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Dinand Library was dedicated in 1927. It was named for Bishop Joseph N. Dinand, S.J., president of Holy Cross from 1911-1918 and 1924-1927. The library wings were added in 1979 and honor the memory of Joshua and Leah Hiatt and all the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
The Library has a commanding presence on campus. Located on a gently rising slope, wide sweeping granite steps lead up to a classical facade on Indian limestone with brick laid in Flemish bond. A colonnade of eight Ionic shafts supports an entablature whose frieze carries the legend: Ut Cognoscant Te Solum Deum Verum Et Quem Misisti Jesum Christum. The inscription translates , " That they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." (John 17.3)
Holy Cross College [College of the Holy Cross]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1980.