Dinand Library was named in honor of Bishop Joseph Diannad, S.J, 16th President of Holy Cross. It was consecrated on November 27, 1927 on the anniversary of the opening of classes in 1843. The Latin description above the steps reads, "Ut cognoscant te solum Deum verum et quem misisti Jesum Christum" (That they might know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent).
The water color proposal drawing was prepared for Rev. Joseph N. Dinand, S.J., President of the College, by the firm of Maginnis and Walsh, Architects. The Renaissance Revival style is articulated by the colonnade of eight Ionic columns, frieze with inscriptions, and balustrade at the roof level. Here large lions are placed on either side of the steps.
The Hiatt wings were dedicated in May of 1979. They were funded by Jacob Hiatt and his wife Francis Hiatt in memory of their parents who died in the Holocaust.
“Dinand Library,” Mapping Holy Cross, accessed March 6, 2021, http://hcdigitalscholarship.com/MappingHolyCross/items/show/10.