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Hayden Renovation

Planning the future of library spaces

Hayden Renovation

Design for the Hayden Library renovation takes shape

A conceptual rendering for Hayden Library, looking east from the service desk area on the first floor, shows a new stair that leads to the mezzanine level and the second-floor reading room. Study rooms, computer stations, and flexible furniture configurations all benefit from views to the Charles River and Boston skyline through Hayden’s double-height windows.

Kennedy & Violich Architecture’s design concept for Hayden Library, “Research Crossroads,” is designed to enable new ways to study, collaborate, and conduct research with the library’s collections. Read more in MIT News

Project Overview

By renovating Hayden Library, we’re imagining how physical spaces can reflect the library of the future — one that’s more open and participatory and that invites users to make connections between ideas, collections, and each other. MIT has engaged Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA) to design the next version of Hayden.


  • Create a destination on campus for faculty, students, and staff — an intellectual town square that fosters connection and collaboration
  • Support a variety of learning and research styles and welcome a greater diversity of users
  • Communicate the creative possibilities in our spaces and invite our community to “hack the library”

Community Input and Updates

In addition to considering input from previous years’ user surveys and open forums, the Libraries and KVA are gathering feedback from the MIT community to inform the design and construction phases of the project. Workshops were held by KVA and library staff with community members in spring 2019.

We are also gathering comments submitted to You are welcome to share your own thoughts with the project team as well as your interest in talking with us about the renovation.

Please watch this space and the Libraries’ news where we will share what we learn from the community, project updates, and opportunities to participate. You can also sign up for email updates about the future of Hayden Library.