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Services for Persons with Disabilities: Home

This guide describes services and resources in the MIT Libraries for persons with disabilities.

Accessibility at the MIT Libraries

We aim to serve everyone in the MIT community. We partner with other MIT offices to provide equitable access to our collections, services, and facilities.

Research assistance (MIT only)

Research consultations

Make an appointment to meet with a librarian in your subject area and get help with your research.

Ask Us

  • Use Ask Us via live chat or email to get help from our staff.

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a digital repository that provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources.

  • As a partner institution, the MIT Libraries are pleased to provide access to HathiTrust Accessible Text Request Service. This applies to all public domain works as well as in-copyright materials that are held currently or have been held previously by the MIT Libraries.
  • Access is provided by the MIT Disability and Access Services. They are also able to assist with searching.
  • See HathiTrust accessibility for full details on how this access works.

Retrieving materials from library shelves

Online via Your Account

  • Search the library catalog and use Your Account (MIT and Harvard only) to request materials for pick-up at any MIT library.
  • Available items will be delivered in 1-2 business days, depending on location.

From the shelves of the library you're in

Set up a Designated Borrower card

Assistive technology

Assistive technology options

Self-service scanners

  • Multiple library locations have self-service scanners that can produce a variety of file types, including PDFs. See our scanning guide for details and locations.
  • Please note that these scanners do not have text-to-speech capability.
  • Staff at any MIT Libraries service desk can help with small amounts of scanning. Contact the library in advance to make arrangements.
  • For extensive scanning jobs, contact MIT Disability Services Office at 617-253-1674 or to discuss options.

MIT campus access

More ways to get help


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