Category: Services

Returning, Requesting and Picking-Up Items from Dunbar Library

The change of academic terms is a busy time for returning and picking-up materials at the Dunbar Library.  We would like to make that easier for you this term.  

Book Drop
Book Drop

Returning Items:  If you would like to return your items, our book drop is located under the overhang.  You may place your items in the drop any day, any time.   

Renewing items:  All materials currently checked out have automatic renewals.  We will continue to renew your materials until the library reopens. 

Requesting and Picking-Up items:  The “request” feature is on in the WSU library catalog.  You may place requests for items in the Dunbar Library only.  Librarians can help you identify needed items via our Ask A Librarian service. Our staff will pull the physical materials, check them out for you, and put them outside the library for pick-up.  Designated pick-up hours are Tuesday from 10 – 12 and Friday from 1 – 3. Please bring your Wright1 ID to show staff through the window.  Unfortunately, OhioLINK borrowing remains suspended.

Interlibrary Loan:  We continue to process requests for your materials available in electronic format.  We are unable to receive physical items.

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

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 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.

Library Resources and Services to Support Remote Instruction

This post is updated with new content periodically.

Below is a list of online library resources and services available to support remote instruction. If you need assistance accessing these resources or creating a proxied link to them for access in Pilot, please reach out to your subject librarian. Many of the resources below are temporarily opened from publishers; some require a user account be established.

Ask a Librarian/Ask an Archivist

Online assistance from WSU professional librarians and archivists through the Ask a Librarian and Ask an Archivist services. Hours may vary however both services will be available as long as Wright State University classes remain in session.

Return, Request, No-Contact Pick-Up of Library Materials

The University Libraries have made arrangements for item requesting in our local online catalog and no-contact pick-up. More information can be found in a separate news post.

Sources to help students do effective scholarly research

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

Research Guides: Our custom research guides curate recommended databases, website, books, and other sources to start students on their way to successful scholarly research. Guides are available for all disciplines and some specific courses. If you would like our librarians to create a customized class guide for research projects your students will be working on these new few weeks, or if you have any questions about how the library can work with you and your students, please contact your subject librarian.

Journal Collections

Electronic Book Collections

Streaming Media

  • Kanopy Streaming Videos – Kanopy is a large library of streaming videos covering a broad range of subjects in the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences, education, business, film, and theatre. It includes documentaries, classic and independent films from major distributors such as PBS, BBC, Criterion, and the Media Education Foundation. Videos that are already licensed for classroom use at WSU may be embedded in pilot courses. A list of those licensed videos is available on our Kanopy Research Guide. UPDATE ** Kanopy has opened access to the Great Courses videos and to a short list of other videos – the current list (PDF) (will be updated).
  • JoVE Educational STEM video content is available with free access through June 15, 2020. Activate Free Access from JoVE through June 15, 2020.
    JoVE Core – isolate key scientific concepts and visualize them to maximize learning comprehension.
    JoVE Science Education – teach scientific fundamentals with this video library of simple easy-to-understand video demonstrations in 8 STEM fields.
    Lab Manual – bring the lab home with comprehensive, curriculum-focused videos for introductory biology lab courses.
    No strings. This is our opportunity to give back to our education community at a time where flexibility and adaptability are crucial. All you have to do is let us know you want to get your institution set up by completing the form below or just replying to this email and we’ll take it from there.
  • Sage Research Methods Video
  • Sage Video


Bloomsbury Digital Resources:

Copyright Assistance

A not-so-secret society of copyright librarians is offering assistance for faculty/instructors and folks helping faculty/instructors transition their courses online. We are offering virtual copyright booth hours to help address questions people might have. Please consider sharing with your colleagues at other institutions, if it will be helpful, to anyone working with course materials and supporting a move to virtual instruction.