MIT Borrowing Privileges


FAS faculty, administrative or research staff (i.e., exempt FAS staff holding Officer cards), graduate students in GSAS, and Harvard College undergraduate students, are eligible for borrowing privileges at MIT Libraries.

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How to Apply

Complete and submit the Application for Borrowing Privileges at the MIT Libraries. You will receive an authorization form via e-mail once your eligibility is confirmed, typically within one business day. You may also apply in person at the Widener Library Privileges Office (room 130), Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday: Noon – 5:00 pm.

Take your completed application form, along with your Harvard University ID, to the Hayden Library at MIT (14W-100, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge), where you will recieve a borrower's card good for the current academic year. You will need to re-apply for privileges at the beginning of each academic year.

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You may borrow from the following MIT libraries:  Barker Engineering, Dewey (social sciences and management), Hayden (humanities), Lewis Music, and Rotch (architecture and planning).

Please be aware that terms of borrowing, renewals, overdue fines, use of reserves, etc., are set by the individual libraries.  The usual borrowing period is four weeks with one renewal. You are not eligible for extended reference services or interlibrary loan with this card.  MIT Borrower cards expire May 31 of the academic year in which they are issued.

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Fines and Fees

Overdue fines and replacement costs should be paid directly to the applicable MIT library.

The Harvard College Library maintains the right to bill you through Term Bill or Accounts Receivable for delinquent charges incurred at the MIT Libraries.  If your account is delinquent to the point of suspension of privileges, you will be ineligible for reinstatement of privileges.

The MIT Libraries reserve the right to deny eligibility to any individual of FAS at its sole and unreviewable discretion.  For further information, contact Hayden Circulation at 617-253-5671.

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