University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Libraries

Notre Dame, IN | 2016

The phased renovation of Hesburgh Library advances Notre Dame's vision for a research library for the 21st century, transforming the 14-story library by connecting students and faculty with services and resources that support scholarship and research.

In the first phase the design challenge focuses on making the first two floors more open and inviting while maintaining the spirit of the original mid-century aesthetic. This phase establishes a base design vocabulary that will be carried through to future phases. New skylit floor openings draw daylight deep into the interior and visually connect the floors. An interior glass wall provides views toward the stadium. On the tenth floor, a new graduate research room and reference space will serve as a prototype for the renovation of other stack tower floors.

Renovations in the project's second phase will infuse Hesburgh's main campus connector with a sense of the library experience and introduce a Scholars' Lounge, which will mediate the space between the Connector and the library.

The library will remain operational throughout the project. The renovation implements recommendations in Shepley Bulfinch's 2013 library master plan.


  • Square Footage: 45,000 s.f.

Shepley Bulfinch Team

Janette Blackburn
Kelly Brubaker
Geoff Barter
Alicia Monks
Joe Rondinelli
David Sanders
Greg Norton
Katie Kim

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