Supporting teaching, learning, research, and innovation at MIT and globally, the Libraries connect faculty and students to the best scholarly information available from wherever they are. Expert staff, state-of-the-art technologies, and abundant resources serve every part of the Institute, bridging disciplines and communities across campus. The Libraries advance knowledge at MIT and beyond in many ways, including the following:
- Enabling discovery. Experts in a range of disciplines help students and faculty find the best sources from a vast collection of books, journals, databases, and archival and rare materials.
- Increasing access. Each year, the MIT community downloads tens of millions of items from the Libraries, and performs more than 45 million searches on scholarly databases. The Libraries are a leader in Open Access, making more than 70,000 scholarly works by MIT authors freely available to the world.
- Preserving knowledge. MIT is at the forefront of disseminating groundbreaking research and scholarship and of ensuring its accessibility for future use, tackling the complex issues of preserving digital information.
- Providing community spaces. Library locations offer secure spaces for quiet study or collaboration, some with 24/7 access. The Maihaugen Gallery exhibits rare and unique items from MIT’s collections, while the Institute Archives and Special Collections contains MIT’s founding documents and the personal papers of noted faculty.
- Connecting to a vast scholarly network. Partnerships with other top research libraries enable the MIT community to access materials from libraries worldwide and staff to tackle complex 21st-century information challenges.