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Circulation FAQ: Your Account

Gateway to MIT Libraries policies on requesting and borrowing books and other materials.

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Your Account in Barton

Use Your Account in Barton to:

  • Request and renew library materials
  • See what you have checked out
  • See your library fines

Mobile Your Account

Have a smart phone?  Go to to search for, request and renew your library items. 

Using Your Account in Barton

With Your Account, our online access service, you can:

  • Personalize the way you view results in Barton, our library catalog.
  • View what items you have checked out.
  • View what fines you have.
  • Renew library materials borrowed from MIT Libraries' collection.
  • Request checked out items.
  • Delete holds.

Though Your Account has many online features, you will need to contact a service desk if you wish to:

  • Delete Library Storage Annex requests not listed in Your Account.
  • Request an item without shortening the current due date.
  • Cancel a request.
  • See fines or charges that that have already transferred to Student Financial Services (SFS) or Accounts Receivable (AR).
  • Renew reserve items that have been requested by another student.
  • Request reserve items.
  • Track or renew items that you checked out manually. (Some items do not have library barcodes and therefore cannot be checked out to your online account.)
  • Change your personal information (address, phone number, email, etc.).
  • Change your "home library."
Yes, Your Account is secure while you are logged in. However, it is very important to quit out of the web browser at the end of each session to ensure privacy. There is no log out button.

Everyone with an MIT Libraries account can use Your Account, but privileges vary. See below for details:

Patron Status

Request & Recall


MIT Faculty Yes Yes
MIT Staff Yes Yes
MIT Student Yes Yes
MIT Spouse/Partner Yes Yes
Draper Lab Yes Yes
Lincoln Lab Yes Yes
Whitehead Institute Yes Yes
Harvard Reciprocal Yes Yes
Wellesley Faculty & Student Yes Yes
Privilege Card No No
MIT users, log-in using your Kerberos ID and password or MIT web certificates. If you are a new or existing user without a Kerberos account (ex. MIT Spouse/partner, BLC, P-Card etc.), you may use this form to contact a staff member who will help you register for Your Account, or simply visit any of the MIT Libraries' service desks.
  • Search the Barton catalog for the item you'd like to request.
  • When you find the item you want, view the full record by clicking on the "Find it in the library/Request item" link. When the full record loads, click the request button.
  • The Touchstone login page will load. Login using your Kerberos ID (MIT community members) or Touchstone Collaboration Account (non-MIT library account holders).
  • Once you have successfully logged in, you will be directed to a request page. Choose your MIT Library pickup location from the drop down box and then click the go button.
  • You will receive an email notice when the item is placed on hold for you at the pickup location.
You can view your record online through Your Account. You are responsible, however, for keeping track of any books which have been checked out manually. (Some items do not have library barcodes and therefore cannot be checked out to your online account.) You can also visit any service desk to find out what you have checked out.

Ask Us and we will assist you with canceling your request.

You can view your fines online through Your Account. You can also visit any library service desk to find out if you have any fines.

Yes, the library needs to receive updates on changes to your address, phone number or email. If you are MIT faculty, student or staff, it's best to update your contact information through Atlas - My Profile. We automatically receive those updates each business day.

If you do not have access to Atlas, please visit an MIT Libraries service desk.

You should report it immediately to any library assistant to prevent unauthorized use of your card. Please contact an MIT Libraries service desk.

If your library card is also your MIT ID, report it immediately to the MIT Card Office.

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