“Roesch Refresh”: UD Libraries Announces Library Renovation Information

Liz Kyle
News Editor

UD Libraries’ vision of upholding “an intellectual fulcrum, opening doors, activating scholarship inspiring creativity,” will be implemented through the upcoming Roesch Library renovation.

On Feb. 2, the University of Dayton Board of Trustees approved renovation plans for the first and second floors of the library. The project’s design process began in Spring 2017.

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During these planning stages, focus groups were conducted with staff, faculty and students to think critically about the future of the collections, space, services and programs.

Their design will help accommodate the learning needs efficiently for the more than 2,000 people who visit the library each year.

The renovation process will be conducted within two stages. Currently in phase one, that began in January, the west end of the second floor has been closed.

For the duration of phase two, set to begin in Oct. 2018, the entire first floor and lobby will be closed.

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The major renovations are expected to be completed in Aug. 2019.

The latest updates include:

  • Bound journals and periodicals that were previously located on the second floor have been moved to storage.
  • Current popular magazines and newspapers have been moved to the first-floor gallery.
  • The microfilm/microfiche collection and readers are now located on the first floor behind the Knowledge Hub and Federal.
  • Ohio and local government documents are also in storage.

The library and its services will remain open during reconstruction. For more information, follow @roeschlibrary on social media and visit udayton.edu/libraries.

Photo Taken By Roberto De la Rosa-Finch