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MIT Campus Facilities



The MIT athletic complex consists of ten buildings and 26 acres of playing fields. The Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, the main hub of athletic facilities, offers diverse programs in fitness, aquatics, and recreation. The facilities include 12,000 square feet of the latest in cardio, selectorized machines, free weights, and entertainment equipment. Also available is a Natatorium with a 50-meter pool, dive well, and a warm instructional pool. Daily, weekly, monthly and summer passes are available for purchase. For more information, please visit:

Aside from The Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, indoor facilities include the Johnson Athletic Center, Rockwell Cage, and the David Flett duPont Athletic Center. Outside you will find 16 tennis courts, Steinbrenner track and field, Jack Barry Turf Field, and newly renovated baseball and softball fields. Some of the seasonal facilities include the Sailing Pavilion, Pierce Boathouse, and Johnson Ice Arena. All of these are included in the membership.


Full service bookstores on or near the MIT campus:

The MIT Press Bookstore: Kendall Square, 292 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
617-253-5249; fax: 617-258-6894;

MIT Coop: Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
617-499-3200; (fax) 617-621-0856;

Computers and Printing
Participants and affiliates will have access to the internet through the Athena Computing Environment. Participants and affiliates will be able to browse the web, check email, complete classwork, and print class materials using Athena workstations and printers, which are located in clusters about the campus. Instructions for registering for an Athena user account will be given to participants and affiliates at check-in.

Faculty, participants and affiliates are strongly encouraged to bring their laptops. This will permit you wireless access to the internet on the MIT campus. We strongly recommend that PC laptops come installed with a working wireless card and Windows XP with Service Pack 2. We strongly recommend that Macintosh laptops come installed with either an Airport or an Airport Extreme wireless card and at least OS 10.2.

In addition to the Athena clusters, there will be a small computer lab dedicated to the Summer School, which will contain computers loaded with software used in Summer School classes.


MIT and its surrounding communities offer a broad spectrum of services, activities, and resources for LBGT, questioning, and supportive individuals. Please visit for more information.


The MIT Libraries support the Institute's programs of study and research. There are five major subject libraries for Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Humanities, Science, Management and Social Science, as well as five specialized libraries and the Institute Archives, that offer access to a wide range of materials, both print and electronic. The Library collection includes more than 2.6 million printed volumes, 17,000 current journal subscriptions, 275 online databases, and over 3800 electronic journal titles licensed for access on the Institute's network.

The Linguistics Collection is housed in the Humanities Library, 14S-200.  The collection strengths include: theoretical linguistics, indigenous languages from North America and the Pacific, creole studies and computational linguistics.  If you visit the collection, please be aware that approximately 45% of the book collection is in storage and our electronic collection, available through is extensive.  The current and bound journals and the MIT dissertations collections are all in the Humanities Library.  Please contact Theresa A. Tobin ( if you need assistance with the library or the collection.

Religious Life

Religious life at MIT consists primarily of the MIT Board of Chaplains and MIT's student religious groups, many of which work with individual chaplains.

The MIT Board of Chaplains, representing many of the world's religions, serves both their own religious communities, as well as the MIT community at large. Chaplains are available for counseling, private talks, and program development. Many of the religious groups represented by the chaplains meet weekly for worship, prayer, or study. Please visit for more information.


MIT operates a free weekday shuttle service from 7:15am to 7:15pm around campus called the Tech Shuttle. It circles the perimeter of MIT from Westgate to Sloan. The shuttle visits each stop every 20 minutes. More information can be found at

The LMA M2 Cambridge Shuttle runs from Harvard down Massachusetts Avenue to MIT, across the Harvard Bridge to Longwood Medical Center. Visit for more details.