What do we do?

Projects are the heart of the Library Innovation Lab. We build things. Our projects attempt to make something — big or small — better, simpler, more transparent, or more fun.

Active Projects

What we’re doing now.

Former Projects

Farewell, sweet friends.

Awesome Box

Awesome Box helps libraries tag and share the books their patrons love.

Check Out the Checkouts

An interactive visualization of library checkout data from all of Harvard's libraries.

DPLA Bookshelf

DPLA Bookshelf is an easy way to search DPLA’s collections.


Haystacks is a tool for visualizing data about the Harvard Library collection.

Library Cloud

LibraryCloud is infrastructure for sharing what libraries know.

Library License

An experimental contractual rider an author can negotiate with a publisher that gives one online copy to public libraries after the book has stopped selling.

Library Test Kitchen

An academic collaboration with metaLab and the GSD to explore the future of libraries.

Build and share digital shelves of books, movies, albums and most anything on the web.

Stack Life

StackLife is visual navigation for the Harvard Library System.