Notre Dame announced the start of the interior renovation of the University’s iconic Hesburgh Library later this month, at the end of a year in which the Library celebrated its 50th anniversary.
“The 50th anniversary gave us the opportunity to both celebrate a remarkable past and build upon this foundation to create a leading research library for the 21st century,” said Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC. “Now is the time to make a transformational leap forward through a bold renovation that will keep Hesburgh Library the centerpiece of Notre Dame’s intellectual pursuits and an enduring symbol of our academic excellence.”
This phase will focus on making the library more open and inviting, with a new north entrance and an emphasis on connectivity within the building and with the rest of the campus. New floor openings, crowned with a skylight, will draw daylight deep into the building and make activity on different levels of the library visible throughout. On the second floor, a new interior glass wall will provide views toward the stadium through the adjoining concourse.
The library will remain open through the renovation, which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.
The project takes forward the implementation of the Hesburgh Library master plan, which Shepley Bulfinch completed in 2013.