Library of the Future

The Gordon Library is at an important crossroads.

The demands placed on its resources are tremendous. Traffic and usage continue to grow at record pace. The rise of digital media offers important new products and services, particularly in research and the sciences, but also places undue pressure on library budgets to just stay current. Facilities are aging and unable to meet well the enormous pressure technologically-savvy users bring every day.

In response to these challenges, Gordon Library and the Library Vision Task Force is actively planning The Library of the Future, with...

... THE RESOURCES you need to succeed

... THE SPACE that inspires creativity

... THE EXPERT STAFF to help guide your research

... THE GORDON LIBRARY. Creating the Library of the Future... Today

Library of the Future Resources and Links


  • Engage WPI community in defining future vision
  • Identify and define collections, services, and space goals
  • Work with architects and facilities to strategize ways forward to meet identified goals
  • Share findings and recommendations with the WPI Administration and community


  • Summer 2012: Formation of task force
  • Fall 2012: Information-gathering from nationally recognized library and information thought leaders
  • Early Winter 2012: Work with consultants to formally assess collection usage
  • Winter 2013: Information-gathering among the WPI community including students, faculty, and campus and library staff
  • Spring 2013: Draft and deliver report of findings to WPI Administration


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Do you have a Vision of the Library of the Future?

...for this building, more than any other has tied the Institute together.

Albert G. Anderson
Head Librarian, 1969

I envision a library consisting of a series of tech suite style nodes, each essentially lined with screens... I can envision some form of computer vision technology enabling an... interface during research sessions...

WPI Student, 2012

[WPI needs] space and technology for foreign language learning

WPI Faculty, 2013

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