Hesburgh Libraries

Overview

Connecting people to knowledge: This is the fundamental mission of the Hesburgh Libraries. It is integral to the core mission and strategic objectives of the University, and these missions must advance together in order to achieve success in the 21st century.

More than 50 years ago, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., dreamed of a new library building that would serve, along with Sacred Heart and the Golden Dome, as one of the three pillars of the Notre Dame campus. It would become the academic heart of the University. He envisioned that Memorial Library and its now world-famous Word of Life mural would stand, for all to see, as a symbol of academic excellence and the pursuit of truth.

On the 50th anniversary of the opening of Memorial Library (renamed Hesburgh Library in 1987), we reflect on this vision-turned-reality, and we work to ensure the libraries of Notre Dame continue to be a vital force in the advancement of the University.

That is why the Hesburgh Libraries have reorganized, repositioned, and restrategized, staying on pace with emerging industry trends and responding to the ever-changing needs of our students and faculty. Indeed, the libraries probably touch more people day-to-day—from perhaps the most diverse group of stakeholders—than any other organization on campus. It is both an opportunity and a responsibility to consistently make an impact on the Notre Dame community as a whole.

In today’s digital world, the sources of information have expanded and the tools of scholarship have evolved. Yet the libraries’ mission of connecting people to the world’s knowledge and preserving that knowledge for scholars throughout time remains unchanged, forming the foundation from which the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame will inspire intellectual inquiry and academic excellence for the next 50 years and beyond.

The libraries probably touch more people day-to-day—from perhaps the most diverse group of stakeholders—than any other organization on campus. It is both an opportunity and a responsibility to consistently make an impact on the Notre Dame community as a whole.

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Goals

The Hesburgh Libraries have identified five overarching goals as part of their strategic planning process, each of which advances one or more of the five University-wide goals:

1. Advance scholarship and research

University Goal Supported

  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten

Strategies

  1. Strengthen collections and services aligned with Notre Dame’s established research programs and emerging academic areas
  2. Enhance the discoverability of scholarly resources in all formats

2. Enrich the educational experience and intellectual growth

University Goals Supported

  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten

Strategies

  1. Build partnerships with units and programs throughout the campus to promote teaching and learning
  2. Collaborate with user groups to develop and improve services that support the full cycle of research and scholarly exchange

3. Expand digital programs and services

University Goals Supported

  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal IV: Foster the University’s mission through superb stewardship of its human, physical, and financial resources
  • Goal V: Engage in external collaborations that extend and deepen Notre Dame’s impact

Strategies

  1. Grow digitization capacity and enhance digital library services in order to preserve and increase access to Notre Dame’s collections
  2. Further outreach, education, and collaborative efforts in regard to the libraries’ role in digital resource management

4. Transform library spaces

University Goals Supported

  • Goal II: Offer an unsurpassed undergraduate education that nurtures the formation of mind, body, and spirit
  • Goal III: Advance human understanding through scholarship, research, and post-baccalaureate programs that seek to heal, unify, and enlighten
  • Goal IV: Foster the University’s mission through superb stewardship of its human, physical, and financial resources

Strategies

  1. Renovate the Hesburgh Library building
  2. Create spaces throughout the Hesburgh Libraries System that promote intellectual growth and discovery

5. Create a sustainable culture of continuous improvement and service excellence

University Goal Supported

  • Goal IV: Foster the University’s mission through superb stewardship of its human, physical, and financial resources

Strategies

  1. Steward the libraries’ resources in alignment with campus priorities
  2. Communicate strategically and consistently with internal and external constituents

Learn more about the Hesburgh Libraries by visiting library.nd.edu.