University of Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame

Office of Executive Vice President

Facilities Design & Operations

Hesburgh Library Renovation

The Hesburgh Library Renovation is a multi-phased process which began in December of 2014 and will span several years. The focus is on a bold and total space transformation that creates connections among scholars, services and resources; enhances teaching and research; and inspires learning and discovery for Notre Dame students and faculty in the digital age.


December 2016

Scholars Lounge




One of our newest spaces — the Scholars Lounge — has opened just in time for finals week. The Scholars Lounge is located across from the Carey Auditorium and Au Bon Pain cafe at the east end of the Concourse and seats up to 80 people.


November 2016

4th Floor Renovation




The recently renovated 4th Floor is now open and is the new location for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services. Patrons should note that the 4th Floor is only accessible to users during regular hours, and elevators will not stop on the 4th Floor outside of business hours.

ILL assistance is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • in person
  • by telephone (574-631-6260)
  • and by email (

The 4th Floor is also the new home for several library faculty and staff in the Resource Acquisitions and Discovery (RAD) Program from the following units: Discovery and Access Systems Unit, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Acquisition Services, and Resource Description and Discovery Services.

The RAD team was previously located at the east end of the 1st Floor in the space that will soon become the new Scholars Lounge.

Construction Completed August 14, 2015

Entrance Gallery




  • Entrance Gallery - North End (1st and 2nd Floors)  
    Hesburgh Library’s New North Entrance and Gallery is open and ready to welcome students and faculty back to campus. The new atrium, reading room and skylight mark the beginning of many transformative changes yet to come. 

    The North Entrance Gallery is accessible using a new sidewalk at the northwest corner of the building. The remaining landscaping and sidewalks in the North Plaza were completed in early September. The project included the renovation of approximately 25,000 gross square feet in the center section of the first and second floors of the Hesburgh Library, new first and second floor restrooms, a second floor north reading room, new north entrance, renovation of the south entrance, two large floor openings between the first and second floors, a second floor skylight, and new reference and circulation desks. Exterior windows were replaced on the north elevation and includes new audiovisual equipment and new furniture.


  • 10th Floor Renovation:  Construction Complete November 2015
    Construction Complete November 3, 2015. 
    The 10th floor renovation includes the renovation of approximately 16,000 gross square feet and will include a new reference and reading area, new graduate student enclave, new shelving and furniture, and new restrooms. North Quad Plaza Design

Project Cost:  $10.5 Million