Theodore Hesburgh Library

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Theodore Hesburgh Library

Theodore Hesburgh Library is the primary building of the library system of University of Notre Dame. The building opened on September 18, 1963, as the Memorial Library. It was named after Father Theodore Hesburgh in 1987. The library has 3.39 million volumes, the 61st largest collection among all U.S. research universities.[1] During his service to the university, Father Hesburgh enjoyed an office on the 13th floor of the library, overlooking the Main Quad.

Word of Life mural[edit]

The side of the library facing the football stadium has a large mural of the resurrected Jesus entitled "Word of Life". It was designed by Millard Sheets. The image of Jesus is visible from the stadium and has his arms raised in the same fashion as a referee signifying a touchdown. From this similarity came the nickname "Touchdown Jesus".[2] The stadium expansion had the side effect of partially obscuring the view of Touchdown Jesus from the field.


  1. ^ The future of Hesburgh Library
  2. ^ Why Irish eyes are smiling

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°42′09″N 86°14′03″W / 41.70250°N 86.23417°W / 41.70250; -86.23417