Hayden renovation update: Key dates for the fall term

Harvard Library privileges, reserves, and more

At the end of the fall 2019 term, Hayden Library will close in preparation for the upcoming renovation. The new Hayden will provide a more inclusive and accessible space for MIT and enable more learning, research, interaction, and community building.

We are committed to supporting the research and study needs of the MIT community while Hayden is closed — wherever possible, our collections and services will be made accessible at other library locations on campus and via our partnerships with Harvard Library and other IvyPlus institutionsYou can find further details about services and collections at other MIT Libraries locations and about accessing Harvard and other area libraries — for browsing and borrowing — at libraries.mit.edu/hayden-renovation.

Key dates for the fall term:

  • September 17 and October 9: Register for Harvard Library privileges at MIT 
    All MIT community members can visit and borrow from Harvard simply by registering. We have arranged for on-site registration at Hayden Library on Sept. 17 and Oct. 9, 10am–2pm. Just bring your MIT ID and government-issued ID, and log into Borrow Direct via Touchstone; then you can go directly to the Harvard card office (Smith Center) to get your borrowing card. You can also visit Harvard’s Privileges Office and ID office at your convenience. See more details on the registration process and access to Harvard libraries.
  • November 1 and 15: Fall and spring reserves request deadlines
    The deadline for the Libraries to put materials on reserve for the fall 2019 term is Nov. 1. The deadline to request materials for spring 2020 course reserves is Nov. 15. It is important for MIT faculty and staff to submit their course reserves requests as soon as possible in advance of the Hayden closure so that we can ensure access to materials.
  • December 15: Access to Hayden general collections closes
    From Dec. 15 until fall 2020, we cannot provide access to book collections in the basement. Access to >90% of the materials will continue to be available from Borrow Direct and other sources. See your options at libraries.mit.edu/getit. Our staff are always ready to help you find what you need; don’t hesitate to Ask Us.
  • December 19: Last day of access to Hayden study spaces
    Reading room and 24/7 space close at closing time on December 19.
  • December 20–Fall 2020: Access to all of Hayden closed
    All of Hayden Library will be closed during the renovation, starting at closing time on December 19. We will reopen when the renovation is complete, sometime in the fall of 2020. During this time, the library and the collections will not be accessible.

If you have questions about the Hayden renovation project, you can contact us at space-lib@mit.edu.