About the Lab

What does the Library Innovation Lab do?

We build things in libraries.

How can I get in touch with the Lab?

Follow us on Twitter or shoot us an email if you’re interested in any of our projects or sketches. All of our code is open source. Send a pull request on GitHub if you want to collaborate.

Contact us online

Contact us in person

  • The Library Innovation Lab
  • Langdell Hall
  • 1545 Massachusetts Avenue Map
  • Cambridge, MA 02138
  • phone: 617-495-3455

What’s our story?

We’re a dynamic group of thinkers and doers working to make libraries better by exploring the countless, dimly lit pathways that connect libraries to the larger world.

We focus our energy on a handful of large multi-year projects and a number of small projects we call sketches. Our large projects are ambitious undertakings that reflect our long-term mission and efforts. Sketches are experiments and provocations that are often driven by one or two folks in the Lab.

We’re stationed in the Harvard Law School Library and benefit greatly from the deep legal thinking and scholarship that surrounds us. We often approach library challenges using our law school library lens, but we work hard to make sure our local efforts have broad application. Libraries are universal.

Our group’s culture is freewheelin’ and open. We welcome new ideas and new collaborations. Let’s work together to make libraries better.

Who we are

The people at the Library Lab.


Friends and fellow travelers.

Berkman Center for Internet and Society Cyberspace explorer
Tom Boone Faculty Services Librarian
Claire DeMarco Research Librarian
Digital Public Library of America The Digital Public Library of America makes the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums freely available to the world.
Lindsay Dumas Digital Projects Archivist
Antonio Fernandes
Jeff Goldenson Former LIL Designer
Greg Leppert Developer
MetaLAB at Harvard Exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities
Loren Newman Intern
Shailin Thomas Affiliate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Jessica Yurkofsky