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Frequently Asked Questions

This is the place to find the answers to your questions. Interested in how you can register to vote or make copies at your Library? Looking for details on reserving a tutor room, hanging a poster or getting a Library Card? It's all here!

Do you have WIFI?

Yes we do. All locations have free WIFI.

How do I reserve a community meeting room?

Meeting rooms are free to eligible non-profit organizations. After you have read the Meeting Room Policy, you can reserve a room by calling 937.463.2665 (BOOK). 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 group’s 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. Special Library Cards are available for children participating in our Summer Reading Club.

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

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 Overdive icon on our home page, look on the left side of the homepage under 'Fast Finds'. 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?

Location is listed at the top of the page. You can use the map to find a branch near you or use the sorting tools under the map to see further details. 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 (link is located in the upper right corner of the page) and entering your Library Card number and PIN (personal identification number). If you don't have a PIN, please stop by any Branch and choose your four digit number. Once logged in, click on 'Items Out' on the right hand side of the page.

You can renew over the phone by calling your local branch library or 937.463.2663 (BOOK). 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.

Records Request, Retention and Disposition Policy

It is the policy of the Dayton Metro Library to adhere to Ohio’s Public Records Act. The Dayton Metro Library will prepare for prompt inspection of its public records in response to requests. Upon request, the Dayton Metro Library will provide copies of public records within a reasonable time period. It is also the policy of the Dayton Metro Library to establish procedures and schedules for the review and disposal of public records.

Regulations

    1. In accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 149.351 and applicable judicial decisions, records are defined as any item that (i) contains information stored on a fixed medium (such as paper, electronic–including but not limited to email–and other formats); (ii) is created or received by, or sent under the jurisdiction of a public office and (iii) documents the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations or other activities of the office.
    2. Public records are open to the public unless they are specifically exempt from disclosure under Ohio Revised Code Section 149.432 covering library patron records, under Ohio Revised Code Section 149.433 covering security and infrastructure records, or other records explicitly exempt in Ohio Revised Code Section 149.43.
    3. A records commission will administer proper retention and disposition of public records under provision pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Sections 121.22 and 149.411.

Procedures

Record Requests

    1. An individual making a public record request is under no obligation to put the request in writing and does not have to provide his or her identity or the intended use of the requested public record.
    2. No specific language is required to make a request. However, the requester must identify the records requested with sufficient clarity to allow the Library to identify, retrieve, and review the records.
    3. If it is not clear what records are being sought, the Library may request clarification. Library staff should assist the requester in revising the request by informing the requester of the manner in which the Library keeps its records.

Record Availability

    1. As required by Ohio law public records will be organized and maintained so that they are readily available for inspection and copying.
    2. Public records responsive to a request will be promptly prepared and made available for inspection to any person at reasonable times during regular business hours. Copies of public records will be made available within a reasonable period of time. "Prompt" and "reasonable" take into account the volume of records requested; the proximity of the location where the records are stored; the necessity for any legal review of the records requested and the effort required to redact confidential information.
    3. If a request is deemed significantly beyond "routine," such as seeking a voluminous number of copies, requiring extensive research, or requiring redaction of confidential information, a good faith effort will be made to provide the requester with the following:
      • An estimated number of business days it will take to satisfy the request.
      • An estimated cost if copies are requested.
      • Any items within the request that may be exempt from disclosure.

Denials/Redactions

    1. Any denial of a public record request will include an explanation, including legal authority.
    2. If portions of the requested record are public and portions are exempt, the exempt portions will be redacted and the rest released. When portions of the requested public record are redacted, each redaction will be made plainly visible.

Email

Records in private email accounts used to conduct public business are subject to disclosure and all employees or representatives of the Library are instructed to retain emails that relate to public business.

Costs for Public Records

    1. Copies of requested public records will be made available at cost.
    2. Payment for copied records is due upon delivery.
    3. When public records are mailed, the requester will be charged the actual cost of the postage and mailing supplies. The Library may choose to defer action to prepare copies of documents for record requests if the requester has repeatedly failed to collect copies created as a result of prior public requests or to pay for those requested copies.

Requests for records may be made during regular business hours to:

Dayton Metro Library
Attn: Timothy Kambitsch, Executive Director
215 E. Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

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