The college library has been a fixture of the University of Notre Dame since its creation in the 1800s. A central circulating library was first established in the Main Building before moving to Bond Hall and finally Memorial Library, which opened in 1963 and was renamed Hesburgh Library in 1987.
Over 50 years ago, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of Notre Dame, envisioned a new library building that would join the Basilica and the Golden Dome as campus landmarks. Hesburgh wanted to create a mural in addition to a new physical structure to serve as a symbol of academic excellence and the pursuit of truth.
To celebrate the Libraries’ enduring mission of sharing and preserving the world’s knowledge and inspiring intellectual inquiry and academic excellence, Notre Dame is putting on a series of events from September to November. The events and exhibits showcase the Library’s history and the vast array of resources it has to offer.