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Library Mission

The Gellert Library upholds the core values of Notre Dame de Namur University and serves its students and community by:

  • Providing reliable and guided access to diverse information resources and technologies that reflect the campus’ current and future academic programs

  • Encouraging the community to use information creatively, critically, and ethically by integrating our services into the instructional and planning activities of the University

  • Designing an inclusive and dynamic space that offers a range of learning environments conducive to research and collaboration


Library Vision

The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library is the center of intellectual inquiry and community engagement at Notre Dame de Namur University. The Gellert Library inspires reflection and innovation by supporting the diverse information needs of our users and furthers the goals of the University to promote a just, ethical, and diverse society.


Library Etiquette

Please set your cellular phone to vibrate or silent and minimize usage in the library.

Food and beverages are permitted in the library. Having food delivered to the library is not allowed. While enjoying your food and drink, please be considerate of others and the environment by:

  • avoiding bringing in foods with odors that can be considered offensive
  • using spill-proof containers
  • disposing of trash and cleaning up before you leave
  • reporting accidental spills that require cleanup

Smoking is prohibited in the library.

Noise should be kept at a reasonable level.

Students and visitors are expected to behave courteously toward the library’s staff. Public Safety officers will be called to handle disruptive users. The library staff cannot accommodate unattended children due to safety hazards in the building. If a child is left unattended in the library, Public Safety will be called.


Campus Map with Library Location


Gellert Library
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Ave
Belmont, CA 94002


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The library pursues two lines of assessment, the assessment of student learning outcomes referred to as PLOs (Program Learning Outcomes) and the assessment of services.  In addition to these library driven assessment efforts, NDNU also collects assessment data related to these areas through Information Literacy assessment and survey data.  Those efforts can be reflected in library driven assessments.  


Collection Development

As the University’s knowledge center, the Library serves as a gateway to global information that promotes research, creativity, and discovery.  The Library’s collection development activities and policy are intended to further the University’s mission of academic excellence by fulfilling the information needs of the NDNU community.  A primary objective is to build collections that support and enrich the University’s liberal arts and professional studies programs and anticipated future programs.  Another objective is to develop collections that advance the University’s core values related to global peace, community engagement, social justice, and diversity.  Moreover, collections are developed that cultivate scholarship and enhance teaching.


Suggest a New Resource

Suggestions from NDNU students, faculty and staff for new additions to our collections are welcome.

Please complete our online 'Suggest a new resource' form.


University Archives

For questions regarding the University Archives, please contact Interim Director Carmen Martinez at


Book Donations

As of September 2019, the Gellert Library no longer accepts book donations.  For information on donating materials to our archives and special collections, please email us at

Staff recommend Better World Libraries or the Salvation Army, nonprofits that welcome donations of books.