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We anticipate construction to be complete in late 2020. The timeline for reopening the physical spaces of the MIT Libraries, currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is unknown at this time. The Libraries’ plans for reintroducing services on campus are currently in development and will follow Institute, local, and state guidance for reopening. Please visit our COVID-19 Response page for the latest updates on library services and the Institute’s COVID-19 Info Center for information on planning for the 2020-21 academic year.
We are committed to supporting the research and study needs of the MIT community while Hayden Library is closed for construction. Wherever possible, our collections and services will be made accessible at other library locations on campus; more than 90 percent of Hayden general collections will be available from other sources.
The MIT community can also visit and borrow from Harvard Library, Wellesley College, Borrow Direct partner libraries, the Cambridge and Boston Public Libraries, and more. Learn more about accessing area libraries.
Will this project have any impact on Lewis Music Library or the Distinctive Collections Reading Room?
How are you incorporating input from the MIT community into the design process? How can I share my thoughts, concerns, or suggestions?
There are a number of sources of community input we have incorporated into the renovation planning process thus far:
- Questions in our triennial user surveys have asked students, faculty, and staff about what types of spaces they need;
- We have been experimenting with different furniture types and configurations and sound zoning in Hayden and collecting feedback;
- Open forums were held by the Task Force on the Future of Libraries and the Libraries Space Planning Group; and
- Workshops were held by Kennedy Violich Architects with MIT community members in spring 2019.
We have also been gathering comments submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to share your own thoughts with the project team at this email address and your interest in talking with us about the renovation.