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Library services for visitors: Special user types

Information for visitors to the MIT Libraries

Service update

We are working to restart select services while keeping our staff and the MIT community as safe as possible. We will update the Libraries’ service updates page as plans evolve. Library locations and study spaces remain closed until further notice.

Most services will be limited to current MIT faculty, students, and staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

User types

Cross-registered students

Students at other schools who are cross-registered at MIT may borrow MIT Library materials by presenting a valid MIT ID at any information desk.

Harvard University

Harvard faculty, students, and staff may apply for MIT Libraries borrowing privileges at any MIT Library service desk. Please bring your Harvard ID and a government issued ID. You will be asked to log in to Borrow Direct with your Harvard credentials to verify eligibility.

MIT alumni/ae

May purchase Borrowing Cards for $150 per year. See Borrowing Privileges and Library Services for MIT Alumni/ae for more information.

Visiting researchers

May purchase Borrowing Cards for $500 per year. See Borrowing Privileges and Library Services for Visitors for more information.

Wellesley College

Wellesley students, faculty, and staff may obtain MIT library cards with full borrowing privileges by presenting their Wellesley ID at any MIT library.

Borrow Direct

Borrow Direct Plus partners:

  • Brown University
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University

Borrow Direct Plus faculty, students, and staff may obtain MIT library cards with borrowing privileges by presenting a valid university ID and demonstrating that they are a borrower in good standing by logging on to Your Account in Borrow Direct.

Please note: Harvard Borrowers should continue to apply for MIT borrowing privileges at their respective libraries prior to arriving at MIT for expedited access.

Borrow Direct Plus visitors may register Monday-Friday until 5 PM (see Library Hours) at the following libraries:

Borrowing privileges are limited to regularly circulating collections.  Some materials may not be available to visitors.