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Hi I’m Aaron, and I’m from Ohio.

Behind me is the Hesburgh Library. It may look like the tallest building on campus, but it’s actually not. It’s a full fifteen feet shorter than the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

When it opened in the 1960s, it was the largest university library building in the world. It was originally called Memorial Library, then when University president Father Theodore Hesburgh retired in 1987, it was renamed in his honor.

The mural on the south side of the building is widely known as “Touchdown Jesus,” but its true name is the Word of Life. It’s made of 81 different types of stone from 16 different countries, which is symbolic of the diversity of our faculty and student body.

There are literally millions of resources for scholars here and at the other nine branches across campus. The Rare Books Collection includes almost one hundred thousand books and handwritten manuscripts dating back to the Thirteen-Hundreds. The oldest piece in the collection is four thousand years old.

On the seventh floor you’ll find the University’s renowned Medieval Institute.

During finals, the library is open twenty four hours a day, and I know from experience.