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Library services for visitors: Special user types

Information for visitors to the MIT Libraries

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Useful info:

User types

Borrow Direct

Current students and faculty from Ivy Plus schools may apply for MIT Libraries borrowing privileges at any MIT Library service desk. Please bring your school ID and a government-issued ID. You will be asked to log in to Borrow Direct with your home institution credentials to verify eligibility.

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

MIT alumni/ae may register for borrowing privileges at an MIT Libraries service desk by presenting their MIT Alumni ID. Please note, these privileges do not extend to electronic access but many e-resources may be accessed on-site. See Library Services for MIT Alumni/ae for more information.

OCLC Reciprocal borrowing program

The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Onsite Borrowing Program provides faculty members on-site access and borrowing privileges at member libraries - the MIT Libraries is a member of this cooperative library organization which includes 160 other research libraries.

To take advantage of this OCLC program as a visitor to the MIT Libraries, please work with your home library, following instructions on the OCLC Onsite Borrowing Program site in order to obtain a card to present at MIT for registration.

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.