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Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy to resume Library services you’ve missed during the past year!

Read our Phased Restoration of Library Services Plan here

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.

My Library card is expiring, how do I renew it?

You have three options:

  • You can renew in person by visiting any Dayton Metro Library location.
  • You can renew by calling the Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.
  • You can email the Ask Me Line staff using our online form.
How should I renew and return Library materials?


You can return items to any Dayton Metro Library, regardless of which Library you checked them out from originally. Items can be returned (24/7) directly to book drops and to our automated material check in windows depending on the locations you use.


We renew most items for you. Items you have checked out from the Library will automatically be renewed up to five times. This means you don't have to access your account or call the Library when you want to renew. It also means you won't have overdue fines when you forget or don't have time to renew the items yourself.

Two days prior to the due date, your items will automatically be renewed if no one else has requested them. If we have your email address, you'll get a message letting you know which items are due in two days, and which have been renewed, along with a list of any other materials you currently have checked out.

Most items can be renewed up to five times if there are no outstanding requests. Some items, including Fast Reads and Check Me Out, do not allow five renewals. Materials checked out on classroom cards do not have automatic renewal.

I forgot my Library Card Number, or my PIN.

If you have misplaced or forgotten your Library Card number or PIN, we can help. Please call our Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665, Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. Or, send us an email with your specific questions here.

How do I use Curbside Service?
  1. Reserve the items you want to borrow using our online catalog, or call the Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665 to request materials.
  2. Wait for a text message, email or phone call letting you know when your items are ready for pickup.
  3. Call 937.463.2665 to arrange for pickup at the Library of your choice or you can use the DML App to alert staff you are on your way (learn more). Curbside hours at all locations are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm.
  4. When you arrive, your bagged materials will be placed directly into your vehicle trunk, or you can pick up your marked bag at the Library entrance.

TIP: Download the DML App to your phone or device for faster, more convenient Curbside Pickup.

Learn more here about Curbside Service and the Library app here.

What are eCards? How do I get one?

eCards give you instant access to databases and digital borrowing without the need to visit one of our locations.

  • download or stream ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines
  • access newspaper archives, genealogy resources, and scholarly journals
  • get ahead with online learning tools

Physical materials at our library locations cannot be checked out with an eCard. However, eCards can be upgraded to a standard library card by showing valid photo ID and proof of address when you visit any of our libraries. You can signup for an eCard here. Need help please watch our video

f you find you already have a Library Card number but do not remember your Library Card number or PIN, you can call our Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665 for help.

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 much are Library fines?

Effective January 1, 2018, there are no overdue fines for Dayton Metro Library materials.

Items checked out and not returned within 21 days past the due date are considered lost and the borrower will be charged the replacement cost of the item.

If the item is not returned within 35 days past the due date, the account is turned over to collections and an additional $10 fee is assessed to the borrower.

If a library card account has $10 or more in charges, the account holder will be blocked from checkout until sufficient payment is made.

Click here to learn more.

Do you have WIFI, printers, and fax machines?

All locations have free WIFI.

Most locations have printers as well as copiers with fax and scanner. To see if a location near you has what you need check out our location amenities.

What is SearchOhio and OhioLINK?

If Dayton Metro Library does not have the item you are looking for you can now tap into hundreds of public libraries to find items using SearchOhio or at university libraries using OhioLink. Request online for free delivery directly to your local Library. All you need is your Library card. You can easily access SearchOhio through our catalog. Anytime you conduct a search that returns no items in our catalog, you are then given the option to check for the item in SearchOhio.

SearchOhio Borrowing Guidelines

  • How fast do these materials arrive?
    • Delivery of items usually take less than 2 weeks.

  • How long is the loan period?
    • Most books and audio are loaned for 21 days while movies are on loan for 7 days. Exact dates for return will be on our checkout receipt and can be found under ‘My Account’ online.

  • How long will you hold a delivered item for me?
    • Items need to picked up from your requested Dayton Metro Library location within 10 days of your hold notice.

  • Can I renew items?
    • SearchOhio items may be renewed up to 3 times.
    • OhioLINK books can be renewed up tot 6 times, while media (DVDs + CDs) can be renewed just 3 times.

  • What if an item is lost?
    • The fee to replace a SearchOhio lost item is $25.
    • Due to the higher cost of academic library items, lost OhioLINK items cost $110 to replace.
What rooms are available for meetings/events?

As of June 2, 2021 our small Meeting Rooms (Tutor Rooms, Quads, Group Study Rooms and Conference Rooms) have reopened for public reservations.

One June 21, 2021 the Main's Green Screen Room and Editing Suites will reopen along with Branch Library AV/Labs and Carts.

One July 19, 2021 Community Rooms will once again be available during open hours with after hours access resuming August 16, 2021

Reservations can be made by calling our Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

Collection Development Policy


"The Dayton Metro Library connects our community to the broadest range of information and thought. We are the marketplace of the mind." (From the Library's Mission Statement, Appendix A)

To meet this service responsibility, the Board establishes a Collection Development Policy. This document defines a policy to guide library staff in the selection of materials. It also serves as a means to inform the public of the philosophy of selection and establishes a framework for continuous collection evaluation and improvement.

In addition to the Main Library, the Dayton Metro Library is served by twenty branch locations as part of an integrated system. The library system is a unified collection with an integrated computer catalog which allows a patron to see what is in the entire collection by checking the PAC (public access catalog) at any library. One library card can be used at all locations to borrow materials. Materials borrowed from one library branch can be returned to another, and library materials from any location may be delivered to another branch that is the most convenient for a patron to use.

The Board of Library Trustees and staff cooperate and communicate with other libraries in the area as well as community agencies, groups, and organizations with purposes and activities related to library objectives.

This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Board and staff in making decisions about library collections. It also examines the demographic and cultural context by which materials are added to the collection. The general philosophical basis for selection and support for the protection of intellectual freedom are included with specific guidelines for the purchase of various types of material for a diverse clientele.

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Download a PDF of the entire Collection Development Policy.
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