The Notre Dame Center for Italian Studies and Notre Dame International jointly administer the Italian Studies Library Research Award. This award provides grant funding for scholars to use the collections of the Hesburgh Libraries for research in Italian studies.
The University of Notre Dame holds one of the premier collections of Italian literature in the United States. Of particular note is the Zahm Dante Collection, which ranks among the most significant collections relating to Dante Alighieri in North America. The collection is also rich in Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, represented through early imprints and translations, historical publications of textual criticism, and significant illustrated editions. Copies of many of the manuscripts and drawings of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan may also be accessed via photographs and microfilm through the Notre Dame library.