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 Special Collections and Archives houses autographed first editions of Dunbar's poetry, an African American Collection, and the Wright Brothers Collection, the largest and one of the most complete collections of Wright materials in the world.

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

What are your top three points of pride in your library?

  1. Firstly, 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.
  2. Secondly, we’re very proud of our staff for quickly connecting students, faculty and staff to the information they need and providing an outstanding level of service.
  3. Finally, we are also proud of our physical space in the Dunbar Library. Renovations and the addition of private study rooms and collaborative areas have made the library a much more appealing place to study.

What is the most popular spot in your library for patrons?

Students love to study in our 2nd floor atrium. Three stories of windows provide natural light for studying and allow a view of the campus woods where students can watch the seasons change through the trees. New carpet and furniture were installed in this area in 2019, thanks to state capital funds, making the area even more appealing to students and patrons

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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