MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXXII No. 1
September / October 2019
September Faculty Meeting Calls for
Major Changes in Institute Policy
The Hard Road to Recovery
The MIT-Nepal Initiative: Four Years On
On the Responsibilities of Instructors
A Letter to President Rafael Reif and
Provost Marty Schmidt Regarding Epstein
A Motion to Establish an Ad Hoc Faculty Committee to Protect Academic Integrity
It Is Difficult to Know What to Do
Two Donors, Two Deaths, Two Responses
Patrick Henry Winston
Report on the Faculty Classroom Survey Spring 2019
New Atlas Process Paves Way for Supporting
Undergraduate Research Innovation
A Case for Mid-Semester Feedback
Hayden Renovation Update:
Key Dates for the Fall
Nominate a Colleague as a
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
from the Faculty Classroom Survey
Spring 2019
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Hayden Renovation Update: Key Dates for the Fall

Chris Bourg

Plans for the Hayden Library renovation are proceeding apace; our vision for a more inclusive and accessible library space for MIT that enables more learning, research, and interaction is taking shape. I look forward to sharing the designs with the community this fall.

Throughout the summer, we have been busy planning, moving staff, and readying for the library’s temporary closure in December, so that we can minimize disruption during the fall term.

We remain committed to supporting the research and study needs of the MIT community while Hayden is closed. We are providing access to collections and services accessible at other library locations on campus and via our partnerships with Harvard Library and other Ivy Plus institutions. You can find further details about services and collections at other MIT libraries and about accessing Harvard and other area libraries ­– for browsing and borrowing – at

Here are some important dates to note for the fall term:

October 9: Register for Harvard Library privileges
All MIT community members can visit and borrow from Harvard simply by registering. We have arranged for on-site registration at Hayden Library on October 9, 10 am – 2 pm. 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. Learn more at

November 1 and 15: Reserves request deadlines
The deadline for the Libraries to put materials on reserve for the fall 2019 term is November 1. The deadline to request materials for IAP and spring 2020 course reserves is November 15. We recommend MIT faculty and staff submit their course reserves requests as soon as possible in advance of the Hayden closure to ensure we can provide timely access to requested materials. Learn more at

December 15: Access to Hayden general collections closes
From December 15 until fall 2020, we cannot provide access to book collections in the basement. I shared the reasons for this decision back in June; you can read them at Access to more than 90% of the materials in the Hayden basement will continue to be available from Borrow Direct and other sources. Use our Ask Us service ( at any time if you have trouble locating what you need.

December 19: Access to Hayden study spaces closes
Reading room and 24/7 space will be accessible through closing time on December 19.

December 20 – Fall 2020: Access to all of Hayden closed
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.

We are grateful to our partners in Facilities and Campus Planning who have helped us to minimize the time needed for the project so that Hayden will be closed for a single semester. Thank you for your patience during the closure and for your support for this renovation that promises to improve the Hayden Library experience for all. If you have questions about the renovation, please contact the project team at

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