Major overhaul planned for Notre Dame’s library

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Work is about to start on a major overhaul of the University of Notre Dame’s landmark library building.

University Librarian Diane Walker says the Hesburgh Library hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1963 and hasn’t kept up with how today’s students work there.

Work on the renovation’s first phase is to begin Dec. 22 and take about a year. The South Bend Tribune reports that phase will cost about $10 million. Eight total phases are planned so that the library can remain open and the full construction cost hasn’t been determined.

Walker says the 14-story building won’t be expanded, so changes aren’t planned for the iconic mosaic known popularly as “Touchdown Jesus” that faces the football stadium. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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