Finals Week Survival Guide: Quiet Study vs. Silent Study

If you spend a lot of time in Dunbar Library, you might have noticed that things get a little louder around finals week each semester. More people than usual are visiting the library as they study for finals.

Your friendly library staff and welcoming library spaces are always here to help:

  • Check out course reserve materials, pick up OhioLink requests and more at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.
  • Need research help, have questions about printing or using library computers? Visit the Info Desk on the second floor.
  • Can’t make it to the library but have a research question? You can text, call, IM chat, email… all by using our Ask a Librarian service.
  • Creating a digital media project? See the STAC on the second floor.
  • Meet your study group on the first or second floor
  • Or find your solo-study sweet-spot with Quiet Study on the third and fourth floors.

Tensions run high during finals week. That guy tapping on his keyboard, or the music you can hear through that lady’s headphones might be extra disruptive right before a big test. That’s why we’re offering extended Silent Study hours during finals week. What’s the difference between Quiet Study and Silent Study? Silent Study means no electronics, no whispers, no food, no distractions… no kidding. Silent Study will be available in Room 315 pretty much any time the library is open during finals, which is until 2:00 a.m. most days. Check our calendar for specific hours. Questions or concerns? Let us know: 937-775-2525.

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Celebrate National Library Week

Nominate a Library Staff Star!
Help us celebrate National Library Week, April 12 – 18 and National Library Workers Day, April 14. Consider nominating a library staff member for the American Library Association/ Allied Professional Association’s Library Star Gallery:

Want to nominate someone but can’t remember the name of that nice person who helped you at the Info Desk? Love requesting OhioLink books and want to know who makes it happen?  Check out our staff directory or email

13505 Michelle Brasseur, National Library Week group photo 4-18-14

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Whiteboard Write-Up

Last week @CarlyGirl29013 was inspired by detailed anatomy drawings of a heart, brain and skull she saw on the whiteboards in Dunbar Library, and shared them via Twitter in an attempt to find the artist(s).
IMG_1562“John drew this.” Are you him? Visit her post to claim your work.

Love anonymous dry-erase board drawings? Check out some of our all-time favorite whiteboard works, plus helpful hints about library services and materials from Computer Science and Engineering Librarian, Phil Flynn:

ChemistHumour (2)If you are studying chemistry there is no need to lose your sense of humor.  Find all of the chemistry literature you need with SciFinder Scholar.  Mary Lou Baker Jones is our Chemistry Librarian.

CompilerIf your compiler code is going code blue, maybe you need to register some help.  Read about computer languages and examine code from Safari Online Books.  Check out our Computer Science and Engineering subject guides.

AnatomyCandyBrainIf your brain needs refreshed, try reading something from our Popular Reading Collection. See the bookshelves on the first floor just in front of the Starbucks counter. … or, give it a challenge with a game from our Brain Games collection in the Group Study Room. Ask at the Circulation Desk for these games available for checkout

EarthDayEarth Day is coming up, April 22nd. Be a true blue recylcer. Use our blue recycling bins for paper and plastic recyclables. Have suggestions for the library’s sustainability team, EcoNuts? Email 

EconomicsIf your economic paper is floating in the deep end, make it more current.  Find a wealth of economic literature in ECONLIT.  Our Economics Librarian is Carol Fang.

Good Morning SnowmanWe love this sketch, but we’re glad to say goodbye to this guy until next winter. Snow, rain or shine, enjoy comfortable study space in Dunbar Library.

LanguageLessonListen to learn language but look at our Language Learning Media for recorded dialogue.  Our Modern Languages librarian is Piper Martin.

StudyBudyHow’s this for a study buddy?  Need a tutor? Call Tutoring Services at (937) 775-2280 and meet yours at our second floor tutoring area.



Thanks for studying in Dunbar Library. We love seeing your artwork and notes on the whiteboards. Remember we’re here to help you – and you can help us improve your library. Stop by Dunbar Library and fill out a survey April 21-22 or April 28-29 or email to give us your feedback.

See something you drew? Comment below to claim your work.

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Library Student Assistants Rock!

Congratulations to the Spring 2015 Library Student Assistant Award recipients:

  • Rachel Adams
  • Katie Cassell
  • Fayelee Conley
  • Nina Herzog
  • Rebecca Junker
  • Jason Kennison
  • Christina Kuykendall
  • Rachel Niekamp
  • Katrina Rigdon

We welcomed our Library Student Assistant Award winners, their families and all of the library staff to a reception on March 27th. The winners posed for a group photo:


Katie Cassell was unable to attend the LSAA Reception, but later proudly accepted her award from her supervisor, Mike Smith of Library Computing Services:


The LSAAs are University Libraries biannual awards for Library Student Assistants who go above and beyond the call of duty. Selected by representatives from the library staff and Friends of the Libraries Governing Board, LSAA winners are awarded $500 for assistance with tuition, books and other expenses. Eligible LSA have worked for the library for at least one semester, cannot have won the award the previous semester and have outstanding references from their supervisors.

Many of this semester’s recipients are seniors who will be leaving us at the end of April. We’re proud of their accomplishments, grateful for their contributions to the University Libraries, and very sorry to see them go.

Good luck to our Library Student Assistants who are graduating this semester! We hope you’ll come back and visit us.

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