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Borrowing Services at MIT

Borrow MIT Items through Your Account

Through Your Account, the MIT Libraries' online account management service, you can:

  • Request MIT Libraries' books and accompanying materials that are available on the shelf. The item will be placed on hold for you at your preferred pickup library.
  • Request MIT Libraries' books and accompanying materials that are on loan to someone else. The item will be recalled from the other user. Recalled items are generally available in 7-10 days.

Important note: Due to reciprocal borrowing agreements, in some instances the due date will not change when an item is recalled. You may request these items through MIT's WorldCat. You may also be eligible for reciprocal borrowing at Harvard. See below for more details.

 

What if MIT doesn't own the book or it isn't available?

There are a few options available to obtain materials you need when the MIT Libraries do not own the item or our copy is not available:

1. Request Borrow Direct (BD) Items through MIT's WorldCat Local

If an MIT Libraries' book is on loan to another user or displays a status in Barton that indicates the item is not available (e.g. on order, on search, missing etc.), you may request it from a Borrow Direct library using MIT's WorldCat.

2. Borrow Items through Interlibrary Borrowing

You may request items through ILB when an item is not available through MIT's WorldCat. If the MIT Libraries do not own the book or journal you need, or if the MIT item is "On Search" or "Missing," you may request the item through Interlibrary Borrowing's (ILB) request system ILLiad. See the ILLiad FAQ for additional policies and restrictions.

* Important note: If the MIT item is on loan or displays any status in Barton other than missing or on search, ILB cannot fill your request. On loan items may be recalled through Your Account. Most recalls will be available in 7-10 days.

3. Visit other area libraries

The MIT Libraries participate in a reciprocal borrowing program with Harvard University. The Harvard College Libraries page has specific information about eligibility and to a link to the online application.