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Code of Conduct

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.

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

Spring 2021 Study Days and Finals Hours::

  • Sunday, May 9: 9:00am – 4:00am
  • Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 14: 7:00am – 4:00am
  • Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16: 9:00am – 4:00am
  • Monday, May 17 to Tuesday May 18: 7:00am – 4:00am
  • Wednesday, May 19 (Last Day of Finals): 7:00am – 11:00pm

Access via ID card reader begins at 8:00pm daily through Thursday, May 13. On Friday, May 14 through Wednesday, May 19, access via ID card reader will begin at 10:00pm.

Summer 2021 Hours – Beginning May 20

  • Sunday: 9:00am – 11:00pm
  • Monday to Thursday: 7:00am – 11:00pm
  • Friday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 10:00pm

Closed: May 31 (Memorial Day)

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 available to Architecture faculty, students, and staff on a limited basis by appointment. Appointments are only for browsing the stacks, scanning materials, and visiting the Ryan Rare Book Room. If you need research or course support, please contact Jennifer Parker, Head, Architecture Library.

Non-Architecture students and faculty should contact Jennifer Parker directly to make an appointment.

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Business Library

Mahaffey Business Library is accessible to faculty, students, and staff on a limited, by appointment basis. Use Ask a Business Librarian to let the Business Library Team know what you need, and they will determine how best to help.

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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 Kellogg Kroc Library, 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 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.