Please note: Library services have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, please see our COVID-19 Response page.
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 are also available by request through Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Borrowing.
As part of the MIT community, you also have options for browsing and borrowing from:
- Libraries at Harvard University
- Wellesley College and other area academic libraries
- Boston Public Library
- Cambridge Public Library
MIT Libraries staff are always ready to help you find what you need; don’t hesitate to Ask Us.
You’ll find more details below about access to specific collections and services, including access to study spaces. If you have a question about the renovation that is not answered here, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to Hayden Collections
More than 80% of the titles in the Hayden collection are available to members of the MIT community at Harvard University’s libraries. More than 90% are available by request through one of our Ivy Plus partners via Borrow Direct.
|Collection||Accessibility during closure||Effective date|
|General book collections||Hayden general book collections (on the basement level) will not be accessible for browsing or requesting from December 15, 2019, through the Hayden reopening.
There are alternative options for access to items that you would normally find in Hayden:
|Audio books||Unavailable during Hayden closure. The Cambridge Public Library and Boston Public Library offer audio books, streaming, and other electronic resources. Learn more about access to other area libraries.||Dec. 15|
|Browsery||The Hayden Browsery is a curated selection of books on topics of interest to the MIT community. New Browsery purchases will be suspended while Hayden is closed, but users can visit Dewey to browse any new books purchased by the Libraries during the closure.||Nov. 4|
|Calm to Go||Check out equipment to de-stress, such as noise cancelling headphones and weighted shoulder wraps. Available at Lewis Music Library.||July 30|
|DVDs||Core collection is available at Barker Library. The Cambridge Public Library and Boston Public Library also offer DVDs, streaming, and other electronic resources. Learn more about access to other area libraries.||Nov. 4|
|Graphic novels||Selections from the collection are available at Barker Library.||Nov. 4|
|Hayden materials checked out prior to closure||The MIT community may renew loans (60 days) of books up to five times, which is longer than the expected closure (please note materials may be recalled by another user). If you have Hayden materials already checked out, you can bring them to any library location and re-check them out to reset the five renewals. Hayden materials returned during the closure will be reshelved in another library location so they remain accessible to the community during the closure.||Policy in place|
|Hayden materials returned during closure||Materials will be reshelved in Barker so they remain accessible to the community during the Hayden closure.||Dec. 19|
|Journals||Current (unbound) issues of journals have been relocated to Barker so they remain accessible to the community during the Hayden closure.
Many back issues of journals (bound journals) are available digitally. Those without digital access have been relocated to the Library Storage Annex. See how to access materials from the Annex.
|Bound journals: August 12
Unbound: Nov. 4
|Map room||Maps in Hayden are not accessible, however many maps are available online. Our librarians can also consult with other map librarians elsewhere.
|Microforms||Available at Dewey Library (E53-100)||June 1|
|New books||Materials purchased during the closure will be accessible at Dewey as space allows.||Nov. 4|
|Newspapers (Boston Globe, New York Times, Wall Street Journal)||Available at Dewey Library. See information on electronic newspapers and magazines.||Nov. 4|
|Reference books||Reference books have been relocated to the Library Storage Annex. See how to access materials from the Annex.
The MIT community also has access to other local academic libraries with excellent reference collections.
|Theses||Available in Distinctive Collections or digitally. See more information on Dissertations/Theses at MIT||July 1|
|Travel||Selections from the collection are available at Barker Library.||Nov. 4|
Available Services During Hayden Library Closure
|Service||Availability during Hayden closure||Effective date|
|24/7 study space||Hayden 24/7 space is closed. Additional secure 24/7 study space is available at Barker and Dewey, which together provide more than 125 study seats.||Dec. 19|
|Book holds||Books on hold may be picked up at Barker, Dewey, Lewis, or Rotch.||Dec. 2|
|Book returns||Books may be returned to any other library location or book drop.||Dec. 19|
|Browsing general collections||Hayden general collections (on the basement level) are not accessible for browsing or requesting, starting from December 15, 2019, through the Hayden reopening. There are alternative options for access to items that you would normally find in Hayden:
|Course reserves||Course reserves housed in Hayden have been relocated to other libraries on campus through spring 2020. You can find the specific locations in our Course Reserves FAQ.||Nov. 27|
|Delivery from the Library Storage Annex||As the Library Storage Annex holds second copies of some items in the Hayden stacks, the daily delivery limit from the Annex is expanded to 10 books per day for MIT community members. Journals will continue to be limited to six per day. To consult a run of journals, make an appointment with the Annex to use the materials on site.||Dec. 15|
|Scan-on-demand of Hayden materials (MIT only)||Requests for scans will be filled by interlibrary borrowing.||Dec. 19|
|Scanning of Hayden materials for non-MIT users||Not available during Hayden closure||Dec. 19|
|Reference and Research Support|
|In-person consultation with library staff||Librarians with offices in Hayden will be available to meet at other library locations on campus. Find the expert for your subject to schedule a consultation. As always, our Ask Us service remains available for assistance (via chat, email, and more) with quick questions or in-depth research.||Dec. 19|
|Athena computers||Hayden clusters will not be accessible. Computing will remain available in our other locations. See a full list of other Athena clusters and printers on campus.||Dec. 19|
|Color printing||Available in Barker Library (10-500)||Aug. 29|
|Flatbed scanning||Service available at all other library locations. See scanner locations.||Dec. 19|
|Microform machines||Available in Dewey Library (E53-100)||June 1|
|Printing and copying||Service available at all other library locations||Dec. 19|
|Thesis covers||Available at Lewis Music Library (14E-109)||Dec. 19|