MIT | CSAIL Reading Room Services


The CSAIL Reading Room collection includes materials covering many specific subjects within computer science and artificial intelligence. The collection consists of proceedings, books, technical reports, and journals. Some popular magazines and newspapers are available. (We no longer receive funding to purchase daily newspapers but I usually pick up the Boston Globe every work day.)


CSAIL affiliates only may circulate materials from the Reading Room. Circulation is for two weeks with renewals possible in person, over the phone, or by e-mail. Certain reference materials circulate at the discretion of the Reading Room staff.

Online Catalog:

The online catalog is the main reference source for locating materials in the CSAIL Reading Room. Access the catalog via the WWW interface. Most materials are in the catalog but many older technical reports and newly purchased books are not; please ask if you don't find something.

Library Services:

  • Photocopier: The photocopier is available for both CSAIL accounts and cash copies. Cash copies are $0.05 each.
  • Suggested Purchases: Suggestions for acquisitions are encouraged and may be submitted via a WWW form.
  • Reprints: Requests for articles not available at MIT may be submitted via email to the Reading Room. Try ILLiad at MIT Libraries Interlibrary Borrowing site first.


  • Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm (room will be closed some days for lunch break usually 11:30-12:30)


  • Journals: Non-online issues are shelved in alphabetical order in the stacks.
  • Books and Proceedings: The books and proceedings collection is catalogued using a somewhat modified ACM Computing Reviews Classification System.
  • Technical Reports: Technical reports have been acquired from a range of colleges, universities, and corporations. The collection includes many Master's and Ph.D. theses.
  • Reserves: Materials on reserve for courses are available at the front desk.
  • Laboratory for Computer Science Publications: Shelf-copies of past LCS Technical Reports and Memoranda are available as part of the Reading Room collection. More recent reports are available from: CSAIL Publications Web Site
  • Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Publications: Shelf copies of many AI Lab reports are available in the Reading Room. A more complete collection is available online from: CSAIL Publications Web Site
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