Renovations at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore


Faculty, staff, and students are already starting to benefit from the recent completion of the renovation and comprehensive floor reset of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. The renovations and reset included the addition of a meeting room for faculty, staff, and students, multiple study spaces, a stairway near the northeast entrance, additional fitting rooms, the removal of a half-wall that divided reading space on the first floor, and a re-designed women’s apparel space on the second floor. In addition to the newly designed space for sales transactions, one of the most notable changes is that the fireplace and reading area on the first floor is more accessible.

Second floor reading roomThe second-floor, glass-partitioned reading room.

Academic space

The general reading books, school supplies, and the consumer technology department are now located on the second floor, adjacent to course materials. This creates a dedicated academic space that will serve as a resource for the campus community. Additional gathering space and seating, as well as updated power accessible tables have been added for students and staff to utilize. The addition of a glass partition reading room is available for private and semi-private groups as well as in-store events and academic gatherings.

Religious gifts and books

Religious gifts and books remain a focal point on the first floor and are now complemented by emblematic gifts and jewelry. The updated gift department layout makes it easy for faculty, staff, and students to find the merchandise they need quickly and allows for an enhanced shopping experience including space for collections such as Made in Ireland, Book of Kells and a new game room by Holland Bar Stool Co. from Holland, Mich.

Game roomThe first-floor game room

Women’s apparel

The women’s and children’s departments, located on the second floor, feature an updated look that offers an intimate and boutique-like shopping experience for faculty, staff, students, and guests. The layout highlights apparel collections by fit and incorporates additional fitting rooms within the department. 

“We welcome feedback to help form our offerings as we constantly look for ways to improve the overall guest experience from the casual fan, to the dedicated student, to the committed faculty member,” said David Werda, director of retail operations for the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.

Women's and children's apparelWomen’s and children’s apparel are now located on the second floor, with additional fitting rooms added