Reunite with Roesch

By Katy Kelly

This Reunion Weekend, Roesch Library welcomes alumni back! After a full exterior renovation in 2013 and the transformation of the first-floor reference room into a modern research and writing commons in 2014, the Library has never looked better. Come for a visit and get a sense of the current student experience. Here’s a checklist of things to do at the library when you’re here:

1. Ride the elevators. Refurbished in 2012, they are sure to replace any unpleasant memories of glacier-like speed and occasional breakdowns. When the doors close, check out our acclaimed promotional signage in the style of the New York City subway system, designating the different noise levels and study areas of the library.

2. Explore the first floor. The conversion of many reference materials and government documents to electronic formats made it possible to re-imagine this busy space into the Knowledge Hub, a technology-rich service center providing group study spaces, expert research assistance and peer writing support. As a designated noisy floor, it’s one of the most popular spaces on campus for team projects.

3. Sign up for a free library borrowing card. Alumni living in Ohio are eligible for a free borrowing card, providing access to all of Roesch Library’s print materials and millions of other items from libraries across the state. Inquire at the Access Services desk in our lobby.

4. Make a pilgrimage to see the nun dolls on the sixth floor. Part of the U.S. Catholic Special Collection, this assembly highlights the full habits of dozens of women’s religious orders worldwide. In recent years, the nun dolls have gained a formidable following on social media for their surprise appearances in unexpected places.

5. See the chapel windows, reimagined. “Living Glass: Sustaining Memory Through Light,” now on display in the first-floor gallery, features new works of art by students and faculty using art glass from the old windows of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. These windows hold memories for many, from mourning to worship to happiness and celebration. The exhibit gives the opportunity to experience the chapel’s windows in a new and meaningful way.

6. Visit the Marian Library. The largest collection of materials on the Virgin Mary will be open. The current exhibit, “The Life of Mary in Image and Word,” features works by several artists in a variety of media from calligraphy to online.

Don’t miss the Libraries Open House during Reunion Weekend, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Stop by for refreshments and check these items off your list!

Library hours during Reunion Weekend:

Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: Noon – 6 p.m. (Libraries Open House is Noon - 4 p.m.)

Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.

- Katy Kelly, communications and outreach librarian

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