The MIT Libraries support all of the Institute's programs of study and research with holdings of more than five million items in print and digital formats, including electronic journals and books, technical documents, images, maps, musical scores, and sound and video recordings.
The MIT community can tap into this vast array of resources through the Libraries' website, http://libraries.mit.edu/, or through the MIT mobile app and the Libraries' mobile website, http://m.mit.edu/libraries/. MIT students, faculty, and researchers can also request materials from Ivy League partner institutions, as well as other libraries worldwide, through MIT's WorldCat, http://mit.worldcat.org/, and use over a dozen other academic libraries in the Boston area, http://libraries.mit.edu/blc/.
On campus, students can find numerous spaces in the Libraries for quiet study or group collaboration. Barker, Dewey and Hayden libraries offer secure 24/7 study spaces accessible with a student ID. Group study rooms in several library locations can be reserved in advance and are equipped with LCD screens and video conferencing capabilities. See http://libraries.mit.edu/study/ for a complete list of library locations, hours, and study spaces.
The Libraries offer expertise in a wide range of subjects from Aeronautics to Urban Studies http://libraries.mit.edu/experts, as well as specialized services supporting bioinformatics, geographic information systems, social science data, and research data management.
Students can learn about library resources and research tools in workshops (http://libraries.mit.edu/calendar/), online tutorials (http://libraries.mit.edu/videos/), research guides (http://libraries.mit.edu/research-guides) and one-on-one consultations with librarians. Reference assistance is available through Ask Us! (http://libraries.mit.edu/ask-us/).
The MIT Libraries also include the Institute Archives and Special Collections (http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/), containing MIT's founding documents and the personal papers of noted faculty, and DSpace@MIT (http://dspace.mit.edu/), a digital repository containing over 70,000 items, including MIT theses and many of the scholarly works of MIT faculty and researchers.