"Ask Us!" is a reference help service offered by the MIT Libraries. Your question will be answered as soon as possible, and no later than 5:00 PM the next business day.
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, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. As a partner institution, the MIT Libraries are pleased to provide special access to HathiTrust content for members of the MIT community with print disabilities. 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 ATIC lab; they are also able to assist with searching, if required. See HathiTrust accessibility for full details on how this access works.
Request MIT Libraries materials for pick-up at any MIT library. Available items will be delivered in 1-2 business days, depending on location.
Contact the circulation desk of any MIT Library to request a special arrangement. (This may not be available on days when staff is reduced - for example, on holidays.)
It's best to plan ahead if you need help with extensive library research. Please contact the Student Disability Services Office at 617-253-1674 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to discuss your disability-related needs and to request assistance.
Headphones are available at the Service Desks of each library. The Barker, Dewey, and Hayden libraries also have computer terminals with JAWS software.
The following libraries are equipped with book scanners that can scan books or journal articles and convert them to multiple file types, including PDFs:
Files scanned from each machine can either be saved to a flash drive or emailed. There is no charge to use these machines. Please note that these machines do not have text-to-speech capability.
Staff at any of the service desks listed above can help with small amounts of scanning. Please contact the library in advance to make arrangements. For more extensive scanning needs, please contact the Student Disability Services Office at 617-253-1674 or email@example.com to make an appointment to discuss your disability-related needs and to request assistance.