MIT Libraries

The MIT Libraries are an engine for creating, sharing, and safeguarding knowledge at the Institute and beyond. The Libraries work to improve access to the world’s collective knowledge in many ways.

Equipping scholars with the best content and the skills to use it. The Libraries provide access to tens of millions of items, both physical and digital, and to collections from libraries worldwide. Library specialists led nearly 300 classes last year to help people navigate resources, manage data, or think critically as consumers and creators of information.

Offering a place to study—and gather, tinker, discover, and question. The Libraries’ five locations welcome over 500,000 visitors annually for quiet study, using collections, working collaboratively, and creating new knowledge. The Libraries sponsor many community events, from data rescue hackathons to meditation sessions.

Sharing MIT research with the world. Scholarly works by Institute authors made freely available through the Libraries have been downloaded more than 10 million times, in 90% of the world’s countries. Since 2009, 43% of faculty articles have been shared openly, a high-water mark among academic research libraries.

Preserving the Institute’s record of research and learning. With 23 million tangible items, 20 terabytes of digital items, and 900 gigabytes of web archives, the Institute Archives serves as the “memory” of MIT. The Libraries work to ensure these resources can always be accessed and studied, no matter how technologies evolve.

Solving big challenges in information science and scholarly communication. Library research initiatives aim to develop new models for producing, managing, sharing, preserving, and discovering scholarly information in a digital age.