More than 50 years ago, Father Hesburgh dreamed of a new library building that would become the academic heart of the University.


He envisioned that this library and its now world famous Word of Life mural would stand as a symbol of academic excellence and the pursuit of truth.


We celebrate this vision-turned-reality and the vital contributions the Libraries have made to the advancement of Notre Dame.


Together, we embrace this vision anew, ensuring that the Libraries will inspire intellectual inquiry and academic excellence for the next 50 years and beyond.

"Hesburgh Library Celebrates 50 Years" Wins American Library Association Award

ALA Press Release

Winning Portfolio



50th Anniversary Highlights - The Year In Review

Digital Displays

50 Milestones Interactive Timeline

50 Years of the Hesburgh Library

Birthday Card

Hesburgh Library 50th Anniversary Campus Celebration


Event Page

Center for Digital Scholarship Opening Reception and Program



TedxUND2014 – Creating Knowledge Together

Introducing Remix - Beyond Text: The Power of Student-Created Media

Noye’s Fludde (Noah's Flood)



Concourse Exhibits

  • partner Logo

    Seaside Research Portal

    Concourse West - Fishbowl Display

  • partner Logo

    Hesburgh Artifacts

    Concourse East – Walk-In Case

  • Hesburgh Construction

    Concourse East – Wall Case 2

  • Word of Life Mural I

    Concourse East – Wall Case 3

  • Word of Life Mural II

    Second Floor – Wall Case

  • Birthday Card

    Second Floor – Wall Case

  • Rare Books Collections

    Concourse West – Wall Case

Special Collections Exhibits

The University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries have officially launched the Center for Digital Scholarship, located in the northeast corner on the first floor of its flagship Hesburgh Library building.