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Eisenhower Library Modernization Project
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
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
More information coming soon!
|Feasibility Study final report
|July 10, 2024
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.
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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