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Hayden Renovation

Planning the future of library spaces

Hayden Renovation

Register for Harvard Library Privileges

Come to Hayden Sept. 17 or Oct. 9, 10am-2pm, or visit Harvard’s Privileges Office and ID office at your convenience.

Timeline (tentative)

Tentative timeline: Jan-Sept 2019: Design phase; Feb-Apr 2019: Community engagement; Dec 2019: Hayden closes; Jan-Sept 2020: Construction; Sept/Oct 2020: Reopening

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.


  • 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”

The first and second floors of Hayden Library will be renovated, and expected improvements include a cafe, an expanded 24/7 area, flexible teaching and event space, a greater variety of study spaces, and new and engaging ways to interact with library collections. MIT has engaged Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA) to design the next version of Hayden.

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.