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Library services for visitors: Library use

Information for visitors to the MIT Libraries

MIT campus access

Library use

The MIT Libraries' primary purpose is to support MIT's teaching, research, and scholarly activities. Access to some resources and services is reserved for the MIT community.

  • Current MIT faculty, students and staff have priority access to physical, electronic, and staff resources.
  • All users must abide by the Library use policy.

The Libraries provide limited in-person reference and telephone assistance to visitors:

  • Help with the online catalog and referral to collections and services are available.
  • Full reference service is provided only for Federal government depository collections.
  • The Libraries do not provide in-depth research services to visitors.

Borrowing privileges

The MIT Libraries do not provide visitors with borrowing privileges, except for some special user types. Users with access to campus may use the Libraries resources on site.

Document delivery and interlibrary lending

Computer and network access

Computer use:

  • Priority for computer use is given to MIT users, except for government document depository access, which is made equally available to all.
  • Visitors can use designated visitor computers for 2 hours by requesting a ticket at a library information desk. Visitors are allowed one ticket per day across all MIT Libraries.
  • See the Library use policy for more information.

Electronic resources:

  • Visit Search Our Collections - the Libraries' search platform
  • Be aware that, due to licensing agreements, access to many electronic resources is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff of MIT.

Wireless access:

For information on wireless access to MITnet, consult MIT Guest Wireless Network information.

Scanners and printers


We have a variety of no-cost, self-service scanners available for visitor use. See our scanning guide for details.


We do not offer visitor printing. Other options include:

  • Scan to email or save to a USB device
  • Download to email
  • Visitors may also use MIT CopyTech for printing needs

Please note: MIT Libraries do not have photocopiers.