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Remote Services

The Roesch Library building will reopen to current faculty, staff and students on Monday, August 10. A University of Dayton ID is required to enter the building. Hours in August will vary. Check hours online.

Our services and many of our collections are accessible online. Librarians are available through our online chat service and email during scheduled hours. You can also request an appointment with a librarian and meet via Zoom, chat or telephone. We can assist with using the online catalog, searching for e-books, accessing digital collections, or searching hundreds of databases. 

OhioLINK plans to resume print lending among participating libraries by mid-August.

Ahead of fall semester, we are investigating options to support physical distancing and safe use of library services, resources and facilities. More information is forthcoming about the changes to operations.

Online assistance services include email, text and chat:

  • Text: 937-412-0023
  • Chat: Click the red “Need Help?” button in the lower right corner during our hours of service.

For in-depth research assistance, use Book a Librarian to set up an appointment via Zoom or phone call.  

Write Place is offering remote support on any writing assignment and at any stage of the writing process. 

Also available via email:

  • Marian Library:
  • University Archives and Special Collections:
  • U.S. Catholic Special Collection:

Library liaisons are developing research guides to support online teaching. Faculty needing materials to support their online courses should contact their liaison librarian.

Additionally, the Roesch Library teaching team provides instruction and research support in ways that work best for your course. Multiple options are available, including Zoom conferencing, a forum in Isidore, relevant electronic worksheets and online research guides. Please use this form to request library instruction.

View all Curriculum Support Services

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

Library staff are retrieving requested materials for pickup between 8 a.m. and noon Fridays during the library closure. 

To place a hold on a Roesch Library item, click the "Request" button in the library catalog.

To maintain the recommended distancing at the time of pickup, push the call button near the library’s main entrance to give your name. A staff member will check the books out and bring them to the vestibule.


If you currently have Roesch library materials checked out, those items have been renewed to September 14, 2020. OhioLINK items will automatically renew seven days before the due date. Please pay attention to your courtesy notices from the library. If a book has reached its sixth renewal and you receive a NOT RENEWED message, please contact the library at to renew the item for you. If you receive a notice of a $125 replacement fee for an OhioLINK item, the fee will be removed from your account automatically when the item is returned. Once an OhioLINK item has reached a billed status, it cannot be renewed; the charge will remain on your library account until returned.


The library understands that some users are not able to return their library items at this time. While we ultimately desire to have our books and other library materials back, our primary concern is for the health of the UD community. During the pandemic, patrons will not be penalized for unreturned materials, and holds are not being placed on course registration. 

For those who are able, materials can be deposited in the library's book drop outside of the front main entrance. 

  • Please place one item at a time in the return slot; inserting multiple items at once can jam the slot and damage the materials.
  • The book return bin at the west entrance (outside the LTC) is locked. Please use the book return slot at our main entrance.

To return items by mail, the address is:

Roesch Library, Room 120

300 College Park

Dayton, OH 45469-1360

Please email with any questions regarding your library account or library borrowing, renewals and returns. 

OhioLINK and SearchOhio

Lending of OhioLINK and SearchOhio print materials has been temporarily suspended. OhioLINK plans to resume print lending among participating libraries by mid-August.

OhioLINK and SearchOhio items can still be returned in the library's book return outside the front main entrance. Items will be checked in and removed from the user's account upon receipt; they will be returned to the owning institution when OhioLINK services resume. You are not required to return items while subject to the governor’s stay-at-home orders. You will not be responsible for fees associated with unreturned items during the pandemic; if replacement fees appear on your library account, they will be automatically removed when the materials are checked in. 

If you have further questions about OhioLINK/SearchOhio materials, email

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan is a service for requesting materials that UD does not have access to through our normal service providers. Though borrowing of physical items from other libraries is temporarily suspended, library staff are able, with some limitation, to process requests for articles and other materials that can be sent digitally. Fulfilling requests may take longer than usual. Digital requests such as book chapters that, under normal circumstances, would exceed accepted copyright best practices might, subject to the discretion of library staff, be considered reasonable in extenuating circumstances such as a pandemic. However, digitization of entire copyrighted texts does not qualify as reasonable. Please refrain from making unreasonable requests, and let us please not consider just what sort of extenuating circumstance would make such a copyright violation acceptable. 

When services resume, library staff will make every effort to acquire the requested items. You can access your interlibrary loan account online. For more information on interlibrary loan, please email


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