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MIT Libraries

MIT's libraries are redefining the role of the 21st-century library, supporting the Institute's programs of research and study in both innovative and traditional ways. Students, faculty, and researchers can tap into a vast array of library resources from classrooms, dorm rooms, or on-the-go through the Libraries' mobile website. Library locations offer technology-enabled rooms for group collaboration and virtual meetings with peers across the globe, as well as quiet spaces for individual study. Students can learn about the Libraries' resources and research tools in workshops, online tutorials, and in-person consultations.

Selected Library Facts

  • The Libraries have over five million items in print and digital formats, including electronic journals and books, images, maps, musical scores, and sound and video recordings.
  • Several libraries offer secure 24/7 study spaces accessible with a student ID.
  • Library partnerships allow students, faculty, and researchers to visit or request materials from more than 25 academic libraries in the northeast, and to borrow articles and other materials from libraries worldwide.
  • The Libraries offer innovative services for bioinformatics, geographic information systems, data management, and publishing.
  • The Institute Archives and Special Collections, a unit of the Libraries, contains MIT's founding documents and the personal papers of noted faculty. The adjacent Maihaugen Gallery features ongoing exhibits of rare and unique items from the collections.
  • DSpace@MIT, an innovation of the Libraries, is a digital repository containing over 60,000 items, including MIT theses and the scholarly works of MIT faculty and researchers, labs, and centers.