Rare Books & Special Collections
Masks are required throughout the Hesburgh Library for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. This applies to all Rare Books & Special Collections spaces. All visitors to campus are required to wear masks inside campus buildings at all times until further notice.
The Special Collections reading room is currently open by appointment only, but the exhibit room and reference collection remain open to all during our regular hours (Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm).
The University of Notre Dame Special Collections is open to the public and welcomes researchers from both on and off campus. An active program of class visits, exhibitions, and workshops highlight Special Collections' vital role in teaching and research at Notre Dame and beyond.
Our collections offer more than 132,000 volumes of printed books and periodicals and over 6,000 linear feet of non-book materials including manuscripts, printed ephemera, broadsides, prints, posters, numismatics, and philately. Strengths of our holdings include: Catholic studies, Irish studies, Italian literature, Latin American and Iberian history and literature, sports and physical culture, and theology and church history.
- American Catholic Studies
- English & American Literature
- Fine Presses & Artists' Books
- Irish Studies
- Italian Literature
- Latin American Studies
- Medieval & Renaissance Culture
- Modern European Cultures
- Natural Science, Natural History & Medicine
- Russian & East European Studies
- Sports Research
- Theology & Church History
- US History & Culture
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.