Category: Facilities

Dunbar Library now Open!

Welcome back, Raiders! The Dunbar Library is now open for the fall semester and our staff are ready to assist you.  We welcome students, faculty, staff and our community users for individual study, materials retrieval, computing, and staff assistance. 

We have a variety of safety measures in place to keep our users and our staff safe including:

  • Masks required while using the library
  • Physical distancing measures in place including the proper spacing of tables and reduction of chairs at our study spaces.  Please do not move the furniture!
  • Sanitation areas on each floor equipped with hand sanitizers and cleansing wipes
  • Signage to indicate the flow of traffic in/out of doors
  • Used material book trucks near each collection.  Please place any items touched on these carts for proper quarantining.

Dunbar Library hours for the fall semester will be:

  • Monday through Thursday – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Several of our services have been adapted to promote physical distancing and keep our staff and users safe.  These include:

Ask a Librarian Serviceremote assistance is available from our librarians for 78 hours per week.  We offer virtual appointments as well.  Chat, email, or call us for assistance.

Ask an Archivist Serviceremote assistance is available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The reading room will open on September 8th by appointment only.  Please schedule appointments one week in advance.

ERC in Dunbar Library

Educational Resource Center – this collection and the media lab equipment were added to the Dunbar Library over the summer.  The ERC is located on the 2nd floor annex, near the STAC.  Questions about the ERC materials and equipment? Please use the Ask a Librarian service.

Book Stacks – users may browse our book stacks.  Please limit what you touch.  We ask that items that are touched and no longer needed be removed from the shelf and placed on our quarantine carts located near each collection area.  Our staff will pick-up these items and quarantine them for the required 3-day period.

Self-Checkout – Our circulation desk is equipped with a no-touch, self-checkout station. 

Book Drop
Library Book Drop

Book Drop – Please use the book drops outside of the library to return items.  You will find these at the front entrance doors under the overhang and at the entry doors in the tunnels.

Curbside Pickup – patrons may pick-up books curbside by calling our staff at 937-775-2525 during library hours.  We will need your UID to access your account. Our staff will bring items to your car.  This service is limited to books already on hold.  Request your materials for our hold shelf in the catalog using the “Request” button (instructions here).

OhioLINK and SearchOhio – both delivery services are operational.  Request your OhioLINK and SearchOhio items in their respective catalogs for delivery to Dunbar Library (instructions here).  Please know that items must be quarantined for 3 days upon receipt and so the delivery time for this service will increase to 7 – 10 days.

Interlibrary Loan – we are pleased to offer full ILL service, including electronic and print requests.  Place your requests using the ILL form (instructions here).

Course Reserves – contact our circulation desk staff on the first floor for assistance with your course reserves items. You may email us at [email protected].

Public Computing – open seven days, computers, printers, and scanners remain available at appropriate distances.  Please, one patron per computer.  Visitors may request a guest account at the first floor circulation desk.  Keyboards are covered and we ask all users to wipe down the keyboard cover before and after use.  We have alcohol prep pads at the computer workstation area and the circulation desk to wipe down the keyboards and mice.

Technology Assistance – for assistance with computers, printers, or scanners, please contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827.

Bookable Rooms – WSU students, faculty, and staff may book our individual study rooms after August 31st.  Please use the cleaning supplies provided on each floor to wipe down your area before/after use.

Whiteboards – our whiteboards are available; however, markers and erasers must now be borrowed or purchased at the first floor circulation desk.  Markers and erasers are $1.00 each.  Patrons are welcome to bring their own dry erase markers as well.

New ATM machine on 1st floor

ATM – we have a new ATM on the first floor in the group study room near the printer/copier. This is a Wright Patt Credit Union ATM.

Starbucks – Starbucks is open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Educational Resource Center Relocates to Dunbar Library

When the Dunbar Library reopens this fall it will have 19,000 new and unique items added to the collection, all from the Charles & Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center (ERC).  The ERC, formerly maintained by the College of Education and Human Services, has now become a featured collection within the University Libraries.

bookshelves in Dunbar Library
ERC collection in Dunbar Library

Relocating to Dunbar Library provides the following opportunities for the ERC:

  • 7-Day service for the entire collection and media lab
  • Longer daily hours and extended finals week hours
  • A dedicated room in the Dunbar Library (210) for the collection and media lab services
  • Longer loan periods for print and non-print items (print now 112 days, non-print now 14 days)
  • Greater accessibility for a wider-range of users
  • Display cases to feature the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center artwork
  • Ask a Librarian service
staff with cart of books
Library staff moving the collection

University Libraries staff teamed up with Facilities Services to move the collection from 116 Allyn Hall to 210 Dunbar Library during the months of July and August.  After an extensive inventory, and over 250 trips through the tunnels, the move was complete in approximately 5 weeks.

tables of non-print materials
Temporary holding place for ERC items

Most of the Media Lab equipment, furniture, and computers were also relocated to Dunbar and the ERC webpages have been integrated into the University Libraries website. More information will be shared through social media about how and where to access the Media Lab equipment and services.  Future plans include integrating the University Libraries’ Children’s Literature collection into the ERC collection and expanded programming and outreach.

Next time you are in the Dunbar Library, visit the new Charles & Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center on the 2nd floor.

Dunbar Library Temporarily CLOSED Effective March 17th. Remote services remain available. Fines Waived.

The University Administration announced the closure of Dunbar Library effective March 17, 2020. Our physical facilities will not be available; however, the University Libraries’ staff will continue to support research and instruction remotely, using our Ask a Librarian and Ask an Archivist services. Millions of electronic resources will remain available through our website. Other services will be modified or suspended. Details are below. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

Online Assistance

Ask A Librarian online chat and email service – Open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our librarians are great at online assistance, they’ve been providing service in this format for over 20 years.

Ask An Archivist online chat and email service open Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Research Guides – start your library research using a custom guide for your discipline or class and contact your subject librarian for assistance.

Research Toolkit Workshops: Our online workshops explain some of the foundational concepts of information literacy that help students in their library research There are also a variety of videos that explain different library processes and procedures available at

Borrowing/Returning Materials and Fines

For those who currently have library materials checked out, most items will be automatically renewed. For non-renewable items, any fines accrued will be waived when Wright State resumes face-to-face classes. Reserve items will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. For questions about your library account, please respond to [email protected].

OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan Requests

Many OhioLINK libraries are closing this week and as a result, borrowing and delivery will be suspended. If you have a physical item on our hold shelf, please email [email protected] to discuss options for picking up these items.

We will do our best to fill your Interlibrary loan requests for electronic items. Please be aware that many public and academic libraries are closing and we may have difficulty borrowing materials. Items that are available will be delivered to a users’ ILLiad account.

Dunbar Library Hours and Services – Updated

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UPDATED. PLEASE SEE OUR CURRENT POST. The Dunbar Library remains open with regular semester hours. We recommend you review the Libraries’ hours prior to your visit as our situation may change. For the health and safety of our staff, we have closed several of our physical service points. We continue to offer remote assistance through our Ask services.

Effective immediately, public service hours are as follows:

Ask A Librarian online chat service – Open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Circulation Desk – 1st Floor – open all library hours, call us at 937-775-2525 for questions about library hours, circulation, OhioLINK requests, Course Reserves, or Interlibrary Loan. If you are visiting in person, ring the bell for service.

Information Desk – 2nd Floor – closed, use Ask a Librarian

Bookable Rooms – closed

Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) – Open all library hours; not staffed, use Ask a Librarian

Special Collections and Archives – closed. Ask An Archivist online chat service open Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Computers, printers, and scanners are available; however, many computers are temporarily closed in order to maintain the recommended Ohio Department of Health guidelines for social distancing. We encourage all library users to actively practice preventative measures, including appropriate social distancing and good hygiene practices while using our library. Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer dispensers are both available throughout the Dunbar Library. More information about the campus response to the COVID-19 Disease is available on the University’s website.