Need technology items, like cables, headsets, keyboards, or monitors?
Visit the MIT Libraries' Help Center, click on "Desktop Support," and click on "Technology Basics," then choose "Technology Basics" to create your request.
Read this before requesting any workstation productivity items or remote supply orders. When making a request, you will be asked to confirm that you have read these guidelines and agree to comply. Please read full policy linked below.
Please use the instructions below to begin acquiring furniture and/or equipment to set up your work locations appropriately. This process is not meant to acquire new items for your workstations beyond the basics. If you have a new need for furniture or technology for your workstation, please discuss that request with your supervisor.
Staff are responsible for either purchasing MIT-bought items or returning items to campus upon their departure. Please coordinate with your supervisor, and return your items during regularly scheduled business hours whenever possible. MIT Libraries will not arrange shipping or pay for costs associated with returning items to campus. Staff are not required to return fully depreciated furniture, see "Purchasing items" to calculate depreciation.
If you wish to purchase your MIT-supplied item upon your departure, please work with your administrative assistant to do so
Furniture is set to depreciate fully after 4 years. Thus, the value of items will be determined by an annual decrease in price of 25% based on the original cost. (e.g., a chair priced at $400 will cost $300 to purchase after 1 year, $200 after 2, $100 after 3, and $0 after 4.)
Q. How do I let someone know that I returned my items to work and am no longer hosting them in my remote space?
A. Use the Jira tech form to notify ITS for location changes for technology equipment, and contact your local administrative assistant for updates on furniture whereabouts.
Importantly, please keep in mind the following issues:
To submit a request for supplies to be sent to you at home, please use this form. We will only be able to purchase items that are allowed by MIT's central procurement office. Our FAQ has a list of some common allowable and unallowable items. Please note that there is a $50 cap for each staff member on supply requests every fiscal year.
You must also read and agree to the Staff Member Responsibilities listed on this page before submitting a request.
Supplies for campus locations don't count against the $50 at-home supply cap for individuals.
Q: I have a question about reimbursements. Where should I direct it?
A: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What items are allowed/disallowed in terms of supplies? Can I buy a space heater/ear plugs etc?
A: Items that fall under a typical office supply umbrella, such as paper, pens, staplers, etc. can be purchased and shipped to staff at home. Items such as space heaters, ear plugs, and humidifiers cannot be purchased for individual staff and shipped to or brought home. If you have questions about other allowed/disallowed items, please email email@example.com.
Q: Why not? Why are there such specific restrictions on these purchases when I can get a space heater on campus?
A: As a recipient of federal research funding, MIT must procure goods and services in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Uniform Guidance. As sound guidance and practice, VPF has adopted this framework as its purchasing policy for all purchases made at the Institute, regardless of funding source.
A key principle is to abstain from purchasing items for personal use. When we are on campus we can easily substantiate the business purpose of expenditures, such as furniture, peripherals, and supplies. Being in remote workspaces, that are individual’s personal living spaces, the line between purchasing items for personal use versus work is much harder to differentiate, and are therefore under greater scrutiny.
Q: How are we differentiating between personal supply caps and on-campus supply orders?
A: Supplies for campus locations don't count against the $50 at-home supply cap for individuals.
Q: Why do I have to send in my packing slip?
A: Packing slips are required by MIT/Procurement as proof of delivery. The team ordering items and reconciling charges need this confirmation of receipt to complete reconciliations in a timely manner.
Q: Now that I’ve sent in the slip, can I recycle it? Does this need to go back to MIT?
A: Please retain all packing slips. The paper copy is considered the copy of record according to MIT audit guidelines. When you return to campus, please ensure your name is somewhere on the slip and provide them to your Administrative Assistant for retention.
Q: I don’t have a smartphone. What are alternate ways to send in packing slips?
A: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
Q: My item did not have a packing slip. What do I do?
A: Please take clear pictures of items received as visual documentation of receipt and email to the ADLIB member who ordered your item.
Q: Where did the $50 limit come from for supply purchases? What do I do if I need something more expensive to do my job like toner cartridges?
A: The $50 limit per calendar year should cover most general supply needs in our current unusual circumstances. If you need something that exceeds the $50.00 limit, please submit your request to your supervisor (cc: email@example.com) for review.
Q: What form do I use to request technology purchases? Is this part of this process/the $50 cap?
A: Technology needed for your work should be requested using Jira Service Desk (navigate to “Desktop Support” > “Technology Basics” > “Technology Basics” to submit your request. These items will not be counted toward your $50 cap.
Q: If I order furniture/equipment through this process, does MIT own it?
A: Yes. MIT will own any materials purchased with MIT funds and these will need to be returned to campus or purchased at some point in the future.
Q: What do returns on technology/furniture to MIT look like? Who needs to know about/receive returned materials?
A: To return technology equipment, enter a ticket using Jira Service Desk (navigate to “Desktop Support” > “General question or request”). It may be possible to purchase out of warranty technology equipment instead of returning it; if you’d like to inquire about purchasing technology equipment, enter a ticket using Jira Service Desk (navigate to “Desktop Support” > “Purchases” > “Purchase decommissioned equipment”). Please connect with your supervisor and administrative assistant on returning or purchasing furniture. MIT Libraries will not pay for or arrange for shipping of furniture.
Q: What is the deadline for purchasing furniture? For supplies? For technology?
A: Requests will be fulfilled on an ongoing basis.
Q: How long will it take for my order to be placed once I fill out the Google form?
A: Completion time depends on approvals and administrative team bandwidth, as well as item availability with vendors and shipping speeds. Desk and chair purchases will be placed via a batch process with central procurement. We’ll send shipping information for all orders when we have it.
Q: I have a question that isn’t covered here. Where do I go to get that answered?
A: You can email firstname.lastname@example.org