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Reunite with Roesch

There’s a lot to see and do when you stop by the University Libraries Open House during University of Dayton’s Reunion Weekend:

Saturday, June 8, 2024

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Roesch Library and the Marian Library

The library is a great meetup spot. Enjoy light refreshments and comfortable seating before you start your Saturday back at UD!

Open House Highlights 

First floor

  • View Beyond the Byline: Erma Bombeck’s Story, the engaging exhibit of UD’s famous alum’s multifaceted life and legacy told through the Erma Bombeck Papers, including correspondence, notes, photographs and even her typewriter.
  • See Making an Impression, a display of student-selected rare books from the Marian Library.
  • Browse yearbooks, historical student publications, and a special display of 1974 memorabilia.
  • What’s your library story? We’ll record your memory at our alumni story video booth.
  • Former student employees of Roesch Library, the Marian Library or University Archives: We have a special keepsake for you at the welcome table.
  • Sign up for a free borrowing card: If you are an alumnus living in Ohio, you can register for one at Information Point. 
  • Pick out a button with an image from the University Archives and Special Collections: It goes great with the Reunion Weekend lanyard; don’t be seen at the Porch Party without one! 
  • Explore the renovated first and second floors and a variety of furniture and study spaces designed around student preferences. 

The Marian Library, seventh floor

  • Experience the Mary in Catholic Education exhibit and add your reflections on what Mary in Catholic education means to you. Teachers, you’ll love this!
  • Rare books are out of the vault for alumni to explore, including recent acquisitions and gifts, as well as student favorites. UD graduates from the classes of 1974 and 1984 will see books printed 500 years earlier in Europe (1474 and 1484)!
  • Read more about what you can see and do in the Marian Library.

Second floor

  • Check out the collaborative spaces for students including Concourse D; the Collab, our library classroom; and the Gathering Place, which is also our flexible event space.
  • Sit in one of the popular student study pods — either the desk and chair combo or the lounger — at either end of the Gathering Place.

Fifth floor

  • Step inside team rooms 503 and 504, two of several recently renovated, thanks to a generous gift from the Strittmatter family
  • Experience the Zen Den, a semi-enclosed geodesic dome in the northwest corner — created for an honors thesis project as a meditation and mindfulness space; it also includes a variety of stress-relieving games and activities for student well-being. 

Sixth floor

  • The nun dolls await as you step off the elevator!

The Libraries faculty and staff look forward to hosting you! 

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