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Dayton Metro Library Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have WIFI?

Yes we do. All locations have free WIFI.

How do I reserve a meeting room?

Meeting rooms are free to eligible non-profit organizations. To see a complete list of libraries with meeting rooms and policies, click here. After you have read the Meeting Room Policy, you can reserve a room by calling or visiting the library you wish to use. Please be prepared to give the dates and times you need a room, with a few options on dates in case the room is unavailable. Also, you will need to give the number of people expected to attend and a contact name and phone number. If there are any questions about your groups non-profit status, you may be asked to furnish proof.

Booking ahead gives you the chance to reserve your preferred time.

How do I get a library card and how old do I need to be?

Any resident of the state of Ohio can receive a Dayton Metro Library card for free. A non-Ohio resident can receive a card for $25 a year. You can apply for a library card in person. When applying in person, please show valid photo identification, such as a driver's license, a state issued identification card, a current student card, or an armed forces identification card. If your id does not have your current address, please bring verification of address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. You must bring the card in with identification for account verification before checking out library materials.

There is no minimum age requirement to have a library card. A parent or legal guardian must sign the card application for anyone under the age of 18. A parent or legal guardian must sign the card application for anyone under the age of 18.

All new library card users will have a ten item limit for the first eight weeks of membership.

Special cards are also available for teachers, businesses and organizations. Please ask at the library for details.

Can I return my materials to any library location?

Yes, you can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which library you checked them out from originally.

Do you have tax forms? Can you help me with my taxes?

From January to April each year, we have printed copies of the basic federal and state forms. Other forms are available on the Internet.

Sorry, librarians are experts on finding information but not doing taxes. We can help you find books and Internet sites on taxes but cannot provide any tax assistance or advice.

How do I download audio books, music and movies?

The world of free digital media is available at the library and it is easy to use. Just click on the downloads button on our home page. You will see a wide selection of titles. For complete, easy instructions, just click on the help tab. You can be listening to your new audio book in minutes!

How do I find a branch library near me?

Click here for a list of locations and addresses. You can also get driving directions to each location.

How do I renew my library materials?

You can renew on-line by going to My Account and entering your library card number on PIN (personal identification number). If you don't have a PIN, please stop by any library and choose your four digit number.

You can renew over the phone by calling your local branch library or 463-BOOK (2663). Please have your library card number with you when you call. You can also renew in person at any library.

Most items can be renewed up to five times unless someone has requested that title. Some newer items cannot be renewed.

How much are library fines?

Overdue fines are 10 cents per day per item for adult books, movies and CDs. There are no overdue fines for children's books. The maximum overdue fine for any item is $5. If your fines are $10 or more, you will not be allowed to check out anything else until you have paid some or all of the fines. Items checked out and not returned are charged the replacement cost of the item.

Do you have fax machines?

Sorry, we do not have any available for the public.

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