With 23,000 books, 90,000 eBooks and six librarians who are eager to lend a helping hand, the John D. Ong Library combines books, research and teaching areas with a wide array of information resources. Plus, with 33 study carrels, 10 study rooms and 14 cozy chairs and sofas, the library is the go-to spot on campus for studying.
Library Director Holly Bunt, who’s been with WRA for 25 years, says there’s a seat here for everyone. "Whether you are the type of person who wants to curl up in a comfy chair with a book next to the fireplace, meet with a study group in a conference room or work independently at one of our roomy study carrels, there is a place for you here."
The library is also where the College Counseling and Archivist’s offices are located, and the library is often host to speakers and visitors too, like The New York Times best selling author of Ohio Stephen Markley, who spent time on campus and did a reading for students earlier this winter.
The library is a tremendous resource for students, but as far as libraries go, it is also a beautiful space to be in and a great place to take in some of WRA’s history and fun artifacts. You might notice the 27 model ships on the top floor or the 16 historical maps throughout. Plus it's impossible to miss the two gargoyles who guard the roof of the library. And thanks to the Ong family who donated the gorgeous globe sculpture that sits in front of the reference desk, all who walk through the doors are reminded of the tie between books and adventures.