Roesch Refresh

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.

Timeline
  • Phase 1 complete (west end of second floor).
  • October 2018: Begin Phase 2 (entire first floor, lobby and main entrance closed).
  • July 22-23, 2019: Roesch Library closed.
  • July 24, 2019: Main entrance reopens; all services and technology will be operational on the first floor.
  • August 2019: Major renovations end.

A new edition of Roesch Library

The renovation of the first two floors, dubbed "Roesch Refresh," will redesign space to create a flexible, dynamic learning environment that is a destination for the entire campus.

A new edition of Roesch Library

The renovation of the first two floors, dubbed "Roesch Refresh," will redesign space to create a flexible, dynamic learning environment that is a destination for the entire campus.

Latest Updates

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  • Roesch Library will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 22-23, 2019 while staff and faculty relocate services and work spaces to the first floor.
  • Effective Thursday, July 24 all services and technology such as checkouts, research help, computers and printers will be operational on the first floor of Roesch Library. The east entrance, facing St. Mary’s Hall, will be open.
  • Effective Tuesday, July 16 the passenger elevator and the north stairwell access to the 2nd floor is closed for approximately 2 weeks. To access the 2nd floor, please use the freight elevator or the west stairwell. 
  • 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 College Park Drive at the west end of the ground floor (use the west stairwell up to the second floor or go through the Learning Teaching Center (LTC) to use the elevators). See this map that shows library entrances and navigation. 
  • Bound journals and periodicals that were located on the second floor are now in storage. Ask at the second-floor Services desk to request a volume or request it online using the catalog.

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
CONTACT

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