The collections presented here are intended to showcase the breadth and depth of our publishing program. These reading lists highlight specific themes that are central to the mission of the MIT Press and provide points of entry for readers to engage deeply with our books and journals.

Books about MIT

While the MIT Press is perhaps best known internationally for our field-defining academic work, some of our most special and personal titles are the ones that bring MIT's people, spaces, and unique culture to the world, and to our wide network of alumni and supporters.

Books by MIT faculty and staff

MIT-affiliated authors publish field-defining works that launch new fields of inquiry, cast spotlights on much-needed change in the world, and translate the latest research from academia.


Open Access Week

The MIT Press joins with a global network of publishers, librarians, authors, readers, to celebrate International Open Access Week each year.

Open Climate Collection

The MIT Press presents the Open Climate Collection, a curated reading list of open access books and journals that expands our understanding of climate change and environmental studies.


Award-winning MIT Press titles

MIT Press authors, books, and journals regularly receive some of the most prestigious academic and literary prizes in the world. There are over thirty MIT Press authors recognized with Nobel Prizes, and MIT Press books have recently received PROSE Awards, Choice Awards, and more.

Common reads

This selection of books for common reads programs are carefully curated for the conversations they create. These are books that simultaneously expand horizons and scratch an intellectual sweet spot, while also inviting introspection and new understandings of the issues and debates that underpin our world.

LGBTQIA+ titles

We are proud to amplify queer writers and scholars with a growing list of books on topics critical to the LGBTQIA+ community. These interdisciplinary titles defy tidy categorization, offering challenging, provocative, and transformative scholarship at the intersections of queer theory, science, technology, sociology, literature, and beyond.

Diverse voices in STEM

We recognize that publishing, particularly in STEM fields, historically excluded underrepresented voices and perspectives. We hope you enjoy this collection of books and films. You can also learn about  the steps we've taken to amplify BIPOC, female, and LGBTQIA+ voices, please visit the Fund for Diverse Voices.

Understanding pandemics and epidemics

As the global community confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, access to knowledge and research is more urgent than ever. This selection of titles on pandemics, epidemiology, and related topics is now freely available.

Open Architecture and Urban Studies

This robust digital collection of classic and previously out-of-print architecture and urban studies books is available on MIT Press Direct and through PubPub. The collection was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Humanities Open Book Program, which they co-sponsored with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Roe v. Wade reading list

As a mission-driven organization, we take seriously our obligation to use our voice as an academic publisher to spread knowledge, fight misinformation, and empower change. We believe all people should have the right to make informed and evidence-based decisions about their private lives, healthcare, and futures.

We share this reading list in the hopes that it will help inform and educate at this critical time.

Ukrainian reading list

The MIT Press condemns Russia’s abhorrent and unlawful attacks on Ukraine and support and stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and their inspiring resistance to tyranny. We share these resources to illuminate our understanding of these dark times, and we are committed to centering and amplifying the voices of those who are most affected by the current atrocities in Ukraine.


The MIT Press extends the legacy of the Bauhaus—from the many books on the topic that we publish to our legendary colophon, created by Muriel Cooper.

The study of sex and sexuality

We've gathered our peer-reviewed and rigorous scholarship that ask critical questions about the nature of sex, science, technology, and society.