Archive for August, 2010

Barker Library closes early on Wednesday, Sept.1

Posted August 30th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Barker Library will close at 4pm on Wednesday, September 1 due to previously-scheduled special event.

Reference services will be available in the Hayden Library (14S-100) or online through AskUs!.

Barker will re-open for normal business hours on Thursday, September 2nd.

Play SCVNGR in the MIT Libraries, and ice cream is on us!

Posted August 26th, 2010 by Remlee Green

SCVNGR on iPhone

What’s SCVNGR?

It’s a fun little scavenger hunt using an app called SCVNGR.  If you have an iPhone or Android, play the MIT Libraries trek with us!

How do I play?

Download SCVNGR on an iPhone or Android at, then open the app, and click on “Treks” to play the MIT Libraries’ Tour.  If you complete most of the challenges by 9/5/10, you’ll win a gift card for free ice cream at Toscanini’s!

Challenge runs between 8/26-9/5. We’ll contact the winners by text or email by 9/10/10.  Only current members of the MIT community are eligible to win.  Questions?  Contact Remlee Green.

Welcome students! Check out the Libraries' Orientation events.

Posted August 24th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Welcome to the MIT Libraries!  We look forward to meeting you.  Join us for an event and learn what the Libraries have to offer.

Orientation: Fall 2010

Undergraduate Students || Graduate Students || All Students


Academic Expo
What: An expo of MIT’s academic departments and programs. The Libraries will be ready to answer your questions and offer information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
When: Wednesday, September  1, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: Johnson Athletics Center (W34). Look for the Libraries’ banner.

Freshmen Explorations: Ice Cream Social
What: Build your own ice cream sundae!
When: Thursday, September 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Lipchitz Courtyard (Building 14); rain location: hallway in front of Hayden Library (Building 14)

Hitchhiker’s Guide Library Tours
What: A walking tour of all the MIT Libraries, with special gifts for the first 10 attendees at each tour.
When: Saturday, August 28, 1:30 p.m, Thursday, September 2, 11 am and *Thursday, September 2, 2 pm
*this tour also stops for ice cream outside the Hayden Library, courtesy of the MIT Libraries
Where: Meet in Lobby 7


Graduate Student Orientation: Grad School 102
What: An introduction to the MIT Libraries services and resources.
When: Tuesday, August 31, 3:30 – 3:50 pm
Where: 34-101

11th Annual New Graduate Student Reception
A reception for new graduate students, with beverages and light
refreshments provided.
NOTE: Tickets may be purchased for $5 at the Graduate Student Council Information Booth.
When: Wednesday, September 1, 5 – 7 pm
Where: Barker Library Dome (Building 10-500)


Health & Wellness Fair
What: Libraries’ staff will be ready to answer your questions and offer
information about our resources and services. Pick up handouts and goodies.
When: Friday, September 3, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Kresge Oval, outside the Student Center

Study Sanctuary—Hayden’s Lipchitz Courtyard

Posted August 12th, 2010 by Heather Denny

The Lipchitz Courtyard within Building 14 (adjacent to Hayden Library) is a hidden gem—a quiet, leafy retreat where you can find a sunny or shady spot to pull up a chair and read a book, or enjoy artwork from MIT’s Public Art Collection.  The courtyard contains three sculptures by 20th century Cubist artist Jacques Lipchitz.

This summer the flower beds and planters in the courtyard have been replanted and new patio umbrellas installed, thanks to the generosity of an MIT alumnus who’s interested in keeping the courtyard an inviting and well-used community space.  Now it’s even more of an oasis.  Come check it out!

To learn more about the public art in and around Hayden Library and other locations on campus see the List Visual Arts Center’s interactive map.

Major library systems down overnight Wednesday, Saturday all day

Posted August 3rd, 2010 by Darcy Duke

Due to required electrical work, the following library systems will be down from 7PM on August 4th (Wednesday) until 7AM on August 5th (Thursday).  These systems will also be down most of the day Saturday, August 7th, 6am-6pm.

These systems will remain functional:

We regret this inconvenience!