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Circulation FAQ: Getting started

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

COVID-19 update

All library locations closed (including 24-hour spaces) until further notice

Library staff can provide remote assistance to help the community access online resources and services: Ask Us

See MIT Libraries COVID-19 updates for the latest information.

Special users

Getting started

Your MIT ID is your library card.  Most members of the MIT community can automatically borrow items with a valid MIT ID at any MIT library service desk.

  • Lincoln Lab employees must obtain an MIT ID which also serves as their library card.
  • Spouse/Partners and dependents of MIT students, faculty or staff must obtain an MIT spouse/partner ID from the MIT Card Office, and then may register for an account at any MIT Libraries service desk. Dependents must be accompanied by a parent when registering for an account.
  • MIT Draper Lab, MIT Whitehead Institute, MIT Affiliate & MIT DLC Sponsored cards: please contact a service desk.
  • MIT Alumni: please contact Document Services for borrowing privileges.
  • If you are not a member of the MIT community, see Library Services for Visitors.

Use your valid MIT ID to check out library materials at any service desk or at the self check-out machines at the Barker, Hayden and Dewey Libraries.

That depends. Please see Library Services for Visitors for more information.

See Hours for all library contact information and operating hours.

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