About the LoyolaNotre Dame Library


1972 LibraryConstructionLoyolaNotre Dame Library began in 1964, when a consultant recommended a joint library for Loyola College and College of Notre Dame. In 1965, a joint faculty committee reported on the feasibility of a combined library, and on December 7, 1967, LoyolaNotre Dame Library was incorporated as a nonprofit organization that would be jointly funded by the two colleges and administered through a separate board of trustees. The first Library Board of Trustees meeting was held on January 5, 1968, during which Bishop Murphy announced plans for construction of a $3 million library building; the architectural firm of Meyer, Ayers & Saint was hired for the design and construction of the building, with Henry A. Knott the general contractor.

In 1970, William Kirwan was appointed the first director of the joint library. Ground was broken on May 5, 1971, and the finishing touches of construction were still under way as the two formerly separate libraries began the difficult process of merging their collections to become one joint library. On March 15, 1973, the library opened its doors to students, faculty and the public with a total of 150,000 volumes. The dedication ceremony was held on May 12 of that year.

In 1974, Sister Ian Stewart was appointed as the second director of the library, a position she would hold for the next twenty-six years. The library's collection grew steadily, and in 1981, the library acquired its 200,000th volume. In 1993, the library automated the card catalog and circulation systems using the CARL system. That same year, LNDL joined the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium (MIC) along with Hood College and Mount St. Mary's College. In 1994 the library passed the 300,000-volume mark.

Library after 2008 RenovationSix years later, in 2000, LNDL acquired its 400,000th volume, bringing the library to near its total holding capacity. John McGinty became the third director of the library that same year upon Sr. Ian's retirement. In 2002, the library implemented the first ENCompass Digital Library System - a federated search engine "encompassing" most of the library's database contents - in the United States. During the next ten years, the library's digital capabilities expanded exponentially, resulting in over 250,000 digital book titles being added to the collection and over 56,000 online journals being made available. By 2007, the MIC consortium of libraries had grown to include five libraries in addition to LNDL, bringing total consortium holdings to over one million volumes.

An extensive building renovation and expansion project commenced in the summer of 2006 after several years of planning to bring the library into the digital age physically. Hillier/RMJM designed the new addition and renovation to the original building; the renovations would bring the size of the library to 125,000 square feet. Construction by Whiting-Turner was completed by July 2008 with the total cost of the project totaling $20,000,000.00.

The library has embarked on two strategic plans during the period from 2005-2012 that have guided the priorities and budget allocations to keep the library a vital organization for students and faculty of Loyola and Notre Dame during the early 21st century. Through all these changes, the LoyolaNotre Dame Library has held constant its underlying mission: the provision of top-quality library services and resources to the communities of Loyola University and Notre Dame of Maryland University.