Category: Services

The Educational Resource Center Relocates to Dunbar Library

When the Dunbar Library reopens this fall it will have 19,000 new and unique items added to the collection, all from the Charles & Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center (ERC).  The ERC, formerly maintained by the College of Education and Human Services, has now become a featured collection within the University Libraries.

bookshelves in Dunbar Library
ERC collection in Dunbar Library

Relocating to Dunbar Library provides the following opportunities for the ERC:

  • 7-Day service for the entire collection and media lab
  • Longer daily hours and extended finals week hours
  • A dedicated room in the Dunbar Library (210) for the collection and media lab services
  • Longer loan periods for print and non-print items (print now 112 days, non-print now 14 days)
  • Greater accessibility for a wider-range of users
  • Display cases to feature the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center artwork
  • Ask a Librarian service
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Library staff moving the collection

University Libraries staff teamed up with Facilities Services to move the collection from 116 Allyn Hall to 210 Dunbar Library during the months of July and August.  After an extensive inventory, and over 250 trips through the tunnels, the move was complete in approximately 5 weeks.

tables of non-print materials
Temporary holding place for ERC items

Media Lab equipment, furniture, and computers were also relocated to Dunbar and the ERC webpages will be integrated into the University Libraries website. More information will be shared through social media about how and where to access the Media Lab equipment and services.  Future plans include integrating the University Libraries’ Children’s Literature collection into the ERC collection and expanded programming and outreach.

Next time you are in the Dunbar Library, visit the new Charles & Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center on the 2nd floor.

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.