Author: University Libraries

Welcome Week Library Tours

We have much more than books – learn what Dunbar Library can do for you! We’ll be offering guided 30-minute tours of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library the first week of classes. Join us for any of the following sessions. No need to RSVP. Meet at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Welcome Week Library Tours:

Tuesday, August 27th 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 28th 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28th 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 29th 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

For questions or to arrange an additional tour for your class or group, contact

Game Night – August 30th

Game Night
August 30, 2019
Dunbar Library
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

The University Libraries and Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS) are teaming up this year to invite all current Wright State students to attend our free Game Night, Friday, August 30, 2019. Celebrate the close of the first week of class with us. Your Wright1 card will be required for entry.

Join us for:

  • Pizza, soda, and snacks
  • Photo booth with props
  • Board games in the Group Study Room
  • An escape room challenge
  • Trivia
  • Games*
    • Super Smash Bros
    • Mario Kart
    • Rock Band
    • Just Dance
    • Wii Tennis (Wii Sports)
    • Trivia Murder Party (Jackbox)
    • League of Legends
    • Hearthstone Fireside Gathering

*Subject to change. Check this blog closer to the day for updates.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Computing and Telecommunications Services
  • The Friends of the Libraries
  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Involvement and Leadership
  • University Center for International Education
  • University Libraries

Questions? Email:

We hope to see you there!

Beat the Heat this Weekend with a Visit to the Dunbar Library

It is going to be a very hot weekend, so if you need to get out of the heat, stop by the Dunbar Library and spend some time with us.  The Dunbar Library is open to the public and guest computer accounts with access to most of our resources are available.  We have a number of activities to keep you cool:

  • Read a book – 800,000 to choose from – academic, fiction, children’s/YA books, and more (all floors)
  • Visit our display about the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing (1st floor)
  • Ride a new bicycle desk – a great way to get in some biking miles while it is too warm outside (2nd floor)
  • Read a newspaper or popular magazine like Ebony, Consumer Reports, or Rolling Stone (2nd floor)
  • Make a movie or scan some old photos in the STAC (2nd floor, no guest accounts)
  • Play a game from our Brain Games Collection (1st floor)
  • Spruce up your resume, finish that paper, or get an early start searching for next semester’s textbooks using one of our computers (2nd floor)
  • Browse the Milton Wright Diaries or previous Stein Gallery exhibitions in CORE Scholar (online)

Library hours this weekend are:

Friday, July 19th – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 20th – 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 21st – 1 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Dunbar Library Capital Improvements Summary: What Students Wanted and What We Provided

A multi-modal building use study was completed during the 2015 calendar year. We studied building use patterns and conducted a needs assessment survey of our students. Using this data, we prepared a State Capital Funding request in 2017 to replace carpet and furniture and modernize the library. $1.1 million of state funding was received in the summer of 2018 and improvements were made during the 2018-19 academic year.

What Students Wanted and What We Provided

New carpet – 81,100 square feet of new carpet on the 2nd through 4th floors.

More study space – Repurposed 5,883 square feet for new student study spaces.

Private study rooms, bookable – 7 individual rooms and 6 multipurpose rooms now available with cloud-based, self-booking software.

More designated quiet study areas – 2nd floor annex now designated quiet study, 7 quiet study rooms added.

Update furniture: add more soft furniture, get a variety of furniture, offer flexible layouts – New furniture on all floors: booths, couches and 5 styles of soft seating, new chairs – with/without arms and with/without wheels, 4th floor tables/chairs on wheels, sit/stand desks, bicycle desks, 40% more soft seating.

Fewer wooden carrels and more open individual tables with dividers – Replaced wooden carrels with 22 individual tables with dividers, retaining six wooden carrels for students who prefer that level of privacy, added modern soft-sided single carrels.

More whiteboards – Added 13 rolling whiteboards, 9 whiteboard tables and hung whiteboards in bookable rooms.

More computers – Kept same number of computers, but relocated some. Use data from 2015 – 2019 showed a downward trend in computer use.

Computers/Printing on other floors, quiet computing area – 3rd floor, room 328 offers 7 individual quiet study rooms with computers/dual monitors and printing.

Update computer workstation furniture – Old workstations removed, wider tables installed providing opportunities for dual monitors on most computers.

Bring outlets to study areas – Connectrac installed to stretch outlets to new areas, over 200 outlets and 150 USB ports added on table tops, 5 power towers added. Furniture laid out to take advantage of outlets.

Expand library hours on Friday and Saturday evenings, expand summer break hours – We extended finals week hours on Friday/Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings and extended summer break hours by 78% to support medical students in their summer term. Loss of library staff prevented us from offering more.

Replace elevatorsIn progress, completion by December, 2019.

See this information in a printable PDF: Library capital improvements summary