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Library services for MIT Alumni/ae: Library use

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Library use

The MIT Libraries encourage MIT alumni/ae to make use of the libraries during their visits to campus. Library hours and locations are available online.

Reference help

Reference and information staff can:

  • assist alumni/ae in using the online catalog.
  • answer questions about locations of library materials.
  • make referrals to appropriate library collections and services at MIT and in the greater Boston area.
  • provide brief research assistance.
  • Full reference service is provided in the use of government document depository collections.

Some limitations apply:

  • Reference services are scheduled to meet the needs of the MIT community; times of available service vary from library to library.
  • Current MIT faculty, students and staff have priority access to physical, electronic, and staff resources.
  • Alumni/ae must abide by the Library use policy.

The following resources are available at all times:

  • The Virtual Reference Collection is a collection of useful reference websites compiled by MIT librarians.
  • Research guides, created by MIT librarians, recommend websites and resources for research in specific subject areas or on specific topics.

Borrowing privileges

MIT alumni/ae may register for borrowing privileges at an MIT Libraries service desk by presenting their MIT ID for Alumni.

For questions about borrowing privileges, contact

Please note: These privileges do not include off campus access to electronic resources, except those provided via the Alumni access program. Many other e-resources may be accessed on site in the MIT Libraries.  Privileges also do not include Interlibrary Borrowing from non-MIT institutions.

Document delivery

For a fee, MIT alumni/ae around the world can order MIT technical reports/working papers and theses from the MIT Libraries' extensive and unique collections.

Computer and network access

Computer use

  • Priority for computer use is given to MIT users, except for government document depository access, which is made equally available to all.
  • See the Library use policy for more information..

Electronic resources

  • Visit Search Our Collections - the Libraries' search platform
  • Be aware that, due to licensing agreements, access to many electronic resources is restricted to current MIT students, faculty, and staff.

Wireless access

For information on wireless access, consult network connectivity for MIT guests.


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