MIT Borrowing Privileges


Harvard faculty, students, and staff are eligible for borrowing privileges at MIT Libraries.

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How to Apply

Harvard faculty, students, and staff can apply for an MIT Libraries card by visiting the service desks at MIT’s Barker, Dewey, Hayden, or Rotch Libraries, where applicants will verify eligibility for MIT library staff by logging into Harvard’s BorrowDirect service. Harvard affiliates also are asked to bring their HUID as well as an additional photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. There is no fee for the borrower card.

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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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