Rare Books & Special Collections
Masks are required in public spaces of the 1st and 2nd Floor of the Hesburgh Library from 7:00am - 8:00pm for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. This includes the University Archives and Rare Books & Special Collections Reading Room.
Note: All visitors to campus are expected to wear masks throughout the Hesburgh Library at all times.
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.