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Renovations at MIT and Yale, Brooklyn’s First New Branch in 40 Years, and More Library Construction News
Library Journal
A re-envisioned Hayden Library and courtyard at MIT, fresh film archives at Yale, Brooklyn PL unveils its first new branch in 40 years, Columbus Metropolitan Library cuts the ribbon on its HIlltop Branch, and more library construction news.



Hayden Library reopens after renovations
The Tech
New spaces include courtyard, cafe, flexible study and community areas




Renovated Hayden Library and courtyard open to the MIT community
MIT News
Transformational projects bring inclusive, welcoming spaces to the MIT campus.




MIT Libraries staff honored with 2021 Infinite Mile Awards
MIT News
Staff were recognized for keeping spirits up and services running despite a difficult year.


JUNE 2021

Online hub for research and teaching brings digital humanities to the fore
MIT News
Virtual collaboration sessions connect faculty and researchers to new tools, resources, and each other.



The clever folds that kept letters secret
Hundreds of years ago, people developed ingenious methods to secure their letters from prying eyes – and they did it with only paper, adhesive and folds.


MAY 2021

Deter Prying Eyes by Locking Your Own Lettersillustration of hands folding letters
Atlas Obscura
A how-to for those who want to use folds, tucks, slits, and more to turn letters into little works of art.



Scene at MIT: Setting up camp under the DomeA library staffer works in a blackout tent under MIT's Great Dome
MIT News
Despite construction and a pandemic, MIT Distinctive Collections staff continue their work.



Cracking the Code of Letterlocking
Atlas Obscura
A tale of Black Chambers, lost correspondence, and high technology.



APRIL 2021

Talking Outside the Tower
MIT News
EECS Communication Lab teams up with MIT Libraries to broadcast free “Science Snippets” to the world.



3 Questions: Defining the Institute’s values
MIT News
Daniel Hastings and Tracy Gabridge share their experiences as co-chairs of MIT’s Values Statement Committee.



Algorithm Virtually Unfolds a Historical Letter without Unsealing It
Scientific American
In the centuries before envelopes, “letterlocking” secured a message’s information



MARCH 2021

Big Deal for Open Access
Inside Higher Ed
University of California system secures a landmark open-access deal with publisher Elsevier. Some university librarians hail the agreement as a breakthrough, but others worry about possible long-term impacts.


Research team led by Jana Dambrogio reads an unopened letter from early modern Europe using computational tools.