Hayden collections

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Hayden Library, located along the Charles River, is home to the Humanities and Science collections.

The Humanities collection supports MIT’s departments and programs in anthropology; archaeology; comparative media studies; foreign language and literature; history; linguistics and philosophy; literature; theater arts; women’s and gender studies; and science, technology, and society, including the history of science, technology, and medicine. It also contains MIT’s holdings in education; ethnic and minority studies; film, media, and cultural studies; and psychology. As the home of MIT’s general and recreational reading collection, the Humanities collection offers current fiction, graphic novels, travel books, audio books, DVDs of many popular films, and a wide range of journals, from the academic to the popular.

The Science collection provides extraordinary access to scholarship in the physical and life sciences, including the foundational materials for all of the science and engineering programs at MIT. The collection includes astronomy and astrophysics, atmospheric sciences and oceanography, biology, earth and planetary science, medicine, neuroscience, and nuclear science and engineering. The collections for biological engineering and materials science are shared between Hayden and Barker Engineering Library. Materials on the scientific aspects of the interdisciplinary subjects of energy and environment are also part of Hayden’s collection. The Map Room houses geologic, topographic, and other scientific maps and atlases.

photo of Hayden map collectionHighlights

  • Browsery & New Books
    Located on the second floor of Hayden, the Browsery features popular books in a wide variety of subjects, surrounded by comfortable seating. Newly arrived titles in Science and Humanities subjects can be found in the New Books section on the first floor.
  • DVDs
    An eclectic collection of films and TV series, from documentaries to recent blockbusters, all available for one-week loan.
  • Maps
    Find topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey and countries including Algeria, China, and Indonesia, as well as geologic and other scientific maps, in Hayden’s Map Room.
  • Women in Science, Technology & Medicine Collection
    This collection brings together titles at the intersection of gender and the sciences, including biographies and autobiographies of women in these fields.