Roesch Refresh

With a vision to be “an intellectual fulcrum, opening doors, activating scholarship, inspiring creativity,” the University Libraries see the upcoming renovation of Roesch Library as much more than decorative or practical; it’s a veritable reimagining of library spaces and services ⸺ an opportunity to take a bold step toward the vision.

The project, dubbed “Roesch Refresh,” will create a flexible, dynamic learning environment that is a destination for the entire campus. During the planning stages in the spring and summer of 2017, numerous focus groups and design charrettes invited staff, faculty and students to think critically about collections, space, services and programs. The resulting design will provide varied spaces in order to effectively meet the learning needs of the more than 2,000 people who visit Roesch Library each day during the academic year.

This website will provide design and progress updates as well as instructions for accessing library services and collections during the renovation. Information is subject to change.

  • Phase 1 complete (west end of second floor).
  • October 2018: Begin Phase 2 (entire first floor, lobby and main entrance closed).
  • August 2019: Major renovations end.

Video Tour

Latest Updates

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  • Noisy construction comes to a halt Dec. 8-12 for final exams. When work resumes late Wednesday Dec.12, the upper floors will still be quiet,
  • The first floor and main entrance are closed. All services and technology are on the second floor. This includes checkouts, holds, items on reserve, computers, printers, scanners, copiers, research services, Write Place and Tech Express.
  • Enter and exit the building using the doors facing the Stewart Street Garden Apartments at the north side of the first floor (leading directly into the staircase), or the doors facing College Park Drive at the west end of the ground floor (go through the Learning Teaching Center (LTC) to use the elevators, or use the stairwell up to the second floor). See this map that shows library entrances and navigation. 
  • Additional campus study space is available. See the schedule and map for fall semester.  
  • Bound journals and periodicals that were located on the second floor are now in storage. Ask at the first-floor Access Services desk to request a volume or request it online using the catalog.
  • Current popular magazines and newspapers are in the first-floor gallery, adjacent the lobby.
  • Microfilm/microfiche collection and readers are on the first floor behind the Knowledge Hub consultation area.
  • Federal, Ohio and local government documents are in storage. Ask at the first-floor Access Services desk to request a document.

Design Process

Spring and Summer 2017

  • A group of faculty, staff and students participated in design concept workshops led by Levin-Porter Architects.
  • Other faculty, staff and students participated in focus groups led an academic library building consultant.
  • 12 UD students participating in the third annual Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) Collaboration Accelerator spent several weeks of research and creative development resulting in plans for Concourse D — a project development studio for students, faculty and university affiliates to connect, collaborate and create.

Fall 2017

  • Stakeholders were invited to test out and vote on potential furniture purchases at the furniture “petting zoo” event.
  • Dean Kathleen Webb gave a presentation about the renovation plan to the Academic Senate and the Student Government Association and engaged discussion and questions.

Thank you to our Roesch Refresh partners:

  • University of Dayton Facilities Management
  • Levin-Porter Architects
  • Pfeiffer Partners
  • Danis Building Construction
  • Library Management Consulting

Collection Rightsizing

Post-renovation, the bound journal collection will be organized by call number on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors. To make room for the journals, library faculty are using usage statistics and consulting with each academic department to identify book titles to take out of circulation to be recycled or donated. That timeline and process are outlined on a spreadsheet (login required).

More Information

University Libraries Office of the Dean

300 College Park Dr. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1360