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Library Spaces

Libraries aren't just for quiet research and study. Roesch Library has spaces for academic programs, cultural events, art exhibits, media production, creative expression and dialogue.

  • Collab: This classroom and event space (Room 240) contains collapsible round tables and seating. To book a library instruction, fill out the online form. To book the space for use after 4:30 p.m., contact Diane Osman.
  • Concourse D: This project development studio on the second-floor mezzanine is for students, faculty and university affiliates to connect, collaborate and create. 
  • Dialogue Zone: This innovative meeting space in the center of the first floor is designed to facilitate civil, productive discourse on sensitive or challenging issues. To make a request to reserve the space, submit an inquiry. For more information, contact the Dialogue Zone coordinator.
  • Stuart and Mimi Rose Gallery: This exhibit space is just inside the main entrance. Call 937-229-4094 for more information or see the events and exhibits website.
  • Gathering Place: This flexible space in the south section of the second floor has audio-visual capabilities for lectures, receptions and other events for large groups. Contact the dean’s office at 937-229-4094 for more information.
  • Hello Desk: Stop by this desk in the lobby to check out reserved books or to ask for directions.
  • Information Point: At this desk in the center of the first floor, patrons can ask for assistance. Hours are available on the Libraries website.
  • Lactation space: For card access to this private space in the center of the first floor, see the Women’s Center website or visit Information Point.
  • Scholars’ Commons:  Faculty and doctoral students can use this card-accessible space (Room 245) for collegial interaction, independent learning, collaboration, professional development, and private reading and writing. It’s open during regular library hours, and reservations are not needed; the space also can be reserved on occasion for small scholarly or professional assemblies. Email the Scholars’ Commons coordinator.
  • Story Studio: This multimedia studio between Concourse D and the north stairwell on the second floor provides technology for recording and editing audio and video content. 
  • Refuel Zone: On the first floor near the west stairwell, vending machines are available with snacks, beverages and school supplies. The space also has a microwave oven and a sink.
  • Study spaces: Roesch Library has study spaces of varying sizes and sound levels. Study rooms, huddle rooms and team rooms can be reserved online. 
  • Zen DenThis semi-enclosed geodesic dome in the northwest corner of the fifth floor — created for an honors thesis project in 2018 — uses colored light and reflective panels to create a meditation and mindfulness space; it includes a variety of stress-relieving games and activities for student well-being.