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Leisure Reading at Roesch Library

University Libraries encourages recreational reading. We connect staff, faculty and students to books to read for fun. A variety of collections are available for browsing and checkout in Roesch Library including:

Leisure Reading: first floor

Popular fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, cookbooks and young adult literature.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: second floor

Adventure, swords, wizards and aliens, as well as science fiction and fantasy.

Cameron Corner: fifth floor

A collection of mystery books assembled in memory of Alex Cameron, a University of Dayton English professor for more than 40 years and, for 24 of those years, the pronouncer for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Community Collection: ground floor

Books from programs such as Porch Reads, the Speaker Series and First-Year Reads.


Our Kindles come preloaded with more than 100 leisure reading titles. Check one out at the access services desk for four weeks. Great for travel!

If you know what you want, search for books by title, author, keyword, etc. using our online catalog. Not finding a book on your list? You can also borrow books through consortia such as OhioLINK (academic libraries) and SearchOhio (public libraries). All you need is your UD ID card! Use the OhioLINK and SearchOhio catalogs to find a book. You can request books from either of these systems, and they typically arrive within three or four business days. You will receive an email that the book is ready for pickup at the access services desk in the lobby of Roesch Library. When you're done, you bring it back to Roesch, and we send it back for you. It's all free!

Not sure what to read? Try these online sources for help:

Bestseller lists: Los Angeles Times; New York Times.

LibraryThing: Catalog your books online and join a community of book lovers.

Whichbook: Gives readers an enjoyable and intuitive way to find books to match their mood.

Goodreads: A social networking site for readers. Keep track of the books you've read and the books you want to read while connecting with friends and other readers around the world.

The Roesch Library Knowledge Hub staff is here to help if you can't find a book! Please contact us.

— Katy Kelly, communications and outreach librarian and associate professor

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