ACUL Mission Statement

Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame: a great destination for learning and research


The principal purpose of the Advisory Council for Hesburgh Libraries is to understand, support and promote the vision of excellence for the Library.


The University selects members, each of whom has achieved success in the business or professional world. Meeting annually, members are able to stay current with developments at the University and the Library. Membership on the Council has enhanced the bond between the University, alumni and friends. Council members experience an esprit de corps that becomes an important part of their lives.

Since Council members come from all over the United States, they have the opportunity to acquaint people in their own communities with the excellence of the Notre Dame Library system and its position as a cornerstone of Notre Dame's status as a great Catholic teaching and research university. Through their business and professional contacts, Council members are able to facilitate contacts between the Library and corporations, foundations and other granting agencies.

Support for the Library

In recent years, the most significant challenge facing the Library has been the move towards digital data access, delivery and preservation, though the Hesburgh Libraries will continue to be rich in print material. Council members have taken a direct interest in enhancing print and digital collections, many of which are named for council members and their families. A second challenge facing the Library is the enhancement of study and teaching space for new forms of learning. From their experience in business and professional environments, Council members offer advice on how best to fulfill the vision of excellence.

As part of the broad Notre Dame community, Council members will continue to work with the Library on the strategic challenges facing the Library in the following key areas:

  • Building premier library collections in the global network of research libraries
  • Achieving excellence in meeting campus information needs
  • Enhancing study and teaching space for new forms of learning
  • Creating a Catholic identity for the research library

Proposed by the Council November 22, 2002; Revised, April 25, 2003


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