Hesburgh Library Renovation


What is being renovated?

Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame’s iconic main library, will undergo a large-scale interior renovation. This is a multi-phase project that will take several years to complete as funding is secured. Phase One is the Entrance Gallery and Tower Floor Ten. More information on phases and project timelines is available on the project website renovation.library.nd.edu.

When will renovation start? How long will it take?

The various phases of renovation will amount to several years of construction; however, Phase One should take about one year. Phase One renovation will commence immediately following finals in December 2014, and is projected to be complete by January of 2016.

Will the library remain open during renovation?

Most of the Library’s spaces, collections and services will be accessible throughout construction. The only areas that will be off-limits will be the areas under construction. Signage will be posted, and updated, around the building. See the current timeline for construction boundaries. Ren-Alerts , Construction Maps and News are prominent website features that have current information to help patrons navigate access to resources and spaces during renovation.

What will it be like in Hesburgh Library during renovation?

The project may be noisy and dusty at times, but the aim is to schedule the most disruptive construction activities during times when the library is less occupied. We will communicate anticipated occurrences as far in advance as possible to minimize disruption for our users. Signs will help you find your way around and renovation alerts (Ren-Alerts , Construction Maps and News) will be posted to the renovation website and to the library’s website, so that you can plan accordingly.

Where can I find quiet spaces to study and read during the renovation?

The tower floors may be a bit quieter than the first or second floors. If you're looking for alternate study spaces, there are several branch libraries around campus available to you. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience, but this is an undertaking that will benefit library users when complete.

When the 10th Floor is under construction, where will those books go and can I still check them out?

The books and other materials that were on the 10th floor remain accessible in the library’s Lower Level and available for checkout during the renovation.

Why is the library being renovated?

In its 50-year existence, Hesburgh Library has had some limited space renewal, but full renovations and upgrades to infrastructure have only taken place in the Lower Level and the 14th Floor. The environment is both functionally and aesthetically deficient to serve the 21st century needs of our students and faculty. Some of the issues the renovation will address include:

  • Electrical access does not meet user demand
  • Interior lighting is poor
  • Natural light is extremely limited
  • Furnishings are outdated and do not serve current teaching and learning needs
  • Orientation and navigation are cumbersome due to featureless floor plates
  • Tower floors are over capacity and lack space to use materials and build community

The 20th century building and features were visionary for their time and have served us well for many years. This comprehensive building renovation ensures that the Hesburgh Library will continue to fulfill its mission in the 21st century and meet the ever-changing research needs of the campus community in a digital age.

When Phase One is complete, what will be different?

The Entrance Gallery provides open vertical connections between the expansive first and second floors. It will be defined with new, sky-lit Lanterns that provide views to activities on the second floor and a strong central orientation point for library services. The new Lanterns will highlight important library services, and comfortable social gathering and activity spaces closer to the building’s center. The transformational design also provides new connections to campus. A new north entrance will provide access from residence halls and the new research building as campus development grows to the north and east of Hesburgh Library. Views across campus to the stadium, and an overlook with sightlines from the concourse and main south entrance below, will be provided through new interior windows at the south end of the second floor.

On the 10th Floor, the collection will be relocated away from windows to provide natural light from existing windows into the open user areas. Improved spaces for quiet, contemplative study will be built. These areas are a subject-themed reference reading room and a graduate student enclave, which houses individual, assigned carrels. The tower floors will become destinations…and help to build communities of scholars around broad humanities and arts disciplines.

Who should I contact if I have a question about the project?

For questions regarding renovation, email jkayongo@nd.edu.

What sustainability strategies have you undertaken as a part of this project?

Sustainable Sites:

  • Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
  • Bicycle Storage: New Bike loops at North Entry

Water Efficiency:

  • Water Use Reduction: Low flow toilet fixtures (urinals, water closets, faucets)
  • Water Efficient Landscaping: Drip irrigation/smart irrigation head technology

Energy & Atmosphere:

  • LED lights
  • Temperature Control Strategies: set point policy, zoning, controls, shutdowns in non-occupied spaces
  • Occupancy sensors
  • Daylight and Views: Use of more natural daylighting (new north entry, opening up south and skylight) - possible daylight harvesting
  • Energy Efficient hand dryers: by Dyson; no paper towels in restrooms/life cycle assessment completed online by Dyson
  • Reduction of heat loss through thermal envelope by using thermally broken storefront system in new north entry/double pane glass

Materials and Resources:

  • Building Reuse: Anticipated to reuse 75-95% of Existing Walls, Floors, Roof
  • Construction Waste Management: Goal is to achieve 75% or higher recycling of demolition materials such as steel, concrete, glass, etc.
  • Materials used with recycled content: (carpet, ceiling tile, drywall, steel, concrete - flyash, recycle/trash stations)
  • Material Reuse: Reuse of the marble for other purposes

Indoor Environmental Quality:

  • Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control: - Walk-off mat at north entry
  • Low emitting use of materials: (Low or no VOCs in paints/stains/coatings, adhesives/sealants, Formaldehyde free materials, carpet systems)
  • Construction IAQ Management Plan: During construction and before Occupancy
  • Green Housekeeping Practices and Green Pest Management Practice