Architectural rendering
Conceptual drawing of the entrance on Keyser Quad showing a new walkable skylight, July 2023
Headshot of Elisabeth M. Long in front of stained glass windows
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eisenhower Library, I am excited by our renovation plans to revitalize the building and create an entirely new experience for the Hopkins community—a place that engages and inspires, a place for deep study and collaborative exploration, and a place for the latest digital technologies as well as primary resources.
Elisabeth M. Long
Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Reimagining Eisenhower Library

An ambitious renovation and thorough interior redesign of Milton S. Eisenhower Library will reinvent Johns Hopkins University’s flagship library as an inspiring and welcoming space for 21st-century learning and research.

MSE was an engineering feat when it first opened in 1964. 60 years later, the 182,000-square-foot building is overdue for critical upgrades to comply with modern building, safety, and accessibility standards. Its design was for a student body less than half the size of today’s, and whose study habits were different. Construction will begin in summer 2024 following a multi-year planning process that included students, faculty, and staff in establishing shared priorities and goals.

Key Design Priorities


Natural and natural-looking light


Open-up spaces, double-height spaces


Stairs, sightlines, intuitive flow

Universal Design

Enhance usability and accessibility


Reduce negative environmental impact

Goals for Eisenhower Library

Support student study in a welcoming environment
Provide collaboration rooms, quiet individual study seats, and dedicated graduate study study spaces.

Respond to the growing use of rare books and archives
Create a new home for Special Collections with appropriate space for research and teaching, and for showcasing unique materials.

Facilitate both digital and print-based scholarship
Create two new spaces: a Digital Scholarship Lab and Learning Studio and Material Collections Research and Teaching Center.

Establish significant exhibition capabilities
Create a dedicated exhibit space for the Homewood campus as part of a broader, revamped exhibition program.

Expand opportunities for engagement
Provide flexible event space to host programming related to exhibitions, speaker series, and faculty/library projects.

Student Engagement Events

Stay tuned to this page and to social media to learn about opportunities to learn more about the renovation, give feedback, and share your thoughts.

MSE Library Project Update

Hear more about the library renovation project from Sheridan Libraries Dean Elisabeth Long.

In-Person, with lunch provided

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 12pm – 1pm
Scott-Bates Commons, Salon B

Monday, Mar. 4, 12pm – 1pm
Scott-Bates Commons, Salon B


Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5pm – 6pm

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 5pm – 6pm

Furniture Fair

More information coming soon!

Project Timeline

Feasibility Study final report Fall 2019
Program Planning Fall 2021 
Schematic Design Spring 2023
Design Development Winter 2024
Construction Design Spring 2024
Construction begins July 10, 2024
Reopening August 2026

Eisenhower Library Services Spring 2024

Last updated February 14, 2024

  • Eisenhower Library will be open and fully functional for the duration of the spring semester. The building will close on July 10, 2024.
  • Librarian Office Hours:  A new service point has opened in Room 4031 on Brody’s B-level where students can have one-on-one consultations with librarians and subject specialists.
  • All lockers, study carrels, and faculty studies must be emptied no later than May 23, 2024.

Study Spaces and Service Points During the Renovation

Our immediate priority is locating alternative study spaces and service points on the Homewood campus during the Eisenhower Library closure. Consultations are underway with University Administration, Student Affairs, and several other university groups. Updates will be made here as soon as spaces are secured.

  • Brody Learning Commons will remain open during the Eisenhower Library renovation.
  • Hodson Hall will serve as one of the alternative study spaces with around 200 seats.
  • Reference collections used by Classics, History of Art, and Near Eastern Studies will be relocated to the Hutzler Reading Room.

Image Gallery

Architectural rendering of the M-Level entrance
Conceptual drawing of the M-Level entrance interior, July 2023
architectural render of building study space
Conceptual drawing of the building interior showing an open stairwell, July 2023
architectural rendering of front of the building
Conceptual drawing of the entrance facing the Beach, July 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will MSE Library be open during the renovation?

    The MSE building will close on July 10, 2024 and remain closed for the duration of the planned two-year project. All library services will be available during the renovation.

  • Will the Brody Learning Commons be open during the renovation?

    Yes, Brody will remain open during construction. The Hutzler Reading Room in Gilman Hall will also be open.

  • Will the New Eisenhower Library occupy the existing structure or will there be an entirely new building?

    Yes, the New Eisenhower Library will be within the existing footprint.

  • Where are the books going? How can I access them during the renovation?

    The books are being relocated to off-site storage and will be requestable through Catalyst, the Hopkins Libraries online catalog. Books on reserve will still be available on campus for short-term borrowing. We plan to do more delivery runs to ensure quick access to items during the renovation. There will be a new service point established on campus for book pick-up service. Some heavily-used reference collections from disciplines like Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and History of Art will be relocated to the Hutzler Reading Room.

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