The Medieval Institute, located on the seventh floor of the Hesburgh Library, welcomes scholars and researchers from around the world. 

Visiting the Physical Collections

The Medieval Institute Reading Rooms are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding university holidays and closures. Anyone may visit the Institute and its physical collections. If you're planning a visit and need research or physical collections assistance, contact Dr. Julia Schneider, medieval studies librarian, well in advance of your visit to discuss your needs. Access to Ambrosiana microfilms and special collection items must be arranged with her in advance (at least 8 weeks' advance notice is recommended).

By using the reading rooms, you agree to follow the Medieval Institute's code of conduct and abide by all policies. The Code of Conduct and reading rooms hours may be found on our library page. Please note that the MI reading rooms close from 5 to 5:30 p.m. each weekday. If you have after-hours access, you will be able to swipe in after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and on Saturdays and Sundays, during open hours.

Using the Digital Collections

Digital collections may be accessed only with a formal, short-term appointment as a visiting scholar. Self-funded faculty and graduate students from other institutions may seek this appointment. Applicants should inquire at least six weeks in advance of the time they wish to be in residence, and we might further request a letter of recommendation. Appointments are made at the discretion of the Institute's director. 

Apply to be a Visiting Scholar

Resources for Your Visit

  • This is ND
  • Visiting Notre Dame
  • Visitor Parking
  • Campus Map (the Medieval Institute is on the 7th floor of the Hesburgh Library)
  • Notre Dame Events 
  •, a resource page from the Notre Dame Office of Public Affairs and Communications hosts with information about travel, housing, dining, and other visitors' needs in Notre Dame and South Bend
  • DTSB (Downtown South Bend) 
  • Medieval Institute Library (please note that the reading rooms close from 5–5:30 p.m. Exceptions are made for MI staff and appointees with carrels in 715F who need to pass through to enter, exit the RR or use the office.)

For Postdoctoral Scholars and External Fellows

The information in these links is maintained by offices outside of the Medieval Institute. Please contact the relevant office with questions about their materials.

Postdoctoral Scholars

External Fellows

International Appointees

All Appointees