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Loyola Notre Dame Library records

Identifier: LNDL-001-001

Scope and Contents

The Loyola Notre Dame Library records reflect the origin, history, and activities of the library from the 1960s to 2018, and consist of 9 series.

The Creation of the joint library series contains documentation on the logistics of creating a joint library, including fundraising, construction, furnishings, and signage for the Loyola Notre Dame Library.

The Governance series contains documentation related to the founding and mission of the Loyola Notre Dame Library as well as the records for Loyola Notre Dame Library Board of Trustees.

The Financial and business records series contains documentation related to Loyola Notre Dame Library’s strategic planning, fundraising, budget, and human resources.

The Departments, committees, and task forces series contains documentation created by Loyola Notre Dame Library’s departments, committees, and task forces as well as staff, manager, and supervisor meetings, and surveys on library usage.

The Projects series contains documentation about projects which involve the library staff as whole, as well as miscellaneous materials which do not correspond well with any other series in this collection.

The Events, programs, and exhibitions series contains documentation related to events and programs as well as exhibitions hosted by Loyola Notre Dame Library within the library or at a location outside of the library.

The Buildings, facilities, and maintenance series contains oversized architectural drawings, maintenance manuals, facilities audits, and documentation on library signage, furnishings, and fixtures.

The Photographs series contains photographic material documenting Loyola Notre Dame Library and its operations and activities.

The Publications, informational, and promotional materials series contains publicly disseminated documents, such as articles, newsletters, press releases, publications, and library information sheets and brochures.


  • 1960s - 2018

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

All collections are closed except to office of origin or original owner until processed. Loyola Notre Dame Library administrative records are closed for 25 years from the date of creation.

Conditions Governing Use

The Loyola Notre Dame Library records are the physical property of the Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Loyola Notre Dame Library was founded in 1968 by Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. The Library serves as an integral part of both campuses by providing information services and resources to support the academic programs and educational concerns of the universities. The Library is a 501(c)3 organization; its board of directors includes representatives of the universities and six non-affiliate members.

The Library was designed by the architectural firm Meyer, Ayers and Saint. Henry A. Knott served as the general contractor and completed the building at a cost of $3 million. After seven years of planning and two years of building, on May 5, 1973 the Library opened its doors with holdings of 150,000 volumes. William Kirwan, the first director, presided over the May 12th dedication. When built, LNDL was a prime example of American Brutalist architecture. It won a joint architectural Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association citing its “boldness, exciting massing, clarity of materials, strong functional plan and quality of library environment.”

Sister Ian Stewart was appointed the second director of the Library in 1974, a position she held for the next twenty-six years. Under Sister Ian’s leadership, the Library automated its card catalog and circulation system and joined the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium.

John McGinty became the third director in 2001. During his tenure, the Library expanded its digital capabilities and its physical space. In the summer of 2006, Hillier/RMJM was the architect of record for an extensive building renovation and expansion project. The renovations increased the size of the building to 125,000 square feet. Whiting-Turner completed construction in July 2008 at a cost of $20 million. The renovations increased natural light and added new study spaces, an auditorium, a screening room, and a digital media lab.

In 2008, both universities' archives were moved to a 4,000 square foot space created for the Archives and Special Collections so that the collections became more accessible to researchers. The permanent exhibition of the St. John’s Bible, made possible by the families of Nicholas B. Mangione and Julie Kline Rybczynski, was installed in 2010.

Barbara Preece became the Library’s fourth director in 2010. Under her leadership, the Library continued its transformation to an innovative learning center that adapts to users’ changing needs for physical space, information, and technology.


15.34 Cubic Feet (34 boxes: 31 legal document boxes, 2 half-size legal document boxes, and one oversize box; 82 map case folders.)

Language of Materials



The Loyola Notre Dame Library records reflect the origin, history, and activities of the library from the 1960s to 2018. The records include correspondence, meeting notes, founding documents, reports, contracts, financial and fundraising records, handbooks, exhibition materials, programs, flyers, architectural drawings, construction plans, manuals, photographic materials, press releases, news articles, and publications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection were transferred to the Archives by Loyola Notre Dame Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2018 by Christina Meninger.

Guide to the Loyola Notre Dame Library records
Christina Meninger
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Loyola Notre Dame Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

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Baltimore MD 21212