University Libraries

The University Libraries uphold the mission of Wright State University by providing exceptional research services and resources to facilitate faculty and student success and by fostering innovation and life-long learning in our diverse community.

Completed in 1973 and dedicated in 1992, Dunbar Library was named for Dayton native and famed African-American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar Library is home to 942,000 print volumes, 185 public computers and seating for 1,140 library users.

The University Libraries website,, provides 24/7 access to a wide variety of information resources including electronic books and journals, research databases, media, and selected online resources. 

A few highlights of the Wright State University Libraries are:

  • Access to OhioLINK, a statewide network of shared resources, where library users can request books and other media from libraries across the state;
  • Librarians are available in person on the 2nd floor of Dunbar Library and via chat, text and email by visiting our Ask A Librarian page to assist users with finding, evaluating, and citing their research materials. Mobile users can download our Ask a Librarian app on iTunes or Google Play;
  • Library Research Guides are customized guides created by our subject librarians for all disciplines and many courses;
  • The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) is located on the second floor of Dunbar Library, includes PC and Mac computers and a variety of software, 3D printers, and green screen tools for use in the creation of multi-media projects;
  • The Group Study Room, on the first floor next to Starbucks, is the perfect place to meet friends, play a board game, study or relax between classes;
  • Quiet Study is always available on the third and fourth floors of Dunbar Library. Silent study is often available in Room 315. Check our calendar for dates and times;
  • Special Collections & Archives is located on the fourth floor, SC&A collects, preserves, and provides access to primary sources that document the history of aviation, aviation technology, the legacy of the Wright Brothers, the local and regional history of the Miami Valley, covering politics, the arts, literature, civic organizations, religion, education, government, military history, medicine, engineering, personal and family history and much more.  Contact the archives for research assistance 775-2092 or at
  • CORE Scholar, Wright State’s institutional repository, is a collection of thousands of faculty and student research papers, articles, presentations, and more.
  • Many workshops and events are available to improve library research skills and create impressive multimedia projects. Visit to register.
  • Social media – want to keep up with what’s happening with University Libraries? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @DunbarLibrary, and on our blog, the Dunbar Wire.