Library Receives Largest Gift in History

Dennis Brown | July 17, 2015  


The Marilyn & Rudolph M. Navari Charitable Foundation has made a $10 million gift to the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame, the largest gift in the libraries’ history, surpassing the $6 million Ford Foundation Challenge Grant that helped fund the original construction of the then-Memorial Library in the early 1960s.

The gift will be used in part to fund renovation of the future home for the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship in the Hesburgh Library, as well as to establish an endowment to support digital library services and research projects related to the center.
“I am deeply grateful to Rudy and Jane Navari and their family’s foundation for this generous gift,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “It recognizes the importance of a library for any university community, and the centrality of the Hesburgh Libraries for Notre Dame. This gift will allow us to expand and enhance our library services through digital technology to support the critical work of scholars now and in the future.”

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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