In August 2019, Houghton Library closed for a year-long renovation. Our goal: to make the building more accessible and welcoming while enhancing research and teaching spaces.
This website explains the details of the renovation project and provides important information about the services we are offering researchers, faculty, visitors, and partner institutions during Houghton’s temporary closure. As the project takes shape and develops, we’ll update the site so that it’s as current and accurate as possible.
The health and safety of our entire community, including construction workers on the Houghton renovation project, is our top priority. In late March, the City of Cambridge instituted a temporary emergency construction moratorium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it impossible to re-open our doors in September as originally planned. As work at job sites around Massachusetts resumes with COVID-19 protocols in place, we will too will renew our efforts while continually monitoring the ongoing public health crisis together with our construction team. At present, there is no planned timeline for reopening.
If you have any questions that the site doesn’t address or want to learn more, we hope you’ll contact us. And, of course, we hope you’ll visit when Houghton re-opens in September 2020.
Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library
In the News
Feasibility study completedJuly 2018
Project approved by UniversityAugust – December 2018
Schematic design phaseJanuary – June 2019
Construction planningJune – September 2019
Pre-construction activities and building preparationAugust 2019
Houghton building closes to researchers and visitors; interim reading room opens in Widener LibraryOctober 2019 – June 2020
Construction period for building interiorMarch 2020