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We are working to restart select services while keeping our staff and the MIT community as safe as possible. We will update the Libraries’ service updates page as plans evolve. Library locations and study spaces remain closed until further notice.
Most services will be limited to current MIT faculty, students, and staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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.
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
Computer and network access
- 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.
- Public access to Barton, the MIT Libraries’ online catalog, is at http://libraries.mit.edu/barton.
- Please note that access to some electronic resources is restricted to current students, faculty and staff of MIT, due to licensing agreements. Details are available at information desks.
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.