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Library services for visitors: Library use

Information for visitors to the MIT Libraries

Service update

Library access is limited to:

  • MIT faculty, students, and staff and their invited guests in compliance with MIT’s campus access policies.
  • Visitors who have been issued a Tim Ticket by Distinctive Collections or for Libraries business or events.

All Libraries users must be in compliance with MIT's campus access policy, including.

Please note: The MIT Libraries do not sponsor users in Covid Pass or issue Tim Tickets for access to Libraries’ general collections or study spaces.

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

Library Borrowing Cards permit borrowing of materials, with some exceptions, in accordance with library policy.

Please note: Borrowing privileges do not include offsite access to licensed electronic material (i.e. databases and ejournals), or on-site access to licensed resources that require MIT authentication.

Document delivery and interlibrary lending

  • Document Services makes materials available for a fee to those without MIT affiliation. They loan MIT Libraries materials to libraries and businesses, in accordance with library policy.
  • Visitors may order PDF copies of MIT Theses, technical reports, and working papers through the Distinctive collections request system. See Requesting materials for complete information.

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.
  • 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 Wireless MITnet access@MIT.

Scanning, photocopying, and printing

No MIT affiliation is required to use these services. For instructions, visit the Scan, Copy, & Print guide.