At the Manger

Since 1995, the University of Dayton’s Marian Library has presented a selection of its expansive collection of 3,500 Nativity scenes from more than 100 countries, celebrating how people around the world ponder and picture the birth of Christ through many different cultural lenses. Join us during the 2019 Advent and Christmas seasons as we showcase the dedicated and inspiring volunteers of the Marian Library's crèche workshop.

‘A Labor of Love’

December 2, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Roesch Library first-floor gallery and Marian Library, seventh floor
Free and open to the public

Each year, At the Manger is the product of approximately 6,000 hours of faithful service by dozens of volunteer craftspersons, carpenters and docents. The 2019-20 exhibit gives tribute to these volunteers who, together, curated it from their favorite settings.

Plan Your Visit

To take in the full exhibit, which begins in the first-floor gallery of Roesch Library and moves to Marian Library on the seventh floor, please plan your visit during these open hours.

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays, Dec. 2–Jan. 10
1–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7–8
1–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14–15
1–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21–22
1–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11–12
(Closed Dec. 6, Dec. 24–Jan. 1, Jan. 4–5)

Free scheduled tours are available for groups of six to 30 people. One or more docents will guide your group through the exhibit, offer insight and answer questions. To request a group tour, contact 937-229-4214 or Donations are appreciated.

Request a Group Tour

If you are visiting Monday through Friday, a parking pass is required. For a free parking pass, drive through the main campus entrance on Stewart Street just east of Brown Street and follow the signs to visitor parking. Stop at the visitor center, and an attendant will issue a parking pass.

On weekends, visitors may park without a pass in any single-letter lot; B Lot is closest to the entrance of Roesch Library.

map showing the parking options near Roesch Library


Marian Library

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390