Category: Facilities

Finals Week Extended Study Hours

Dunbar Library Finals week extended study hours begin on Wednesday, December 5th and run through Thursday, December 12th. We have a number of activities running during finals week as well. Check out our DeStress for Success event for details.

classic alarm clock

Extended finals week study hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

These extended hours are part of our mission to facilitate student success. Please refer to our website for detailed building hours. Thank you!

Elevator Replacement Project Final Phase

Facilities Management and Campus Operations is entering the final phase of the Dunbar Library elevator modernization project. This phase will take elevator 15L offline from December 2 through December 31.

Elevator 15L in Dunbar Library

This is the only elevator serving Dunbar Library that has public access from the basement to the first floor. If stairs create a barrier for you to access the library, a call button station will be available in the basement elevator lobby to contact the library circulation desk for assistance. There will be signage in the basement with additional detail. For assistance traveling from the first floor to the basement, please stop by the circulation desk.

The Library Annex elevator is also available for basement to first floor access. This elevator is located at the far end of the corridor, just past the CaTS Help Desk.

If you prefer to receive library research assistance remotely, please use the Ask A Librarian service at

We thank you for your patience during this process as we strive to continue to improve our facilities. Two of the library elevators have been modernized and are available from the first floor through the fourth floor.

If you have any questions please contact Chris Gremling at

Dunbar Library Elevator Replacement Project

On Monday, May 6, 2019, the elevator replacement project will launch in the Dunbar Library.  This project will run from May 6, 2019 through December 31, 2019. The chart below shows the details on the elevators and their closing dates. Project paid for with State of Ohio Capital Funds.

ElevatorProvides Access toDate to CloseDate to Reopen 
PLDL 12L1st - 4th floorsMay 6th, 2019Open
PLDL 13L1st - 4th floorsMay 6th, 2019Open
PLDL 14L1st - 4th floorsOctober 1st, 2019December 31st, 2019
PLDL 15LBasement - 1st floorDecember 2nd, 2019December 31st, 2019

Photo of three elevators across from Circulation Desk
Elevators 12L, 13L, & 14L, 1st – 4th floors

Photo of single elevator just inside of library entrance nearest Tom Hanks Center
Elevator 15L Basement – 1st floor

What should you expect when using the library during the elevator replacement?

Expect longer wait times for the elevator.  You will have to wait longer for an elevator.  This will be heightened May 6th – May 17th during our furniture installation project.  For more information on this, see our blog post in the Dunbar Wire.

Expect to be rerouted to other elevators.  The elevator running from the 1st to the basement floors will be closed for about 5 weeks in September and October.  During this time, alternative elevators must be used.  Information about alternative methods of ingress/egress will be announced in August.

Expect the same helpful and friendly staff.  Our staff will be here providing our full array of services throughout the improvement process.  If you would prefer to get assistance remotely, please use our Ask A Librarian service.

For more information on library access and services, please contact Sue Polanka, University Librarian at

For questions about the elevator replacement schedule and process, please contact Javan Conley, Construction Administrator, Planning, Engineering and Construction at

Dunbar Library Furniture Installation Project

Dunbar Library atrium
Library atrium “before” picture. “After” picture coming soon!

The Dunbar Library will soon begin Phase 2 of our state capital improvement project – furniture! Furniture will be removed from the Dunbar Library from Friday afternoon, May 3rd through Saturday, May 4th. New furniture will arrive beginning Monday, May 6th and take approximately 2 – 3 weeks to install.

What should you expect when using the library during the installation?

Expect some areas to be closed.  During installation, sections or entire floors of the library will close intermittently.  Signs in the lobby will indicate which areas are open and closed each day.  Guaranteed seating in the library will be available on the first floor, 2nd floor public computers, STAC, and media room, and private study rooms.  The Special Collections and Archives will also be open.

Expect noise.  Installation will involve unpacking, drilling and hammering and library users should expect noise throughout the process.  Our group and private study rooms, which may limit some of the noise, will remain available for WSU students, faculty, and staff to book for two-hour time blocks. Feel free to book those in advance. Earplugs are also available at the circulation desk.

Expect elevator delays.  Coinciding with our furniture installation is Phase 3 of our capital improvements – elevator replacement.  Two of our three elevators running from the 1st – 4th floors will shut down on May 6th.  We will have one operating elevator that will be used heavily by our furniture installers.  For more information on our elevator replacement project, see our Dunbar Wire blog post.

Expect the same helpful and friendly staff.  Our staff will be here providing our full array of services throughout the improvement process.  If you would prefer to get assistance remotely, please use our Ask A Librarian service.

For questions or comments, please email Sue Polanka, University Librarian at