The University Libraries uphold the mission of Wright State University by providing exceptional research services and resources to facilitate faculty and student success and by fostering innovation and life-long learning in our diverse community.

Toward this end, these policies have been created to ensure a high level of service for all users. Contact the Library Administration at (937) 775-2380 with questions regarding library policies.

The University Libraries follow and adhere to all Health and Safety Protocols Required on Wright State University Campus.

Building Use

The following guidelines govern the general use of public areas and rooms in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. The University Librarian or his/her appropriate designee may authorize exceptions to these guidelines:

  • Public areas in the Dunbar Library are available for use by all library users, including students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public.
  • The primary use of all public areas is for quiet individual study except for public service points and areas designated as "group study."
  • Cell phone ringers must be turned off. Cell phones may be used only in areas designated as "Cell Phone Zones."
  • Acceptable use of food and drink in the Dunbar Library is defined by the Food and Drink Policy.
  • The use of tobacco and tobacco-related products is not permitted in the University Libraries. Additional information is available at the University's Tobacco Free Policy and WSU Student Handbook - Electronic Cigarettes.
  • Animals, except those trained to assist persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the Library. Please refer to the University's policy on the use of service animals.
  • Arrangements for visiting groups and special activities should be made in advance with the University Librarian or his/her appropriate designee.
  • Rooms are available only to current Wright State University students and employees unless otherwise specified in these guidelines or approved by the University Librarian or designee.
  • The use of personal transportation devices such as bicycles, skateboards, hoverboards, rollerblades and rollerskates, is not permitted.

In addition to these general guidelines, the following rules apply to specific locations in the Library:

  • Group Study Room & Starbucks (Room 105): This group study room is available for unscheduled student group study. Study groups should be limited to ten individuals or less. Upon approval by the University Librarian, this room may be scheduled for occasions of significance to the Libraries or the University.
  • Reference Area Computers & Media Room(2nd floor): Computers in these areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They may occasionally be reserved for instructional purposes by the Instruction & Research Services staff.
  • Library Lab (Room 241/242): This lab is used for library instruction. When not in use for instruction, it provides additional computers for students working the Reference Area.
  • STAC (Student Technology and Assistance Center, Room 240): This room is available only to Wright State University Students seeking individualized support and instruction on a variety of computer programs.
  • Special Collections and Archives (Wright Brothers Reading Room, Room 402): This room is available for research using materials housed in the Libraries' Special Collections. A staff member must be present whenever the room is in use.


Many people come to the Wright State University Libraries seeking a quiet place to read and study. Please be courteous by observing the following cell phone rules:

  • Turn cell phone ringers off or set to vibrate while in the library.
  • Use cell phones only in designated areas. These include enclosed stairwells and "Cell Phone Zones" near the restrooms on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors.
  • Speak in a quiet voice when using a cell phone in designated areas.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited in all other public areas of the libraries.

Patrons not adhering to the policy may be asked to leave the library.

Computer Use

Full Internet access at library computers is available to Wright State University students, faculty and staff through their campus computing accounts. Persons who are not Wright State students, faculty, or staff may use the computers on the 2nd floor of Dunbar Library by getting a one-day Library Guest Computer Account. You must present a government-issued photo ID at the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

Library computers are provided for searching, retrieving, viewing, printing, or downloading resources for educational purposes. Internet use is logged in order to trace illegal activity as necessary. All use of library computers must comply with the following University, Library and OhioLINK policies, and with other federal, state and local regulations:


In accordance with Ohio Revised Code, Section 149.432, the Wright State University Libraries are committed to protecting patron confidentiality and patron information contained in library records. We are in compliance with the State of Ohio's "Patron Confidentiality Law" that states:

"'Library record' means a record in any form that is maintained by a library and that contains any of the following types of information: (a) information that the library requires an individual to provide in order to be eligible to use library services or borrow materials; (b) information that identifies an individual as having requested or obtained specific materials on a particular subject; (c) information that is provided by an individual to assist a library staff member to answer a specific question or to provide information on a particular subject." (For additional information see Ohio Revised Code 149.432).

Disruptive Behavior

Any behavior or condition that threatens the safety of others, that disrupts the orderly use of the Wright State University Libraries, that could constitute harassment, that creates a hostile environment, or that affects the staff's ability to provide service, is prohibited and will be handled by the appropriate enforcement authority. Examples include:

  • Creating excessive noise or disturbances
  • Threatening or harassing others, including verbal, non-verbal, or physical attack
  • Using personal belongings not essential to library use, such as bicycles, skateboards, hoverboards, rollerblades, sleeping bags, or coffee pots
  • Using or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances


Wright State University students, faculty, and staff may film, photograph, and draw for academic use in the Libraries provided that they do not film, photograph, or draw library users without permission or cause a disruption. Others wishing to film, photograph, or draw in the Libraries, such as the Media, must be approved to do so by Library Administration (937) 775-2381.

Food and Drink

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Library's Food and Drink Policy is designed to maintain a clean and welcoming environment for all users and to encourage personal responsibility and respect for library materials, furnishings, and equipment.

Food and drink are allowed in the library according to the following guidelines:

  • All beverages must have lids. Disposable cups and lids are available at the library service desks.
  • Deposit all recyclable food and drink packaging in recycling bins located throughout the library.
  • Deposit all non-recyclable food and drink packaging in trash bins located throughout the library.
  • Carry out or properly dispose of all food, drink, dishes, silverware, etc. that you bring into the library.
  • Use cleaning supplies, available at all library service desks, to clean any up spills, crumbs, etc.
  • Report any accidental spills to library staff as soon as possible.


  • Food and drink are prohibited in Special Collections & Archives.
  • Food is also prohibited at all computer workstations and in the STAC (Student Technology Assistance Center).
  • Food deliveries (pizza, etc.) are not permitted.


  • Plan ahead and prepare: When possible, plan to eat meals before coming to the library. If you carry in snacks or drinks, avoid messy foods that may damage library materials and facilities. Bring drinks in covered containers and be careful to avoid spills.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Make sure to place recyclable items in recycling bins and non-recyclable items in trash bins.
  • Leave what you find: Leave library resources, furnishings, and equipment in the same or better condition as you found them.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Respect your fellow library users and the next generation of library users.

Promotional Activities

Wright State University Libraries is committed to creating a welcoming environment for its users. We believe promotional activities help inform our patrons about events on campus and in the community. We welcome student groups and campus departments to display materials, place collection boxes, or use designated library spaces to promote an educational or academic event or activity.

Requests must be submitted to the University Libraries Administration Office, 126 Dunbar Library using the Promotional Activity Request form or by calling 775-2380.

Requests must be received with advance notice of a maximum of 6 months and a minimum of 1 week. Requests received with no advance notice will be determined on a case by case basis. Signs, flyers, or other solicitation materials found in the library without prior approval will be removed.

Promotional materials can be displayed for up to four weeks, depending on the event.

The department or student group assumes the responsibility of putting up, removing, and picking up the promotional materials. These materials must be approved in advance. Set-up and Take-Down dates must be approved in advance and are strictly followed. Materials remaining in the library after the promotion date will incur a $10 removal fee, charged to the student or staff person reserving.

Library space may not be used, directly or indirectly to:

  • Promote a commercial product or service
  • Support or oppose any political candidate or issue
  • Promote a viewpoint that is defamatory or incites violence

The WSU Libraries do not necessarily endorse the viewpoints which may be the subject of the promotion.

The WSU Libraries will not be held responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

The WSU Libraries reserve the right to deny any request.

This policy does not govern the library exhibit cases or the bulletin board in the Group Study Room.

Social Media

Wright State University Libraries welcomes comments from the community on its official social media pages. User-generated content on the Libraries' social media pages does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Libraries, and such content is not screened or approved by the Libraries before it is posted.

Wright State University Libraries abide by terms of service for all social media tools and applications. We encourage all users to do the same. Further, users are expected to abide by any and all applicable laws, as well as all applicable policies of Wright State University and the Libraries.

The Libraries reserve the right to use any comments or content publicly posted to any of the Libraries' social media channels in promotional materials, publications, and reporting.

Unattended Children

The Wright State University Libraries welcome children who are accompanied and supervised by a parent or adult caregiver. The supervision, safety and security of children are the responsibility of the parent or adult caregiver. The Libraries assumes no responsibility for the safety and supervision of children left unattended. The Wright State University Police Department may be notified if children are left in the library unaccompanied by an adult. Please note the following:

  • Children, ages 14 or younger, must be under the direct supervision of a parent or an adult caregiver at all times while in the library.
  • Children needing assistance with government information or government publications can contact the library for assistance or to arrange a visit.
  • Parents or other adult caregivers must monitor all activities and behavior of their children while they are in the library. They are also responsible for any damage to property done by the child. Parents will be asked to remove children from the library who exhibit disruptive behavior.
  • Library computers are intended for research and the completing of course assignments; they are not intended as diversions or entertainment for children.

Gifts and Donations

Wright State University Libraries selectively accept gifts of books or other materials that support and enhance the University's teaching and research.

Only the Associate University Librarian for Collections has the authority to accept donated materials. Once a donation is accepted, the materials become the property of the University Libraries. The Libraries reserve the right to determine the retention and/or disposition of all donated materials. Those materials not added to the collection will be disposed of at the discretion of the Libraries.

As a rule, the Libraries do not accept the following:

  • Unbound journal issues
  • Bound journal volumes (unless they fill a gap in existing holdings)
  • Textbooks
  • Any material outside the scope of our existing collections
  • Any gift which carries restrictions such as retaining all materials or housing materials together as a collection
  • Outdated audiovisual formats (for example, VHS tapes and vinyl LPs)

The donor is responsible for delivering all donated materials to the Libraries. The Libraries will acknowledge accepted donations, but we are unable to provide a valuation for tax purposes.

Materials that are appropriate for the Libraries' Special Collections and Archives Department are subject to their departmental policies.