Exhibits: Hesburgh Libraries and Online

The Hesburgh Libraries offer a number of exhibits that are open to the public as well as to campus students, faculty and staff. See Exhibit Guidelines and Request Form
Current displays:

In addition, various departments within the Libraries are creating Web-based exhibits and collections of digital texts and images. For a listing, see:

Hesburgh Library Concourse Exhibits

The Hesburgh Library’s Irish Studies Collection supports and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of Irish Studies at Notre Dame. The window display of recent additions to the collection include the great Atlas of the Irish Famine, as well as collections of poetry, books on politics and religious studies, biographies ranging from Bram Stoker through Archbishop to David Norris, correspondence of Archbishop McQuaid, and many other subjects.

This display highlights notable Black Notre Dame graduates, both undergraduate and graduate. We felt that this display was the perfect opportunity to educate the Notre Dame community about some of the very accomplished people who walked through the very same buildings we do today. From Condoleezza Rice to Tim Brown, Blacks have made their mark both on and off the Notre Dame campus and we hope this display inspires people to follow in their example.

Rachel Boggs, ‘13

The Chemistry Demo Team's display highlights all the activities that the team are involved with through out the year. These activities include live shows, visits to schools, school groups coming to Jordan Hall, and science themed summer camps. The Chem Demo Team is comprised of graduate students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry who have a passion for education.

Rare Books and Special Collections

Tír na nÓg: Literature for Young People from the Hesburgh Libraries' Irish Collections

August 26 to December 13, 2013

Graphic for the Tir na Nog exhibit.

In 2003 the Hesburgh Libraries acquired the Irish Fiction Collection of Rolf and Magda Loeber. The Loebers are the authors of A Guide to Irish Fiction, 1650-1900, a monumental study and annotated bibliography of fiction written by Irish authors, set in Ireland, or related to Ireland. The acquisition of the Loeber Collection of over two thousand books, generously funded by Dr. Michael W. J. Smurfit and Dennis F. and Ellin C. Murphy, marks the launch of the Hesburgh Library's ambitious Irish Fiction Initiative.

Children's literature forms a very interesting subset of this collection. The nineteenth century saw the development of stories with a moral purpose and later a trend towards books designed to delight and amuse children. By the twentieth century a number of genres of youth literature are in evidence including girls' stories, adventure stories and picture books. Nationalism, folklore, the Irish language and the culture and customs of rural Ireland emerge in twentieth century Irish children's literature.

In the late twentieth century, children's books deal with Ireland's history and also problems of Irish society. The Famine, the War of Independence, and the Northern Ireland Conflict form the background of a number of novels from the late 1970s on. Several contemporary Irish authors and illustrators are known throughout the world, and this exhibit highlights a few of their works.

Tír na nÓg is the Land of the Youth, a mythical otherworld that features in the Fenian cycle of Irish tales.


102 Hesburgh Library,
at the west end of the 1st Floor Concourse

Open to the public:

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Home Football Weekends:
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday
and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday (exhibit only)

Opening Reception:

October 3rd, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

This exhibit is curated by Aedín Ní Bhróithe Clements (Irish Studies Librarian)

Design by Sara Weber (Digital Projects Specialist, Special Collections). Conservation and preparation of materials by Liz Dube (Conservator, Preservation) and Diane Sikorski (Conservation Technician, Preservation). Research assistance by Rebecca Rossi (ND '14). Planning and coordination by the Hesburgh Library Exhibit Committee.

Poster illustration from Rosamond Praeger, Further doings of three bold babes (Exhibit Case 3).

OnLine Exhibits and Digital Collections

Rare Books and Special Collections

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Unit of the Department of Special Collections has produced a number of exhibits featuring selections from major collections as well as several digital collections which aim to provide a comprehensive online catalog for specific holdings:

Online exhibits: Digital Collections:

Edmund P. Joyce Sports Research Collection

The Edmund P. Joyce Sports Research Collection in the Department of Special Collections offers the following online exhibits:

Medieval Institute Library

The Medieval Institute Library has produced the following exhibits and digital collections of its holdings:

Online exhibits:

Digital Collections:

Anastos Byzantine Library

A new Byzantine Studies Library is being built around the recently-acquired collection of the late Milton V. Anastos. While the collection is being cataloged and housed, you are invited to take a brief "walking tour" through the history and culture of Byzantium.

Devers Program in Dante Studies
and the ItalNet Consortium

Established in 1995 to support rare book acquisitions in the John A. Zahm Dante collection and to fund an annual lecture series and visiting professorship in Dante studies, the Devers Program is also a founding member of the international ItalNet Consortium, whose mission is to make available scholarly Internet resources of literary and historical materials relating to Italian studies. Selected digital projects produced by ItalNet include: