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COVID-19 Response

Roesch Library entrances are card-access only; University of Dayton students, faculty and staff must use UD ID to enter the building. Please check library hours before visiting; they are subject to change.

The following COVID-19 policy updates are in response to noncompliant behaviors observed and addressed repeatedly in the fall semester:

  • No food or eating is allowed in the open study areas of the building; drinks are permitted. Food is only allowed in the reservable individual study rooms with the door closed. 
  • All group study rooms are closed until further notice. 

This website provides information about what you can expect when you visit the library, including our service adaptations and how you can help us ensure your library visit and those of others are positive experiences.

We are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our campus community, and we welcome your questions and suggestions at

  • Facial coverings are required at all times within the building, following University guidelines, except when an individual is alone in a library room with the door closed
  • Elevators are single-occupancy. Keep to the right in stairwells and hallways.
  • Tables are limited to one person unless otherwise labeled. Group study rooms are closed. Individual study room reservations are online. 
  • Groups working or studying together must wear facial coverings, and everyone must comply with the University’s physical distancing requirements. Watch your wingspan!
  • Library furniture, service desks, print/copy/scan machines and a reduced number of desktop computers have been rearranged to help maintain physical distancing. Please leave furniture as you found it. 
  • Wash your hands before and after browsing; use the hand sanitizers as needed (dispensers are in various locations in the building); and use the library-supplied disinfecting supplies to clean surfaces before using.
  • After browsing, place unwanted items in the labeled bins to be quarantined. 

If individuals or groups do not comply with these guidelines, they will be asked to leave. 

If Libraries faculty and staff observe a general disregard for guidelines, it may be necessary to reinstate access restrictions, reduce hours or take other actions to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Reserve a Room

  • Visit our Get Help website to contact us remotely with your questions.
  • Research help is available by appointment via Book a Librarian or on immediate request during research consultation hours; all consultations will take place via Zoom or phone. 
  • The library’s sixth floor, including its reservable rooms, is designated a silent study area; other floors are better suited for online classes or talking.

Get Help

The Libraries’ website and research guides provide online access to materials, including e-books, journal articles, primary sources and more to all members of the UD community.

You will be prompted to log in with your Porches username and password to access subscription-based resources. Please email for assistance. 

Publishers and vendors are providing free access to many online resources temporarily. See the COVID-19 educational resources and offers research guide.

View Online Library Collections

The teaching librarians at the University Libraries are prepared to provide your students with essential research skills, whether your class meets in person, online or in hybrid format. Multiple options are available, including classroom teaching, Zoom conferencing, a forum in Isidore, relevant electronic worksheets and online research guides. Please use this form to request library instruction.

Faculty needing materials to support their courses should contact their liaison librarian.

View all Curriculum Support Services