases, e-journals and e-books licensed by the MIT Libraries is restricted to current MIT students, faculty and staff.
  • On-site access to some electronic resources is restricted to current MIT community members as well, due to licensing agreements with information providers. Details are available at library 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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