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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.

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.

Rules of Conduct

Welcome to the Dayton Metro Library.  The library is supported by taxes of the people of Montgomery County who expect our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe.  To this end the library has established these Rules of Conduct to protect the rights and safety of library patrons, volunteers, staff, and for preserving and protecting the library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds. The Dayton Metro Library participates in local law enforcement trespass programs.

The following behaviors and actions are examples of conduct not allowed on Library property:

Conduct which disturbs others or interferes with any person’s comfort or safety

  • Be disruptive, disorderly, use profanity, verbally or physically threaten or harass patrons or staff
  • Use cell phones or play audio equipment in a loud or disturbing manner
  • Run or walk in a manner that disturbs others
  • View sexually explicit images on the Internet or violate the Library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy
  • Sleep
  • Panhandle or solicit for sales or charity
  • Petition or distribute non-library approved materials
  • Congregating on library premises in a manner which obstructs access or interferes with use of library facilities or services or where such activity may result in an unsafe or intimidating environment.

Conduct towards library property and facilities

  • Steal, destroy, deface or abuse library facilities or property
  • Eat or drink, except in approved areas
  • Fail to dispose of trash in proper receptacles

Conduct relating to personal property

  • Leave packages, backpacks, luggage, or any other personal item unattended
  • Enter library buildings with backpacks or luggage which measure more than 18”W x 18”H x 24”D

Conduct which violates local, state, and federal statutes

  • Possess anything that is unsafe, including firearms or other weapons
  • Smoke or use tobacco products inside the building, in outdoor library gardens and reading areas or within twenty five feet of an entrance or operable window
  • Be under the influence, consume, or possess alcohol or illegal substances
  • Violate any local ordinance or state or federal statute

Conduct relating to health and hygiene

  • Show signs of offensive hygiene issues, including body odor
  • Bathe or clean personal items
  • Enter library premises without shirt or shoes
  • Bring into the library pets or animals other than certified service animals necessary for those with disabilities

Conduct relating to children

  • Leave children eight years and under unattended
  • Use of areas designated for youth by adults without legitimate need to use resources in those areas
  • Attempt to solicit interaction with any minor by adults

The library reserves the right to restrict the use of its facilities and premises to persons who do not abide by the library’s Rules of Conduct.  Library personnel may ask persons who are exhibiting inappropriate behavior to modify their behavior.  Failure to comply with a reasonable staff request may result in an individual being required to leave library premises.  Repeated and blatant disregard of the library’s Rules of Conduct may result in banishment from library facilities or arrest and prosecution.   

Approved by the Board of Trustees December 19, 2012

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