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Library use

The MIT Libraries' primary purpose is to support MIT's teaching, research, and scholarly activities. Access to some resources and services is reserved for the MIT community.

  • Current MIT faculty, students and staff have priority access to physical, electronic, and staff resources.
  • All users must abide by the Libraries Guidelines for Use and Computer Use Policy.

The Libraries provide limited in-person reference and telephone assistance to visitors:

  • Help with the online catalog and referral to collections and services are available.
  • Full reference service is provided only for Federal government depository collections.
  • The Libraries do not provide in-depth research services to outside users.

Borrowing privileges

Library Privilege Cards (P-cards) permit borrowing of materials, with some exceptions, in accordance with library policy.

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

Document Services makes these materials and services available for a fee to those without MIT affiliation:

  • Copies of MIT theses and research publications.
  • Loans of MIT Libraries materials to libraries and businesses, in accordance with library policy.
 

Computer and network access

Public workstations:

  • Preference for workstation use is given to MIT users, except for government document depository access, which is made equally available to all.
  • See Computer Use Policy for more information on the use of public workstations.

Electronic resources:

  • Public access to Barton, the MIT Libraries’ online catalog, is at http://libraries.mit.edu/barton.
  • 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

No MIT affiliation is required to use these services. For instructions, visit the Scan, Copy, & Print guide.

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