Hesburgh Libraries

The Hesburgh Libraries system consists of 10 libraries that house most of the books, journals, manuscripts, and other non-book library materials available on the campus.  Currently, the collections contain over 3.3 million volumes, more than 3 million microform units, more than 34,000 electronic titles, and more than 28,850 audiovisual items in support of the teaching and research programs.

Through the Notre Dame website, users have immediate access to the Hesburgh Libraries catalog, an array of electronic periodical indexes and full-text documents, and professionally developed subject guides to local and Internet-based resources.  From their computers, users may request individualized reference assistance, place interlibrary loan requests, suggest titles for purchase, and recall or renew charged materials.  An electronic reserves module is available, as is an arts and letters document delivery service.

The Theodore M. Hesburgh Library, a 14-story structure, serves as the main library, and its collections are of primary interest to the students and faculty of the College of Arts and Letters and the Mendoza College of Business. The tower also contains the University Archives, the Medieval Institute Library with the Frank M. Folsom Ambrosiana Microfilm and Photographic Collection and the Mary K. Davis Drawings Collection, and the Jacques Maritain Center.

The Thomas Mahaffey Jr. Business Information Center, located in the Mendoza College of Business, is an innovative, primarily electronic facility supporting existing and emerging programs and research.

The Kellogg/Kroc Library Information Center, located in Room 318 of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, supports work in international studies.

The Art Image Library, in 110 O'Shaughnessy Hall, became a branch library in July 2002.  The Art Image Library provides photographic images for teaching, research, student slide presentations, and historical documentation.

The remaining six libraries were established to meet the teaching and research needs of the College of Engineering, the College of Science, the School of Architecture, and the Law School. These libraries generally contain the more recent literature, and the Hesburgh, Library retains the older materials.  Each branch library provides database searches as well as bibliographic instruction.

The Engineering Library, located on the first floor of Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering, has a collection of more than 56,400 volumes and receives 134 paper journals and about 1,430 e-journals related to engineering.

The Architecture Library has a collection of more than 34,400 volumes and 95 currently received paper journals and 45 e-journals pertaining to various aspects of architecture.

The Chemistry/Physics Library, located in Room 231 of the Nieuwland Science Hall, maintains a collection of some 34,250 volumes and currently receives 96 paper journals and 580 e-journals in all fields of chemistry and physics.

The Timothy O'Meara Mathematics Library, located in the lower level of the Hayes-Healy Center, has a collection estimated at 53,100 volumes and subscribes to about 70 paper and 440 e-journals dealing with all areas of pure mathematics and many areas of applied mathematics.

The Radiation Chemistry Data Center, located in Room 105 of the Radiation Research Building, has a collection of 5,000 volumes and receives 6 journals and 24 e-journals in radiation chemistry. It serves many of the information service needs of the radiation chemical community throughout the United States and abroad.

The Kresge Law Library, although located in and administered by the Law School, is available for use by all students, faculty, and staff. It has a collection of more than 634,000 books and microform equivalents of law and law-related material and subscribes to more than 6,835 serial publications.

The University maintains a membership in the Center for Research Libraries, which has access to more than 4 million volumes of materials and 1.5 million microforms important to research.  The then University Libraries were elected to the Association of Research Libraries in 1962.

For further information about library facilities and services, call (574) 631-6258