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Hayden Renovation

Planning the future of library spaces

Hayden Renovation

A New Vision for Hayden

A conceptual sketch for the first floor of the renovated Hayden Library shows a new stair that will connect to the second floor reading room, a café, self-service areas, study rooms, and flexible seating that will be available throughout the library.

The new design will support the ways that the MIT community uses library space today, adding program space and infrastructure upgrades while preserving and restoring Hayden’s greatest architectural assets—its two-story volume with views to Lipschitz courtyard and double-height windows overlooking the Charles River. Read more in Bibliotech


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. 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.