Rare Books & Special Collections
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is located on the main floor of the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana. Holdings include more than 175,000 volumes of printed books and periodicals, manuscript holdings ranging from medieval codices to collections dating from the late twentieth century, and various other format materials including printed ephemera, maps, newspapers, numismatic and philatelic items.
The Department is open to students, faculty, visiting researchers, and members of the community Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm (closed weekends and major holidays).
- US History & Culture
- Irish Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Natural Science, Natural History & Medicine
- Theology & Church History
- American Catholic Studies
- Italian Literature
- Fine Printing & Book Arts
- Medieval & Renaissance Culture
- Modern European Cultures
- Russian & East European Studies
- Sports Research
Special Collections Blog
Please visit the Special Collections at Notre Dame blog for highlights from our rich and diverse collections, news about acquisitions, events, and exhibits, information about services we offer, and behind-the-scenes looks at the work of our curators and conservators.