Library Collections


The Hesburgh Library at Notre Dame has an extensive collection of Irish print, and subscribes to a wide range of resources in all formats to support advanced research in Irish Studies.



The Rare Books and Special Collections Department houses a large collection of early books on Ireland, including a significant collection of seventeenth-century publications, a collection of primary material relating to the 1798 Rising and the Act of Union, and outstanding collections on Swift, Berkeley and Edmund Burke. The Irish Fiction Collection, initiated with the acquisition of the Loeber Collection of Irish Fiction, is the foremost collection of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Irish fiction in the world. The Captain Francis O’Neill Collection forms the core of both the Irish antiquarian book collection and the Irish music collection. Irish-American history is well-represented by both books and manuscripts. Other collections include a Collection of Irish Maps and Sea-Charts, an Abbey Theatre Program Collection, a stamp collection, the Cuala Press Collection, and the James Clarence Mangan Collection. Past exhibits in the Rare Books department include Music Mad: Captain Francis O’Neill and Traditional Irish Music (1990), The Dawn of Celtic Studies, Investigations until 1800 (2002-2003), Ireland and the Irish in Fiction, (2005) and Exiles and Emigrants: Writings of the Irish Diaspora (2008).

The Hesburgh Library has books and serials on all aspects of Irish Studies, including history, literature, folklore, art, music, film, economics, religion, sociology, and politics. The Irish language collection is one of the leading collections in America, and covers all aspects of Irish language and literature, from the earliest printed books in Irish to contemporary works, with a significant collection of periodical literature. The Audio-visual collections include feature films and documentaries, as well as a large collection of recordings of Irish music. In addition to holding significant microform collections of Irish newspapers, serials, manuscripts and pamphlets, the Hesburgh Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries, which means that the Notre Dame community have access to the holdings of the CRL. The Hesburgh Libraries subscribes to every major online resource for Irish Studies, including the Dictionary of Irish Biography, the Historical Irish Times, the Irish Newspaper Archives and the JSTOR Ireland Collection. Other significant digital resources include the State Papers Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, the Making of the Modern World, and many other databases, which are listed in the library’s research guide, Irish Studies.

Irish Studies is one of the areas of excellence in the Hesburgh Libraries, and the collections and services are constantly being developed. The Irish Studies Librarian, Aedín Clements, is available to assist researchers or to answer questions about the collection.