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Library services for MIT Alumni/ae: Access to collections

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Access to collections on campus

  • Search Our Collections for books, music, journals, and more.
  • Alumni/ae who come to a Libraries’ information desk and present their MIT Alumni ID are eligible for borrowing privileges without charge.
  • Access restrictions apply during exam periods in December and May (see library hours for dates).
  • At their discretion, the MIT Libraries may limit or refuse access by individuals or groups whose behavior fails to comply with the Library use policy.


  • Please note that due to licensing agreements off campus access to e-resources is restricted to current students, faculty and staff of MIT. Many e-resources may be accessed on site in the Libraries. See e-resource troubleshooting for more information.
  • The MIT Alumni Office offers access to JSTOR, a collection of scholarly journals in many fields with deep historical coverage, although current years are excluded; EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition, a multi-disciplinary full-text database; and EBSCO Business Source Alumni Edition, a scholarly business database. To access any of these online resources, go to MIT Alumni Association Infinite Connection (Infinite Connection login required).
  • The MIT Open Access Articles collection consists of scholarly articles written by MIT-affiliated authors that are made available through DSpace@MIT under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, the MIT opt-in open access license, or under related publisher agreements.

Government documents

As a selective US Federal Depository Library, the MIT Libraries will provide access to government information in accordance with the requirements of the Depository Program.  Depository users must adhere to the same standards of behavior expected of other library patrons.

Distinctive Collections (including Institute Archives)

Learn more about requesting materials from Distinctive Collections.