Hesburgh Libraries
Statues on campus are wearing masks
Connecting People
to Knowledge


Visitor Policy

The University has significant limitations on the number of visitors to campus. Research requests by non-ND-affiliates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, per the University’s Campus Visitors Policy.

Hesburgh Libraries Service Continuity

Hesburgh Libraries Reopening Task Force has diligently prepared library spaces and redesigned in-person services. Please only visit our spaces if you have been issued a green pass for the day on the Return to Campus Advisor Tool. For those who need or prefer remote access to expertise and digital resources, we are always a chat, email, or Zoom consultation away.

In alignment with University priorities, our first guiding principle is to help protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, and their families as we support teaching and research at Notre Dame. Whether in-person or remote, we remain committed to service excellence as we fulfill our mission of Connecting People to Knowledge. Safely.

Phases Overview

Remote Services

  • Remote and Online Services; Digital and Electronic Resources
  • No Building Access for Users

Select Expansion of Services

  • Select Expansion of No-contact Services
  • Remote Services Continue
  • No Building Access for Users

Select Expansion of Building Access

  • Select, Controlled Building Access
  • No-contact Services Continue
  • Remote Services Continue

Modified Building Access & Services

  • Building Access Expands with Modifications
  • In-person Services Resume with Modifications
  • Remote Services Continue


Safely Connecting People to Knowledge: Our Shared Responsibility

Creating a safe and healthy environment at the University of Notre Dame for students, faculty, and staff is a shared responsibility that will require each of us to do our part and be accountable to one another for our behavior both on and off campus.

As a condition of returning to campus and the Hesburgh Libraries, community members are required to follow the COVID-19 related health and safety policies and requirements established by the University of Notre Dame. Our shared responsibilities for safety include:

Maintain Physical Distancing

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people while traveling through library spaces. Do not gather in groups and stay out of fully occupied spaces.

Wear Face

  • All are expected to wear face coverings at all times in Hesburgh Library and all branch library locations. Wear your face covering correctly, positioned carefully over the nose and mouth.

Use Frequent
Hand Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Monitor Your
Health Daily

  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or believe you may have had exposure to someone with COVID-19, please stay home, contact your healthcare provider and follow University guidance.

Read More About Our Shared Responsibility



Our plan is subject to change based on the University’s evolving understanding of COVID-19 and its impact. Check this website often for the latest information.