About Rare Books and 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.
We are located on the main floor of the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana. (For general information about visiting Notre Dame, directions to the campus, and other information, visit the University's visitors page.) We are open to students, faculty, visiting researchers, and members of the community Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and are closed weekends and major holidays.
All readers visiting Special Collections are required to follow departmental guideline regarding security, registration, requests and use of materials. Out-of-town patrons are advised to contact the department in advance of their visit to ensure that the materials they wish to consult are available. In addition, all patrons are advised to contact the department a day in advance of requests for medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and pre-1501 printed books held in our vault.
Please view complete Access to Materials page for all relevant information.
Approval of duplication requests is always subject to the physical condition and value of the materials and the copyright laws of the United States. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please view complete Duplication Policy for more information.
Special Collections is happy to provide instruction to classes at the request of instructors or teaching assistants. This offers students an excellent opportunity to view and use original source materials discussed in class. A formal introduction to Special Collections can remove some of the students' anxieties about requesting and handling rare materials.
Please view complete Instruction and Class Visits information for further information about having your class meet in Special Collections.