Wright State University's Paul Laurence Dunbar Library

Completed in 1973 and dedicated in 1992, the Wright State University Library is named for the Dayton native and famed African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Archives and Special Collections Department houses autographed first editions of Dunbar's poetry, an African American Collection, the largest collection of Wright Brothers memorabilia, early aviation history, and children's literature.

OhioLINK recently spoke with the library director, about the history of the library.

What are three things you have the most pride in at your library?

Wright State University Libraries are home to a world-renowned Wright Brothers collection, including an exact replica of the 1903 Flyer that hangs in Dunbar Library’s atrium. We’re very proud of our public service teams (including Reference and Instruction, Information Delivery Services and Interlibrary Loan departments) for quickly connecting students, faculty and staff to the information they need. We’re also proud of our teams behind the scenes, including Technical Services, Library Computing Services and Digital Services, who manage our institutional repository, CORE Scholar.

What’s the most popular spot in your library for students and patrons?

The two most popular gathering places in our library are our Starbucks and Group Study Room, where students can enjoy a cup of coffee as they take a break, study or play a board game with friends, and the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC), where students get help creating digital projects like movies and podcasts.

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

We are a charter member of OhioLINK and have enjoyed its many benefits since 1992.

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