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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.

What types of rooms are available for meetings/events and how do I reserve them?

Your Dayton Metro Library is the place to meet! There are performance spaces, gathering places, conference rooms and study areas. Whether you need a small, quiet space for study, a larger room for collaboration, or a venue to host an important event – the right size space is available at your Dayton Metro Library. Fees may apply depending on your nonprofit status and on what rooms are requested for rental.

To get started, checkout our Library Spaces page and first review our room usage policies. When you are ready to reserve a space to meet or study call 937.463.2665.

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 through the Library and it is easy to use. Just click on the OverDrive icon on our home page in the 'Our Digital Collection' link row or on any page in our site footer. 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?

Actually, 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.

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 fax machines?

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 5 - 7 days.

  • How long is the loan period?
    • Most items are loaned for 21 days while movies and media 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.

  • Are there overdue fees for items?
    • While Dayton Metro Library is fine free, SearchOhio and OhioLink are not. Fines apply to items borrowed through SearchOhio/OhioLink at a rate of $0.50 per day.

  • What if an item is lost?
    • Replacement fees are levied in addition to overdue fines.
    • The fee to replace a SearchOhio lost item is $25 in addition to accrued fines.
    • Due to the higher cost of academic library items, lost OhioLINK items cost $110 to replace in addition to accrued fines.

Collection Development Policy

Introduction

"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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