MIT Libraries' Distinctive Collections comprises the Aga Khan Documentation Center, the MIT Institute Archives, Manuscripts, Rare Books, Visual Collections, the Wunsch Conservation Lab, and Metadata & Digital Collections Services.
Distinctive Collections collects, preserves, and fosters the use of unique and rare materials such as tangible and digital archives, manuscripts, ephemera, artists’ books, and more. With these collections the Libraries seeks to cultivate the interest in past, present, and future; the humanistic and the scientific; and the physical and the digital in order to inspire and enable research, learning, experimentation, and play for a diverse community of users.
The Distinctive Collections Reading Room is open to all, regardless of institutional affiliation, for use of our collections.
Emilie Hardman, Head
For all reference requests, please contact us using our form: Ask Distinctive Collections
In the Hayden Library, 160 Memorial Drive
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 USA
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