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Building the future

We think a library should be more than a conveyor of information; it should provide the content, tools, and expertise to create new knowledge. In an age defined by computing, this means making our collections available not just to people, but to machines, algorithms, and applications.

When the future of libraries is computational, it’s more critical than ever to make knowledge more open, equitable, inclusive, accessible, and durable. That’s where we come in.

Discover our vision, mission, and values

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We think libraries are uniquely positioned to advance knowledge in order to solve global challenges. We aim to play a leading role in defining the future of libraries — here’s how.

MIT Libraries Vision: A New Urgency

The need for open, equitable digital access to information has never been more critical or more compelling. In the midst of unprecedented disruptions to our work due to COVID-19, the MIT Libraries share a new document that articulates and amplifies our existing vision, with a sharpened focus, a new urgency, and a clear set of principles to guide our decision-making.

Strategic priorities

As we work to build the library of the future, we must reimagine and reinvigorate core library functions, consider how best to use spaces, and ensure that we serve the needs of all our communities.

Statement on diversity

Woven throughout everything we do is a commitment to supporting diversity, inclusion, and wellbeing within the communities we represent and serve.