50th Anniversary Support

Wright State University will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year in 2017. From its beginnings as a branch campus of Ohio State University and Miami University, Wright State has grown to encompass all of the Dayton and Lake Campuses as you see them today. For 44 of those 50 years, the library, constructed in 1973 and dedicated as Paul Laurence Dunbar Library in 1992, has served the information needs of the students, faculty and staff of Wright State University. With so much to celebrate, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the University Libraries’ staff who are supporting the anniversary planning efforts:

Follow the Special Collections & Archives’ Out of the Box blog for updates and more Wright State history throughout the year.

Above: Wright State students demonstrate in the 1960s. Check out more Wright State historic photos in our gallery in CORE Scholar. Explore more University Archives materials in CORE Scholar.

Visit the 50th Anniversary website for more info about campus-wide efforts. The official anniversary date, 10/1/17, coincides with homecoming weekend. There will be special events, activities and reunions throughout homecoming weekend, including an “all class reunion” keynote. Sign up for email updates to learn about events throughout the year.

Are you student, faculty or staff member, alumnus or has Wright State touched you in some way? Share your story! Visit the Stories page and get inspired.

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New Small Group Study Room

Small Group Study Room 215,
2nd Floor, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Now taking reservations!

In 2015, the University Libraries conducted a survey to determine students’ needs in the Dunbar Library. One of the clearest findings was that group study rooms are needed, with 98% of Wright State University students responding that they wanted group study rooms.

In response to that feedback, the University Libraries is happy to announce the addition of the Small Group Study Room in the Dunbar Library, room 215.  The Small Group Study Room can be booked for a two-hour period by current Wright State University students.  The room contains a whiteboard and a 47 inch monitor with cables and adapters available for all common laptop video output connections.

Students may book the room at the Information Desk or by calling 937-775-2925.  More information about this new room can be found on our website.

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Harry Potter and the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library

It’s hard to believe, but 2017 marks 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone was released!

We started our celebration this fall semester with the Harry Potter Fall House Cup Challenge, where young wizards (and muggles) could answer trivia questions to receive points for their houses.

We’re proud to announce that the Fall winners of the House Cup Challenge were the Hufflepuffs! It was a very close match, with Slytherin only 0.5 points behind.

This semester we’ve revamped the bulletin board on the 2nd floor of Dunbar Library, across from room 228. We will alternate puzzles every two weeks – both word search and crosswords.

You can start earning points for your house beginning Monday, January 16th.

 May the best house win!

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Scarf Frenzy is Back!

Many students come to Wright State from warmer climates, including overseas, and are unprepared for harsh Ohio winters. The Wright State Service Knitting and Crochet Circle, the Women’s Center and University Libraries would like to invite Wright State students to stop by the Dunbar Library 2nd floor atrium on January 27th and pick up a free scarf, hat or other warm winter accessory (many hand-made by the Service Knitting and Crochet Circle) while supplies last. Last year we provided over 100 items in less than 15 minutes, and we’re hoping to give away even more this year. We ask that students take only what they need.

If any Wright State staff, faculty or surrounding community members would like to donate items for this event, please contact Cindy Vanzant cindy.vanzant@wright.edu. Thank you for your support!

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