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Due to the holidays, all Dayton Metro Library locations will be closed on: Sun. Dec. 21, Wed. Dec. 24, Thur. Dec. 25, Sun. Dec.28, Wed. Dec. 31 and Thur. January 1st.

Library Services & Borrowing Materials

The Dayton Metro Library is proud to offer a wide variety of services to the residents of Montgomery County and the state of Ohio. From traditional library services, such as library card applications and interlibrary loans, to some of the more unique services such as voter registration and meeting room reservations, the library strives to offer services that support our mission to "...inform, inspire and enrich our community by linking individuals to information needed for personal success..."

We also recognize the need to grow and adjust as technology and economic pressures create new challenges for library patrons. We are constantly striving to meet those needs while keeping the cost at the same low price it has been for decades...FREE! The library's new open computer lab at Main and our early literacy programs are just two of the ways we are working to meet your needs.

If you don't find a service you are interested in listed, please call 463-BOOK (2665) and speak with one of our library staff members. We may offer something that can fit your needs or you may provide us with a valuable insight into an underserved need in our area.

Borrowing Materials

Library Cards & Privileges

    • How to get a card at the library
      All applicants for a library card must apply in person and show proper identification, such as a current driver's license, a state-issued identification card, a current student identification card, or an armed forces identifcation card. New library cards will be mailed to the address provided by the patron.
    • Lost or Stolen Cards
      If your card is lost or stolen, call the Circulation Department immediately at 496-8905.
    • Inter-Library Loan
      Interlibrary Loan allows you to obtain items not owned by DML from other libraries around the country. You are allowed 8 requests in process at one time. The service takes 2-3 weeks, and with the exception of microfilm, most items can be sent to the branch of your choice for pick-up. Read the complete Inter-Library Loan Policy.
    • Homebound Service
      Is it hard for you or someone you know to get to the library? We can deliver books, movies and music to your home free of charge! Dayton Metro Library provides this service to adults who have difficulty getting out. Tell us what you would like, and we'll bring it to you. Whether you need us for a few weeks or indefinitely, Homebound Delivery will be there.

    • Online Accounts
      Using the My Account feature, you are able to view what items you have checked out, what titles you have reserved and what fines you owe the library. To access your account, you need your library card number and a Personal Identification Number(PIN). Library cards and PINs are available at any library location. Card numbers and PINs cannot be issued online.

Common Questions

    • Book Donations

      Does the library accept book donations?

      Yes, we accept donations at our Main Library in downtown Dayton. Donations are accepted from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the delivery/garage area off of Patterson Street. Donations will either be added to the collection or put into our Friends of the Library booksale.
      • For other suggested locations that will accept donations, click here.
    • Returning Materials

      Can I return items that I borrowed from one library to a different library?

      Sure! Be sure that both libraries are part of the Dayton Metro Library System. If you're not sure, call 463-BOOK (2665) for assistance.

I returned something that belongs to a different library system. Who do I call?

      The items are sent to the Main Library; from there, are then shipped or mailed back to the owning library. Feel free to call 463-BOOK (2665) for more information.
    • Library Booksales

      I heard that the library has huge booksales. When? Where?

      The library normally has two booksales per year (and are definitely huge!). For dates and times, call the Community Relations Department at 496-8901.


  ILL Policy

  • What is Interlibrary Loan?
    Interlibrary loan allows patrons to obtain items not owned by the Dayton Metro Library (DML) from other libraries around the country. Patrons are limited to 8 requests at a time, with an average delivery time of 2 to 3 weeks. With a few exceptions, most items can be sent to a local library branch for pick-up.
  • Who can use Interlibrary Loan?
    Patrons with an active DML card and less than $10.00 in fines are eligible for ILL services.
  • What items can I request?
    You can request books, photocopies of magazine and newspaper articles, and census and genealogical microfilm. You cannot request audiovisual material (i.e. videos, records, CDs, slides), manuscript collections, hard copy issues of magazines or newspapers, computer software, or items that DML owns or has on order.
  • How much does this service cost?
    That depends. We have a service charge of $.50 cents per item. DMCPL tries to borrow from libraries that do not charge us. We can usually obtain books for free, but most libraries charge between $5-$10 for photocopy requests. You are responsible for all charges levied by the lending library. You pay for your items when you pick them up.
  • How do I place a request?
    You can place a request in person at any DML location, or you can call 937-496-8910. We also accept mail and fax requests (937-496-4304). Be sure to give us your name, address, library card number, phone number, detailed information about the item(s) you are requesting, and the dollar amount you would be willing to pay for your item(s). If your item must be paid for in advance (as with genealogy microfilm), please come to the Main Library to place your request.
  • How long can I keep the material?
    All items will be checked out for 21 days and are eligible for one renewal subject to the approval of the lending library. Most libraries that lend mircrofilm and rare or old books request that you view items in the library only; you may not take them home. Photocopies are yours to keep. You may return your items to any branch.
  • Can I renew?
    Interlibrary loan items are eligible for one renewal subject to the approval of the lending library.
    What if I'm late returning an item, or it is lost or stolen?
    Our late fines are $.10 per day per item with a maximum of $5.00 per item. Contact us immediately if your material is lost or stolen. You are financially responsible for lost or stolen items, including items lost in the mail. We will contact the lending library, and they will notify us of the cost of replacing the item.



Public Resources

  • Copy Machines
    All libraries have copy machines available. Copies are 15 cents per page.
  • Computers
    There are computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office Products (including Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel) available at all Dayton Metro Libraries. You may print from any computer for 10 cents per page for b&w prints and 25 cents per page for color prints. Documents on a disk may also be printed from library computers.
  • Lost and Found
    I lost/left something at the library. Did anyone find it?
    For items at branch locations, please call 937.463.2665. If you left a disk in a computer at the Main library, please call 463-2665 and ask for ext. 6500. For other items at the Main library, please call the Circulation Department at 496-8905.
  • Mailing Lists

    I saw a flyer at a friend's house that came through the mail? How do I join?

    The library would be happy to add you to our mailing list. Either call the Community Relations Dept. (496-8901) or mail us your address (215 E. Third St., Dayton, 45402).

    I need to change my address or remove myself from the list.

    Again, call the Community Relations Dept. (496-8901) or mail us your address (215 E. Third St., Dayton, 45402)



  Additional Services

  • Voter Registration
    You can register to vote at any of our library locations. If you need more information about the requirements or deadlines, contact the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at 225-5656.
  • Golden Buckeye Cards
    Golden Buckeye Applications are available at all Dayton Metro Library locations. Cards are free and available to Seniors age 60 and over or those with administration approved disabilities.
  • Income Tax Forms
    Income Tax Forms are available in season (normally January through April) at all Dayton Metro Libraries. The library carries Federal and State Tax Forms. City of Dayton tax forms will need to be copied in the library. Copies are 15 cents each. We suggest you call ahead to make sure that the library carries the form that you need.
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