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 help people navigate resources, manage data, or think critically as consumers and creators of information, and play a critical role in supporting computational research across MIT.

Offering a vital community space. The Libraries welcome over 500,000 visitors annually for quiet study, using collections, working collaboratively, and creating new knowledge. Hayden Library’s renovation in 2020 will provide more than 10,000 square feet of 24-hour accessible space, a café, group study rooms, and event space.

Sharing knowledge with the world. The Libraries work to ensure that research is openly and equitably available to the broadest possible audience. Since 2009, articles by Institute authors made freely available have been downloaded nearly 15 million times, with close to 50% of faculty articles shared openly. Launched in 2019, the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship investigates how disparate communities can participate in scholarship with minimal bias or barriers.

Stewarding collections unique to MIT. Distinctive Collections preserves and fosters the use of unique and rare items, both tangible and digital, including MIT-produced materials, archival collections, rare books, visual materials, and the Aga Khan Documentation Center collections.

For more information, visit MIT Libraries.