NOTRE DAME -

Not your typical day at the library.

The University of Notre Dame is celebrating 50 years of the Hesburgh Library.

Festivities Friday included live music, remarks from school President Father John Jenkins and university librarian Diane Parr Walker.

Friday's celebration kicked off events that will continue all month.

The library may be best known for the "Word of Life" mural often called "Touchdown Jesus."

"It's not just the campus, it's known worldwide," said Linda Sarb, who used to work at the Hesburgh Library. "It's got an extensive collection. It's well-known. The history here, just even from when it started, has been phenomenal."

"I think the library is central to the campus," added current library employee Becky Price. "It's kind of life the main centerpiece, I think. Whether you're coming for a football game or to study, everyone knows where the library is."

The 13-story building was the biggest college library in the world when it opened in 1963 and is now named in honor of Notre Dame President Emeritus Father Theodore Hesburgh.