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Current Exhibit

At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions

Dec. 2, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020

The Marian Library and the gallery are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. See our online calendar for special openings and closings. 

About the Exhibit

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’

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.


Marian Library

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390