Libraries

Known for friendly staff, expertise in a wide range of subjects, and access to the best scholarly information available, the MIT Libraries support all of the Institute's programs of study and research.

The Libraries can connect you to the information you need, from wherever you are—a vast array of resources, with more than five million items in print and digital formats, are accessible through the website, the mobile site, or the MIT app. Often, consulting a librarian is the quickest route to finding what you need, so don’t hesitate to Ask Us.

From Aeronautics to Urban Studies, the Libraries offer expertise in a range of disciplines as well as specialized services supporting bioinformatics, geographic information systems, social science data, and research data management. It is also home to the Institute Archives and Special Collections, containing MIT’s founding documents, the personal papers of noted faculty, and rare books, where students can find the perfect primary source material to support a class or research project. DSpace@MIT, a digital repository containing more than 80,000 items, offers access to MIT theses and many scholarly works of MIT faculty and researchers.

Partnerships with Harvard, Wellesley, and other Ivies Plus institutions allow you to visit and use their collections, and MIT’s WorldCat lets you request materials from other libraries worldwide.

On campus, the Libraries have a space for every studying style—from extremely quiet areas to lively collaboration spaces to rooms with a view. Barker, Dewey, and Hayden libraries all offer secure 24/7 study spaces accessible with a student ID. Group study rooms can be reserved or used first-come, first-served, and many are equipped with large-screen video monitors.

To learn more about collections and time-saving tools or to build research and technology skills, students can explore a wide variety of events and classes. The Libraries offer more sessions during IAP than any other MIT organization, along with other workshops, study breaks, and cultural events throughout the year.