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Hayden Renovation

Planning the future of library spaces

Hayden Renovation

Hayden Library will reopen to the MIT community August 23

The renovated library and Building 14 courtyard will be open to community members with Covid Pass.

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View of the first floor reading room with green chairs in the foreground

Photo: Merrill Shea

Transforming Hayden Library

The vision for Hayden Library has finally taken shape. Construction on the library renovation, along with the revitalization of the Building 14 courtyard, concluded in early spring, and the transformation is remarkable. Read more in Bibliotech


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 project updates. You can also sign up for email updates about the future of Hayden Library.