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Visitor Policy

The University has significant limitations on the number of visitors to campus during the Fall 2020 semester. Research requests by non-ND-affiliates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, per the University’s Campus Visitors Policy.

In-Person Access

Limited to ND, SMC and HCC Only — ID Required at all times

In-person access to Hesburgh Library is limited to current members of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross College communities.

Correct use of face coverings, physical distancing, and other COVID-19 related policies and requirements must be observed in all library spaces throughout the duration of your visit. Read more about Safety and Library Spaces. Please only visit our spaces if you have been issued a green pass for the day on the Return to Campus Advisor Tool.

Hours and contact information for Hesburgh Library building and service points, as well as all branch libraries, will be kept up-to-date on our hours page.

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Hesburgh Library

Hesburgh Library building hours are as follows:

  • Sunday 9:00am to 11:00pm
  • Monday through Friday 7:00am to 11:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am to 11:00pm

Access via ID card reader begins at 8:00pm daily.

Enter and exit using the east, west, and north doors. The South/Carey Courtyard Entrance will remain locked until further notice to help maintain one-way travel paths and social distancing. Follow onsite signage and always stay to the right when traveling through the building.

Visit the hours page to see up-to-date access and contact information for spaces and service points.

Medieval Institute Library

Medieval Institute Library General Collection open stacks can be accessed anytime the Hesburgh Library building is open. Medieval Institute reference collection materials may be accessed by all students, faculty, and staff in-person for book retrieval or a quick reference check that does not require a seat between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday. The doors to 714 (Byzatine/Classics and Near Eastern Reference) and 715 (Medieval Reference, Paleography, Universities, and Ambrosiana collections) are unlocked during this time.

Those who wish to use a seat for an extended visit between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday must reserve a seat online. Please contact Julia Schneider, Medieval Studies Librarian, for questions and course support.

Navari Family CDS team members are available for virtual or in-person appointments for Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff. Please contact cds@nd.edu with questions or to request an appointment for research and course support.

If you are visiting NFCDS public spaces, please reserve your seat or computer station in advance.

Rare Books & Special Collections / University Archives Reading Room

Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff can request appointments to access the Rare Books & Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Please email Rare Books & Special Collections or University Archives for research and course support or to make an appointment.

Research requests by non-ND-affiliates are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, per the University’s Campus Visitors Policy.

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Architecture Library

The Architecture Library is accessible by appointment only for Notre Dame faculty. Students will not have direct library access. Please contact Jennifer Parker, Head, Architecture Library, for research and course support.

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Business Library

Mahaffey Business Library is closed for in-person access. For those who need remote access to expertise and digital resources, please use Ask a Business Librarian for research and course support.

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Music Library

The Music Library is accessible by appointment only. Please email musiclib@nd.edu for appointments, research, and course support.

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Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resources Center is accessible by appointment only. Please contact Denise Massa, Visual Resources Curator, for research and course support or to make an appointment.

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Note: The Chemistry-Physics Library, O’Meara Mathematics Library, and the Radiation Laboratory Reading Room spaces have permanently closed. All print collections and services have been relocated to the Lower Level of Hesburgh Library.

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.