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 are being held by KVA with community members in spring 2019.
We are also gathering comments submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, including upcoming workshops. You can also sign up for email updates about the future of Hayden Library.