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Our vision? A world where more people have access to knowledge and more voices are heard. Where tools and solutions can be networked, shared, and “hacked.” Where knowledge not only provides answers, but empowers and inspires. We think libraries can help build this world. Let’s get started.

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Herng Yi Cheng ’18

An MIT senior on expanding open access at the Institute and beyond.

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10,176,852 downloads since the OA policy began in 2009. 28,199 articles in the Open Access collection.

New Open Access Milestone

Readers around the world have downloaded articles from the Open Access Collection of DSpace@MIT more than 10 million times.

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In the Laboratory of History

A research-intensive class in the Institute Archives invites students to explore MIT’s connections to slavery.

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Our vision

Here’s how we plan to contribute to a world with enduring, abundant, equitable, and meaningful access to information:

Help you get your hands dirty with information We think a library can be more than a conveyor of information; it’s an all-discipline maker space where you can create new knowledge.

Enable new forms of scholarship, teaching, and learning People want to interact with content in more active, innovative, and connected ways. We’ll build a global platform open to anyone who wants to build tools or use collections in novel ways – whether by humans, algorithms, or machines.

Share the research of MIT To further its mission of building a better world, we will make the Institute’s distinct body of knowledge more open, equitable, accessible, and durable.

Engage in research to tackle the big questions MIT is where research is applied to the toughest problems. The world needs new, better models and systems for information exchange. It’s up to us, and our partners around the world, to invent them.

Want to know more? Read the Future of Libraries Task Force Report
Want to know how we plan to make it happen? Read our Strategic priorities

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